Supporting A Cake

Decorating By orianaklump Updated 24 Jul 2011 , 5:21pm by BlakesCakes

orianaklump Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 12:24pm
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I made a shopping bag cake (and it turned out really first) I had support dowels in each layer and one that went through the middle of the entire cake and INTO the cake board. The cake fell over about 6 hours after I put the panels and everything on and finsihed it up. It seemed sturdy when I was done with it. Was there something else I should have done to make it sturdier?

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Occther Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 12:36pm
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How tall was it? You might have tried a thicker board. I often make my own cake boards of 3 layers of 1/2" foam board covered with contact paper. Then put two sharpened dowels into the cake all the way into the boards.

orianaklump Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 12:51pm
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I was about 8 1/2" tall and I did a double cake it was about 1/2 thick...

Occther Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 1:20pm
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I would use THREE (or even 4) 1/2" thick foam board (the thicker ones - not the thin ones) - so the base would be 1 1/2" - not 1/2".

BlakesCakes Posted 24 Jul 2011 , 5:21pm
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I use half inch foamcore under those types of tall, thin cakes.
I support every 4 inches of cake (on it's own board).
I use a small bubble level to make sure that each "tier" is completely level, and I always spike the cake to the board with 2 long dowels.


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