Do I Have To Dowel?

Decorating By Jillybean78 Updated 1 Feb 2011 , 4:06pm by Jillybean78

Jillybean78 Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 8:18pm
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Hello all!

I am making my first three teired cake for my dad's upcomming surprise party and I have no idea is I should use dowels for this cake. Is it necessary to do this step?

I have seen some youtube videos on this, but just some feedback on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, and wish me luck!

4 replies
leah_s Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 8:35pm
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Yes! you have to support the cake for every 4" of vertical height.

Now you don't have to use dowels. You could use SPS, for example.

Tclanton Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 8:40pm
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The purpose of the dowels is to keep the second tier on top of the first. You must dowel or use some kind of stacking system. If not, you could have a big mess and you dont want that after all the hard work.

Use four dowels in first and second layer - use cardboard separators or the plastic ones.

Hope this helps you.

Jillybean78 Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 4:06pm
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Thank you all so very much, I am looking forward to the challenge!

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