Supporting A 3 Tier Square Cake With Middle Tier Turned

Decorating By mj812 Updated 13 Oct 2010 , 5:41pm by mj812

mj812 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 2:23pm
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Hi,

I'd like to use the sps to support a 6, 8, and 10" square cake with the middle tier turned so that the corners are lined up with the middle of the sides of the tier above and below. I tried it on a fake cake and it seemed like the legs would be too close to the edge of the cake and could blow out the sides.

How have you all supported this style of cake?

Thanks so much!!

MJ

6 replies
TexasSugar Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 2:34pm
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I haven't used SPS, but could you use a 6in plate under the 8in cake so that the dowels go in more to the center?

CWR41 Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 2:42pm
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Originally Posted by mj812

I'd like to use the sps to support a 6, 8, and 10" square cake with the middle tier turned so that the corners are lined up with the middle of the sides of the tier above and below.




That's because a 6" cake should be stacked on at least a 9" or else it will overhang, and the 9" should be stacked on at least a 13".

For offset, here are the right angle measurements:
4" 5.66
5" 7.07
6" 8.49
7" 9.9
8" 11.31
9" 12.73
10" 14.14
11" 15.56
12" 16.97
13" 18.38
14" 19.8
15" 21.21
16" 22.63
17" 24.04
18" 25.46

Darth_Aerdna Posted 7 Oct 2010 , 2:53pm
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I recently tried to do this on a wedding cake. I found, like CWR41 stated, that the 8" was too large to stack on the 10" without "Hangover".

I ended up going with the slight twist not a full rotation.

mj812 Posted 8 Oct 2010 , 10:39pm
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Yes, there will be the overhang but this is what this lady wants, so...

I had thought about the 6" plate for the 8" tier and may have to do that even though it's not ideal and then put the 6" on top on site. Thank you for that icon_smile.gif

I guess really that is probably the only way to go if I do use sps.

indydebi Posted 9 Oct 2010 , 12:03am
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Originally Posted by mj812

Yes, there will be the overhang but this is what this lady wants, so...


Sometimes what they want is not really do-able or can't be engineering properly. It's ok to say, "that won't really work properly, but what we CAN do instead is ......"

they might want a 10-lb bowling ball on the top of the 5 tier cake, but that doesn't mean I have to agree to do it.

I just have a concern that even tho' "this is what this lady wants" is what will be delivered, she'll look at it and of course it will be YOUR fault that her cake looks "not right", and she'll expect a refund.

mj812 Posted 13 Oct 2010 , 5:41pm
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Yes, certainly I often say "this might not work so well" but we could do this instead. But this lady had a photo of this cake and loved the proportions so despite my suggestions this is what she wanted.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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