Don't Have Dowel But Can I Sub This With It?

Decorating By BabyGSR Updated 5 Aug 2011 , 6:13pm by kakeladi

BabyGSR Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 5:01pm
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I don't have dowel for my cake but I did find some Hobby craft sticks wood, non toxic assorted colors in my house. Would it be okay to use those? I also have some lollipop sticks as well.

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CWR41 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:15pm
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I don't have dowel for my cake but I did find some Hobby craft sticks wood, non toxic assorted colors in my house. Would it be okay to use those?




No, not if those are flat.

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I also have some lollipop sticks as well.




Those are most likely make with rolled paper... I wouldn't use them either.

kimmi1963 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:33pm
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The last two tier cakes I have made I used straws in the bottom tier to support the top tier and then used a chopstick for the dowel in the middle for support. It has worked for me so far and the chop stick has been just the right size, so no cutting involved. Hope that this info is useful.

BabyGSR Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:40pm
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CWR41, No it's round, not the flat kind. I figured if it's non toxic I can use them right?

Kimmi that is a great ideal. Thanks.

sarahokie Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:46pm
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I always use straws too. Much easier to cut than dowels. I keep a few extra straws from places like Sonic on hand. I think they're thicker than those you can buy in a package at the grocery store. (Plus it's a reason to keep feeding my Sonic drink addiction.)

CWR41 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:46pm
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CWR41, No it's round, not the flat kind. I figured if it's non toxic I can use them right?




I wouldn't use assorted colors... only natural unpainted/undyed wood.

CWR41 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:49pm
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Most people who use straws aren't using regular drinking straws, they're using bubble tea straws.

kimmi1963 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:54pm
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The straws that I have used are drinking straws from Braum's, an ice cream store here in OK. The are a bit bigger around and pretty sturdy. They give them for pop and shakes.

sarahokie Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:55pm
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Most people who use straws aren't using regular drinking straws, they're using bubble tea straws.




Certainly, this is the more ideal solution. However, they can be difficult to find in the store (at least here on OK). I've used thick drinking straws many times before without any problems.

sarahokie Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:57pm
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The straws that I have used are drinking straws from Braum's, an ice cream store here in OK. The are a bit bigger around and pretty sturdy. They give them for pop and shakes.




I've used the Braum's straws too, without any problems. Great to see so many okies on here!

mrsg1111 Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 7:59pm
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I'm not sure what a bubble tea straw is, but the only time i used straws (the only time i forgot to dowel) was at my daughter's party at a restaurant and i totally forgot to dowel the middle tier. I used straws from the restaurant. They were the wide ones.

BabyGSR Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 8:45pm
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Thanks ladies for a great tips, and I'm glad to see alot of Okies here. I'm from Tulsa.

KoryAK Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 10:41pm
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I use plain old drinking straws.... nearing 700 wedding cakes now.

mariacakestoo Posted 4 Aug 2011 , 10:59pm
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regular straws? I would have thought for sure those were too flimsy. I love bubble straws.

StEt0417 Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 1:42am
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Originally Posted by sarahokie

I always use straws too. Much easier to cut than dowels. I keep a few extra straws from places like Sonic on hand. I think they're thicker than those you can buy in a package at the grocery store. (Plus it's a reason to keep feeding my Sonic drink addiction.)




Oh I didnt know you could use straws! It holds the cake the same as a wooden dowel?

lardbutt Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 2:08am
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Wouldn't there be a difference between "non-toxic" and "food safe"? I would think if the craft sticks weren't make for food related products, then you shouldn't use them with food products.

KoryAK Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 2:56am
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Yep, plain old straws. Take a 4" or so (dowel length) piece of straw, hold it between your first finger and thumb and just TRY to break it icon_smile.gif

funpets Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 4:04am
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Wow,drinking straws,so interesting.

sugarMomma Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 4:25am
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I use straws all the time, so much easier to cut. All the tiered cakes in my pics are doweled with straws. I use plain solid black straws. I would love to be able to find bubble tea straws but have been unable. You would think my cake store would think to stock them, but I guess they make more money selling wooden dowels.

Leikeilana Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 4:49am
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from where I am we dont have dowels as well, we have to order from Australia or America. Next time we get an order for a tiered cake we will try the straws... fingers crossed hope that it works....Our straws here could be different to the ones you have in the states and Canada

KoryAK Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 4:54am
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Mine are about 1/4" thick

MrsBowtiy Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 5:08am
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I use straws the kind I have seem to be a bit thicker than the kind you would get for like a fountain pop at the store, the other thing I have used (only done this once) was kabob sticks like you make shish kabobs on.

Leikeilana Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 5:12am
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Mine are about 1/4" thick



thanks for this..definetly check this out next.

mburkett Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 5:14am
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I buy my bubble tea straws on eBay. Amazon has them too.

StEt0417 Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 5:52pm
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Does it matter the type of straw? Like straws from fast food joints?

kakeladi Posted 5 Aug 2011 , 6:13pm
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......regular straws? I would have thought for sure those were too flimsy..........
......straws! It holds the cake the same as a wooden dowel?...........

YES!! Plain old soda drink straws do a wonderful job of supporting cake. BurgerKing; McD; and as has already be mentioned many other places have great straws. [I'm not fond of TacoBells - too thinicon_sad.gif ]
Tons of wedding cakes have been supported with them. Just be sure you don't get those 'bendable' ones from the grocery store.
When I go to BK I take a fat handful and ask how much 'can I buy some?" usually they will say oh just take them. OR when I go to other resturants they always give a straw when you order a drink. I don't usually use one but will take it home to have on hand. Eventually you build up a nice amounticon_smile.gif

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