Ok, I'm REALLY new to cake decorating (just since this past July), and I have yet to do a tiered cake. Well, my father and step-mother's anniversary is the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have a cake I'd like to make for them. It's 2-tiered (10" on the bottom, 8" on the top) and since I've never done one before, I don't know if I need to support this with dowels or not. Both tiers will be 2, 2" layers of cake, so I'm thinking I need to support it, but want to make sure. And are there special "plates" I put between the 2 layers that the dowels support? One of these days I'm going to invest in the SPS system, but right now I'll have to settle for the best way to support this one. I have a cake supply store (Cake Castle) I'll be going to later on today, so was hoping to pick up what I'll need then. Thanks for any assistance you can give me!
Yes, you should support it. Here's a video on it.
Any time you stack a cake tou need supports. If you are not transporting it assembled the dowel rods cut to size inserted in the bottom tier to support the top tier (on its own cake board) should be sufficient. for a 10" supporting an 8" I usually use 6 rods.
Yes you will need dowels or straws for support. If you can find bubble tea straws, they work very well. Most Aisian grocery stores stock them.
Heres a link to Wiltons instructions on doweling tiers.
Also a Wilton link on constructing assorted styles of tiered cakes.
Good luck! And most of all, have fun!
Thanks everyone for your input. I'll definitely get those supports for the cake. Thanks again!