I am about to make a beer mug cake (4 stacked 6" rounds) covered in buttercream and fondant. I am putting a cardboard round in the middle to separate, but will this cake need the support of a dowel? I was also going to make a graduation cap out of RKT and lean it against the beer mug so I want to make sure it can support it (even if it is light). Any suggestions!?
You are supposed to dowel every 4 inches of cake (generally 2 layers) so the answer would be yes. If you are also going to be traveling with it then you would want a center dowel as well (in my opinion).
I use SPS and prefer it to dowels and for a cake like this I think it's a perfect solution but if you don't have time to order it, you still need to support the top 4 inches of cake. Hope that helps.
When in doubt, dowel. Cake is heavier than you think.
I did a cake like that a few weeks ago and it will definitely be heavier than you might think. Better safe than sorry - I'd dowel it!
Thanks for the advice- will definitely dowel. Its probably too late for SPS but I will look into that for future cakes. Thanks again!
Just an update... I used a long dowel going through the entire beer mug and used 3 dowels for the bottom half with a cardboard round separator and it worked beautifully! Didn't have to worry about it at all. Once again thanks for the great advice!
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The cake turned out great. Love the foam.
That looks awesome!