Cake Spacer Help

Decorating By Lizmybit Updated 15 Apr 2011 , 4:51pm by GGFan

Lizmybit Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 2:58pm
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HI!!

I am thinking about using a cake spacer for the first time ever. I assume that I can just use white foam. I'm wondering though can it be covered in Buttercream? Having never used one I'm not sure of how well buttercream covers.

Also, how do I dowel it? should I not use the cardboard cake rounds so that I can dowel from the top tier through to the bottom?

My Plan is to only use 1 spacer. I have a 6 inch round, 8 inch square, 10 inch round. I was going to use a spacer between the 10 and 8 inch. And I'm not sure if I should use a round or a square spacer.

What do you think? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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CWR41 Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 3:47pm
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Styrofoam cake dummies can be covered in buttercream.

Doweling a dummy isn't necessary, just make sure the dummy is on its own board so that it isn't pierced by the dowels below. All cakes should also be on their own cake boards.

An 8 inch square cake will not fit on a 10 inch round... it needs to go on a 12 inch round so that it doesn't overhang.
Right angle measurements:
4" 5.66
5" 7.07
6" 8.49
7" 9.9
8" 11.31
9" 12.73
10" 14.14
11" 15.56
12" 16.97
13" 18.38
14" 19.8
15" 21.21
16" 22.63
17" 24.04
18" 25.46

CWR41 Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 3:52pm
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Also, I would use a square styrofoam spacer under a square cake as it will provide more support to the corners than a round spacer would.

GGFan Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 4:32pm
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This is what I was wondering too. Thank you CWR41 icon_smile.gif Would you center dowel the whole cake if you gonna transport the cake stacked?

Lizmybit Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 4:42pm
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Oh thank you! I think I'll just do all rounds with a spacer. I haven't baked the top two tiers yet. But thanks so much for all the info!!!

Lizmybit Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 4:44pm
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Ok so one more question. If I have 10, 8, 6 inch cake rounds and I want to put a spacer between the top two tiers...what size spacer should I use? would a 4 inch give enough stability? I assume it needs to be smaller than the top tier.

CWR41 Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 4:49pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GGFan

This is what I was wondering too. Thank you CWR41 icon_smile.gif Would you center dowel the whole cake if you gonna transport the cake stacked?




First of all, I don't see any advantage to transport a cake already assembled when dummies are used... it's easy enough to assemble on site. With this cake, I wouldn't attempt to deliver it stacked because it's already top heavy, and why chance it with two tiers above a smaller diameter dummy below... it could rock and roll, and crash and burn!

GGFan Posted 15 Apr 2011 , 4:51pm
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Oh I see. That make sense. Thank you icon_smile.gif

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