I am making a tall cake (just one tier) in the shape of a glass. I will be stacking and carving a 4"/5"/6"/7" to look like a milk glass. How do I support this? I have tried this in the past and even with a middle dowel, the cake either sinks into each other or goes lopsided. Do I put a cardboard support before I put on the 3rd layer? I just can't seem to get this "tall" thing right and it's driving me crazy!! Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks so much!
You need a cardboard support for every 4 inches of cake, with sufficient dowels underneath. I would use at least 4 dowels for the bottom tiers, in addition to a central dowel. Hope that made sense!
I agree. good luck and show us pic!!
I'm a bit confused. If the bottom of the cake is only 4" around and the top is 7", how in the world am I going to get 4 dowels, plus a center dowel into the cake that is so narrow at the bottom?? I think this type of cake is my "challenge". Lol!
Maybe you can get away with only 3 small dowels spaced in a triangle with room for the center dowel to come through the middle. Each tier should only have to support the weight of the tier above it.
I think going from 4 inches to 7 inches might be a little too much of an angle. Maybe go from 4 to 6, that wouldn't be as drastic. And support each layer with dowels, I usually use 3 straws each layer in a triangle pattern. Then center dowel the whole thing, making sure your dowel goes into your final board or it could still topple. Also, if you are covering with fondant I have found it is easier to go from small to big, so maybe turn your cake over and cover it from bottom to top and the very top with a circle. Since it is a cup design that would work fine, the seam would look intentional. HTH