to stack an 8 inch inch tier (4 inches tall) on top of a 6 inch tier of the same height?
I have this ambitious idea for a cake for a cake competition at the end of April. I'll be using dummies but can't do anything with them that I can't do with real cake. I'm assuming that with the right support you can but I'm having a hard time finding examples. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
sounds cool..............why don't you just bake the cakes and try it out? That's the only way to know for sure. Unless someone really has done it before and can answer your question.
I've seen pictures of teired cakes that are upside down so it must be possible. Just do a google image search of "upside down tiered cakes" and you will find plenty of examples. Here are links to a couple of pics:
You'll have to scroll about halfway down the page for this one-- http://www.pieceofcakedesserts.com/weddingcakes.html
This link is for an upside down cake stand-- http://www.wedding-cake-stands.com/upside-down-cake-stand.html
And these are some forum posts here on CC that had some pics-- http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-686404-.html&sid=196ffc46c3cea991914fc7d7cffe32b6 and http://cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-606960-.html&sid=bd1d6bb672593f1c3c377bbec8d4cb77
Yes, you can do it. There are amazing decorators who do "upside down" tier cakes as you describe. I frankly have no idea how they set up their multi-tier structures. But for your purpose, I can suggest that you'll need a sturdy cardboard cake circle under your 8" tier to support the overhang. Then use whatever dowels/straws you'd normally use in your 6" tier (though I've never used dummies do I don't know if you need internal support) . You'll certainly need to work on getting the balance perfect, and I'm sure there will be other issues that will arise. But it sounds like fun. Good luck!