Structural Question

Decorating By Pebbles1727 Updated 20 Jul 2010 , 3:38am by leah_s

Pebbles1727 Posted 19 Jul 2010 , 11:12pm
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Hi everyone,
my little bit wants a pirate ship for his upcoming birthday, but it's not going to be big enough to feed everyone at the party, so I was considering placing it on top of round or square tier. How do you all handle the support structure since the ship itself will not go on top of square or round cake board?
Any advice?
Thanks in advance, P

11 replies
CWR41 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 12:25am
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Trim your cake board to the size/shape of the bottom of the ship.

Pebbles1727 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:32am
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And then what?

Doug Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:40am
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support with dowels like any multi-tier cake.

Pebbles1727 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:44am
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Hmm, I don't use dowels on my tiered cake, only SPS. My concern is that cake board under the ship will collapse because of additional weight of so much fondant and decorations. How many dowels would I need to use and what their configuration be?

Doug Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:47am
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configuration and # would depend upon shape. minimum of 4

foamcoare can be used in place of cardboard

Pebbles1727 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:49am
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Can I use foamcore with SPS? Columns just seem much sturdier than dowels...

Doug Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 1:54am
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now you need to get Leah_s advice. She's the SPS expert!

MyDiwa Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 2:28am
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Yes I believe you can use SPS with foam core but given that your top tier (the boat) is not the standard shapes (round or square) I don't think you can use SPS.

WOuld you not just place dowels under the portion of the base cake that will be sitting under the ship and kind of spread the dowels for even support? That would be my guess.

CWR41 Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 3:22am
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If you don't like wooden dowels, you can use Wilton hidden pillars.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 3:33am
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Or, If you are really concerned, use the SPS and frost the top plate right in there. The you don't have to worry about the shape of the boat. It will sit on the hidden plate that is as big as the cake it is sitting on.

leah_s Posted 20 Jul 2010 , 3:38am
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Yep. If the boat is sitting on foamcore, the foamcore will support the cake weight even if it overhangs the SPS plate (some).

You should be fine!

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