Straws Vs Dowels

Decorating By lesmosa Updated 17 Mar 2012 , 2:43am by All4Show

lesmosa Posted 15 Mar 2012 , 7:36pm
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Hi All,

Just wondering what you normally use as support for stacked cakes. Straws or dowels? Which is better or are they pretty much the same.
Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you

13 replies
BlakesCakes Posted 15 Mar 2012 , 9:44pm
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I use bubble tea straws.

Easy to cut, only need half as many as wooden dowels, have the "power" of the hollow cylinder, don't slip out of position easily.


sabileos1 Posted 15 Mar 2012 , 10:30pm
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I used to use wood dowells and the last 3 or so cakes ive made i used boba tea straws and love them! I feel so much better using the straws and i havent gotten any buldges or anything!! although i have only used them on 2 tierd cakes. Not sure if they would hold up to the weight of a 3 or more tier cake.

lesmosa Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 5:56pm
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Thank you! I'm relieved that you both find straws better. I personally am not a fan of dowels, but have never tried straws.

GGFan Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 6:17pm
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Will the straws hold up the weight of a 4-5 tiers cake? Where do you get your straws? Thank you icon_smile.gif

Rach80 Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 6:26pm
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Hey there. I have used straws for a 3 tier cake, and I'm making one at the end of the month that's a 4 tier. 12, 10, 8 & 6. I plan to stack at the venue so I'm not worried about them not holding. Add I have found them at Walmart and my local grocery store. The grocery store had them hanging in an isle and the package says "Milkshake Straws". They're just a really big straw. I've even heard of others using fast food place's straws because they are bigger.

dchinda Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 7:45pm
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I have used the boba straws on all my tiered cakes including my 4 tier cake. They are easier to cut & they hold a lot of weight. They are very cheap if you buy them at Asian markets.

kakeladi Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 7:50pm
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Straws are definately the way to go icon_smile.gif As was said, easy to get, cut and place, along w/be *VERY!* strong.
The only time I would not use them would be for a very heavy cake recipe and over 14" tier. Most of the tiered cakes in my gallery were made using straws.

GGFan Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 7:52pm
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Thank you, Rach80 icon_smile.gif
Do you stack them before you leave dchinda or stack them when you get there like Rach80.? Thank you icon_biggrin.gif

Annabakescakes Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 9:43pm
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I have been known to walk in to McDonalds and grab a hand full of straws icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif That was a few years back, and it was an emergency. Now I have a whole case of them, which I doubt I'll ever use all of them. I wonder how much it would cost to ship some?

Goreti Posted 16 Mar 2012 , 10:08pm
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I have a hard time cutting the dowels correctly so now I use the straws. I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond and I think the package cost around $2.

Bridgette1129 Posted 17 Mar 2012 , 1:27am
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I just used bubble tea straws ($1 for 50 Asian grocery store) for the first time with an 8"/10" cake. Worked well but I also just bought SPS.

costumeczar Posted 17 Mar 2012 , 1:45am
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I just use dowels.

All4Show Posted 17 Mar 2012 , 2:43am
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SPS for wedding cakes and straws for smaller birthday cakes.

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