At What Point Are Dowel Rods Needed??

Decorating By Niffer817 Updated 28 Aug 2010 , 7:24pm by BlakesCakes

Niffer817 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 4:43am
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I'm making a 3 tier cake. Each is only 1 layer but filled. Do I need dowel rods? I've never stacked a cake before, so this is all new. I'm prepared to do it, but if I don't need to I'd like to wait for another time. lol

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kater82 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 4:51am
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yeah you should stack any tiered cake. If you dont the weight of the top cakes will smoosh the bottom cake. There are tons of tutorials on the web. you can even look on you tube.

CWR41 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 5:53am
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Originally Posted by kater82

yeah you should stack any tiered cake. If you dont the weight of the top cakes will smoosh the bottom cake. There are tons of tutorials on the web. you can even look on you tube.




I believe you meant to say "you should dowel any tiered cake".

As a general rule, every 4" of cake height should have a support system.
Because your tiers are only 1 layer each and you'll probably be serving them separately, you might as well support them separately as well.

Ivy383 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 6:14am
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Yes you do. icon_wink.gif I always use them whwn stacking cakes. icon_biggrin.gif

Niffer817 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 6:19am
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Thanks! I'm in the process of doing it. It's easier than I thought.

AnnieCahill Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 10:36am
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They are never needed if you use SPS. icon_smile.gif

BlakesCakes Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 7:24pm
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Originally Posted by Niffer817

I'm making a 3 tier cake. Each is only 1 layer but filled. Do I need dowel rods? I've never stacked a cake before, so this is all new. I'm prepared to do it, but if I don't need to I'd like to wait for another time. lol




I'm not certain what you're describing here.

A layer is generally only 1" or 2" tall. A tier consists of 2 or more layers the same size put together (resulting in something 3+ inches tall) or a single 3"+ tall cake, usually torted and filled.

If each cake is only one, 2" layer, then you don't need support until you put the top layer on. The general rule of thumb is supports every 4 inches of cake.

Rae

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