briloves2bake Posted 29 Feb 2012 , 6:25pm
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so i made a 3-tier cake and i put lots of dowels im the bottom two layers to support the cake but i went wrong somewere and the cake was sinking in the middle and ended up a little lopsided. i think were i went wrong was that i didnt have the 3 cakes on boards? any info would be great as i have another tier cake to do in a month

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AZCouture Posted 29 Feb 2012 , 6:37pm
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You would be correct. Unless you are Sandra Lee, you need to have each cake on it's own cardboard or something similar. That's what the dowels hold up, they aren't holding up the cake, they're holding the board. Is this for a customer?

briloves2bake Posted 29 Feb 2012 , 6:46pm
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i thought thats what the prob was. no neither of the cakes were for customers. the one i did was for my moms 55th and the next on is for my bday(LOL). im new at this so thought i would start out on family and friends before i think about selling them.

AZCouture Posted 29 Feb 2012 , 6:47pm
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Oh that's good to hear.

CWR41 Posted 29 Feb 2012 , 7:46pm
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Originally Posted by briloves2bake

so i made a 3-tier cake and i put lots of dowels...




For future success, "LOTS of dowels" will perforate your cake causing it to fall apart. Overdoweling is possible, so be sure to use only the minimum amount required.

This should help you with dowel placement, and remind you not to attempt stacking without cardboards:
http://www.wilton.com/cakes/tiered-cakes/stacked-tiered-cake-construction.cfm

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