I am making 4 inch high tiers. 10inch round and 8inch round. Do I need sps or for a cake this small could I use straws? I have never tiered a cake before and this is for a 1st b-day for my girlfriends daughter. It will be fondant covered so the tiers will be a little heavy. I am not a professional....if you couldn't tell by the questions, just a hobbyist. Thanks!
I am no expert but i would put in some straws or dowels. I did not on my first fondant cake and the bottom tier of fondant cracked because of the weight So now I put supports in all of mine
I would put in dowel rods just to make sure. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
You can use 4-5 straws (or lollipop sticks or small wooden dowels or thick skewers, or really anything of that general type that you happen to have around ) poked into the bottom tier, with a cardboard cake round under the upper tier. The cardboard base rests on top of the straws/sticks/dowels and that's plenty of support for a cake that size.
Would it be overkill to use SPS? or am I better off with the dowel/straw method? Thanks for all the replies so far.
I make small 2 tier cakes like that all the time. Just finished up a 10", 7" today. On cakes this size, I use bubble tea straws. NEVER (knock on wood) had a problem. I see Duff's staff on Ace of Cakes using them all the time too.
Straws it is! Thanks!