Please Critique My Cake "plan"

Decorating By NicoleneSF Updated 28 Apr 2011 , 3:02pm by NicoleneSF

NicoleneSF Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 7:53pm
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I am making a 5 layer cake for my sister-in-law's surprise bday party, due next Saturday. I have only ever made 3 tiers, so I need someone with experience to look over my "plan" and let me know what I need to change or look out for.

Here are the stats:

5 tiers: 12" chocolate pound cake, 10" yellow pound cake, 8",6" & 4" funfetti (her fav flavor)

cardboard and wilton wood dowels (all I've ever used, ideas?)

Fondant, which also adds weight.

I guess my big worry is weight... The bottom 5 layers will be cut into topsy turvy type tiers, so I can attempt the cake to look sort of like the invite. http://www.vistaprint.com/vp/ns/easypath/studio.aspx?pf_id=136&combo=129565.142.1.165713%7c165713%7c137%7c0&uei=221778&icparts=yes&ag=true&combo_id=232501&ssc=1&ag_category_id=1640&filter=9%3a10013%7c%7c1%2c24%3a10073%7c%7c1%2c24%3a10074%7c%7c1%2c24%3a10075%7c%7c1%2c24%3a10076%7c%7c1%2c3%3a10077%7c%7c1%2c4294936929%3a4294936301%7c%7c1&xnav=previews&xnid=button&rd=3&ref=1&referer=http%3a%2f%2fwww.vistaprint.com%2fgallery.aspx%3fpg%3d39%26preid%3d52%26xnav%3dTsrImage%26GP%3d4%252f20%252f2011%2b3%253a51%253a12%2bPM%26GPS%3d1528538501%26GNF%3d1%26GPLSID%3d

Any advice on successfully completing this cake will be appreciated.

Also, do I need a heat core when baking a 12" round?

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Jody130 Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 8:16pm
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Cake sounds awesome, I have recently started using the Single Plate System and love it, it cannot be beat, I dont think I'll ever go back to dowel rods again, it's really worth getting especially for 5 tier cakes, and I just use my flower nail in the center for the larger cakes, it works just like the core.
HTH!

costumeczar Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 8:28pm
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I'd do the topsy-turvy sections with the "flat" method where the tier above is sitting on a level section of the cake, and one side of the bottom cake is carved higher to make it look like it's topsy turvy even though it's not. Does that make any sense?

I would use plastic boards or something stronger than the Wilton cardboards, they stink. I do use the wooden dowels and have no problems with them, though.

Kristie925 Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 8:33pm
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If you use cardboards, double them up to make them stronger. I use wooden dowels also, just make sure you use plenty. The pound cakes on the bottom are a good move, they hold up well under the weight of fondant and the upper tiers.

CWR41 Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 9:48pm
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I use wooden dowels also, just make sure you use plenty.




You should use only enough dowels to do the job.

If you use plenty, the cake will be perforated allowing the cake to fall over along those perfs. When you've had/seen a cake do this, you'll wish it wasn't filled with plenty of dowels.

CWR41 Posted 20 Apr 2011 , 9:59pm
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Keep in mind, that is just a gravity-defying drawing... I wouldn't attempt to do the upper tiers without using lightweight styrofoam cake dummies or you'll have a hard time preventing those layers from sliding apart from one another.

(Unless you'll be making each layer completely horizontal with less chance of disaster!)

Kristie925 Posted 21 Apr 2011 , 12:43pm
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Originally Posted by CWR41

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Originally Posted by Kristie925

I use wooden dowels also, just make sure you use plenty.



You should use only enough dowels to do the job.

If you use plenty, the cake will be perforated allowing the cake to fall over along those perfs. When you've had/seen a cake do this, you'll wish it wasn't filled with plenty of dowels.



I don't mean use 20, I just mean you need one in the center and a few forming a circle around it. On a 6 inch, I use 4, on an 8 inch, I use 6. To me, plenty doesn't mean a lot, it means enough.

CWR41 Posted 21 Apr 2011 , 2:20pm
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Originally Posted by Kristie925

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Originally Posted by CWR41

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Originally Posted by Kristie925

I use wooden dowels also, just make sure you use plenty.



You should use only enough dowels to do the job.

If you use plenty, the cake will be perforated allowing the cake to fall over along those perfs. When you've had/seen a cake do this, you'll wish it wasn't filled with plenty of dowels.


I don't mean use 20, I just mean you need one in the center and a few forming a circle around it. On a 6 inch, I use 4, on an 8 inch, I use 6. To me, plenty doesn't mean a lot, it means enough.




thumbs_up.gif Thanks for specifying an amount... plenty means more than enough, an abundance.

NicoleneSF Posted 28 Apr 2011 , 3:02pm
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Thanks everyone! I have decided to change it to a 4 tier (taking out the 12"), because the smaller Styrofoam dummies I ordered have been delayed.. icon_sad.gif But a 4 tier would work just fine. I think I'll buy some plastic boards, I've been meaning to do that anyway. I do plan on making them all with the horizontal insert.. Thanks again!

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