When To Add Support To Cakes?

Lounge By Pickulz Updated 5 Oct 2010 , 7:00pm by Pickulz

Pickulz Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 3:30pm
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When do you add support to cakes...and what do you use...dowels or straws?
I made a 8 inch round cake and stacked a 6 inch cake on top..i didnt use supports on that one and it was fine...(spiderman cake in my pics)

But now I want to make a 10 inch square, and stack an 8, 6, 4 on top.
I want to make a pyramid ...Something like this...do you think it needs support?

Also...I dont think I can carve a 'stair step'..so I think I will bake another layer 1 -2 inch and just layer it on....


5 replies
tonedna Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 3:58pm
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A cake always needs support if it's stacked. Every 4 inches you should have some support in it.
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leah_s Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 4:08pm
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You were just lucky on that 8/6 stacked. You won't continue to be lucky.
Edna is correct as always. Every 4 vertical inches, cakes need support. You can go 5" for tall tiers, but that's about all.
I use SPS. I gave up dowels years ago, and never tried straws, since SPS works so well.

Pickulz Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 4:52pm
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glad i was lucky!!!

I saw your youtube video Edna on stacking cakes!!!
Loved it!

Can either of you help me with this cake I have to make?
I have a 10 inch pan....and a 6 inch pan (both square)
I dont want to carve a stair step if I dont have to....Im so scared of carving and it crumbling etc. Even though it is all straight lines.

If I bake one layer of a 10 inch cake (2 inches high)..then another layer 8 inches cake...and then 6 and then 4...should i add support after every layer?

Leah_s..I will look at the SPS system now...thanks!!!
If I do use dowels is there a particular width i need?

Thanks a lot!!!

Also..just as a side note...this cake is for kids...and i always think that kids will prefer BC as opposed to MMF...what do you think? That is also my hesitation with this cake...

tonedna Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 5:49pm
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I dont know how other people do it, but when I have cakes each of them in different sizes, I usually support each cake. Usually the size I use for my support system is the size of a bubble straw. At least for smaller cakes.
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Pickulz Posted 5 Oct 2010 , 7:00pm
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Thanks Edna for your reply!!!
I appreciate it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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