twinsplus14me Posted 12 Dec 2011 , 11:53pm
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I've made a WASC cake with a 12" bottom, 9" middle and 6" top tier. The bottom is collapsing on one side. I have cardboard separators between the tiers as well as some dowels. I thought for sure it would be strong enough. Did I do something wrong? Any recommendations?

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cheatize Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 12:17am
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Is it already stacked? If so, unstack it and see if one of the dowels slid sideways or something. Leave it unstacked until you know for sure the problem is fixed.

twinsplus14me Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 1:15am
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Yes, it was already stacked. The dowels were apparently too small, slid sideways and the bottom layer cracked. Thank goodness I had enough time to bake the bottom layer again. Better now than later. icon_sad.gif What size dowels do you usually use on bottom tiers for heavy cakes? I guess this is the heaviest one I've made so far. I've never had this problem before.

kakeladi Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 1:30am
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Dowels/straws that are about 1/4" wide are enough. Look at the ones Wilton sells at a store to understand the size.
How many dowels did you use and how did you measure how tall they needed to be?
A WASC cake is not really that heavyicon_smile.gif To support a 9" tier you should use 5 to 7 dowels spread around an 8" circle. - none in the middle.

twinsplus14me Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 1:44am
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I used 1/4" dowels but I only used 4. Next time I'll put 6 or 7 in. Lesson learned.... icon_redface.gif

leah_s Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 1:44am
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"slid sideways" That's always the problem, or potential problem with dowels. Because they DON'T CONNECT to anything, when they go even a wee bit off perfectly perpendicular, they can cause your cake to fall.

Seriously, get yourself SPS at your earliest moment.

twinsplus14me Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 1:56am
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Originally Posted by leah_s

"slid sideways" That's always the problem, or potential problem with dowels. Because they DON'T CONNECT to anything, when they go even a wee bit off perfectly perpendicular, they can cause your cake to fall.

Seriously, get yourself SPS at your earliest moment.




Definitely! I'm not going thru this again. What a mess. Thanks for the help icon_smile.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 2:44am
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Hey twinsplus14me, I was wondering what your name means? Please tell me that is not how many kids you have icon_eek.gif

cakeandpartygirl Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 3:07am
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Hey twinsplus14me, I was wondering what your name means? Please tell me that is not how many kids you have icon_eek.gif




I think she has 3 children... twins plus 1, for her. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 13 Dec 2011 , 3:17am
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes

Hey twinsplus14me, I was wondering what your name means? Please tell me that is not how many kids you have icon_eek.gif



I think she has 3 children... twins plus 1, for her. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif




Ahhhh! I get it! lol! I have twins plus 2, then!

twinsplus14me Posted 14 Dec 2011 , 1:08am

icon_eek.gif I have 3, a set of twins and a little surprise package that arrived 7 years later.

lauriekailee Posted 14 Dec 2011 , 1:41am
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Originally Posted by leah_s

"slid sideways" That's always the problem, or potential problem with dowels. Because they DON'T CONNECT to anything, when they go even a wee bit off perfectly perpendicular, they can cause your cake to fall.

Seriously, get yourself SPS at your earliest moment.




What is SPS??

kakeladi Posted 14 Dec 2011 , 1:52am

SPS instructions are on a Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Go to page 15 of the Sticky

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