I am in total panic mode! I have a 3D SpongeBob cake due in less than 48 hours, and it keeps falling over! What am I doing wrong! I have done a Thomas and Mack (the semi from Cars) and did not have these problems with the stacks cakes falling over. I get three high (2 in each, 11 in long) and I am fine....but with the fourth it tumbles like mad...just two seconds before I was going to put the wooden dowels in for support. I am about to cry, because these cakes (I am also doing a Scooby Doo) are for my neighbor and I feel as if I am running out of time! Oh yeah, did I mention I work my "real" job this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon??!! I think I already have to bake another square
(I made two 12x12's initially to stack 5 or 6 high...but I can't even get to the fourth!) Anyone have any suggestions on how to keep this cake standing up tall??? Thanks so much in advance!
I did a sitting Spongebob cake once and swore I would never do it again! It wobbled back and forth during delivery, but never fell over. You can see it in my pics. Anyay, are you using cake boards and icing between each layer?
Yes, there was icing inbetween each layer, and the cakes were chilled for carving purposes....I wasn't using cake boards in between each 2" layer...didn't know I should. Will that help with it falling forward??
Just insert dowel rods to keep the cake layers from sliding. Cut them the hieght of the cake and cover the tops with icing.
Just insert dowel rods cut to the hieght of the cake and them cover tops with icing. That will keep the layers from sliding.
Okay these may be two stupid questions....but I gotta go with them! 1-should I insert dowels into the first three layers, and then as I stack higher, insert more dowels?
2- And if I put cake boards in between the layers....how do they cut it? My guess is just knock it over and then start from what would be the top then down to a board?? Now that I type it, I guess it makes sense...brains not working too well right now!!
I did two layers, then two plastic rods on both ends, cake board, two more layers , then a wooden dowel rod down the middle. Hope that helps.
Ok, you can layer two cakes on one board, insert dowels and then do 2 more on another board and set that on top. To cut, you have to disassemble the layers first. Otherwise, you can do what you said first - dowel, add another layer and dowel again. Keep in mind, though, that the cake layers will compress without the board in between for support.
I don't know why I didn't realize that the bottom layer would be virtually non-existent once there were five more layers. I feel like such an idiot, I just completely panicked. I saved the bottom three layers...and the others were written off as disaster and given to the smiling faces next door
So far I have the bottom three layers with a dowel rod in each end. I think I am going to add a cake board next, then two more layers and another dowel rod or two, hopefully that will work. Thanks again everyone! Although I am behind, I don't feel that panicked anymore...until the fondant part comes THX!
Deep breaths - and you can take your frustrations out on the fondant! good luck!