Opinions? Will This Work?

Decorating By Stephy42088 Updated 15 Apr 2012 , 2:40pm by ReneeFLL

Stephy42088 Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 4:44pm
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Hey everyone!
This weekend I'll be making a rapunzel themed cake. The cake base will be a 14" round (4"-5" high) and then there will be a large tower on top. The customer wants the cake to be like a scene so the tower will be off to the side, not in the middle. She wants it so large to make a statement and be a wow factor at her daughter's party. She will also be providing cake toys to place on the cake for the characters.
My question is regarding the tower, my original idea was to do 4 6" rounds stacked on top of each other and then the big cupcake top for the pointed top of the tower. I use SPS for all of my supports but figured this will need something extra so I was going to take a big rod and screw it into a wooden base board and then thread the cake through that all the way through. I would still use SPS and just drill a hold through it so it would fit over the large rod. Do you think this will be enough support? And would I be able to transport in one piece? Or should I scrap the idea of doing the tower with 6" round cakes and make it out of rice krispie treats instead?
Any direction, advice or ideas are welcome. Thank you all so much!! icon_smile.gif

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SRumzis Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 7:27pm
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Personally I would transport the tower separately then assemble on site. If it was going in the middle of the cake I would probably transport as one piece with a couple wooden dowels through the whole thing, but off to one side makes me a bit nervous. Just my two cents!

Stephy42088 Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 8:03pm
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Thank you for your reply! What about doing the cake in RKT vs 6" cake rounds? The more I think about it the more I'm thinking of getting PVC and molding some rice krispies around it to make it larger and attaching the pvc to the cake board....but I guess in this case I would have to transport it already stacked?

CWR41 Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 9:30pm
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Originally Posted by Stephy42088

My question is regarding the tower, my original idea was to do 4 6" rounds stacked on top of each other and then the big cupcake top for the pointed top of the tower. I use SPS for all of my supports but figured this will need something extra so I was going to take a big rod and screw it into a wooden base board and then thread the cake through that all the way through. I would still use SPS and just drill a hold through it so it would fit over the large rod. Do you think this will be enough support? And would I be able to transport in one piece?




I like this idea... the rod screwed into the base would be ideal especially for transporting. I don't think I'd use SPS with holes drilled into the plates... there wouldn't be much cake left to serve with the large diameter legs taking up the space--dowels and cake circles would provide enough support. Also, four 6" rounds doesn't seem very towering--that would only be 8" tall... with internal dowels instead of legs, you could use 4" rounds over the rod and use as many as you'd like to make it taller (with supports for every 4" of cake height).

CWR41 Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 9:30pm
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Duplicate post.

kaat Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 11:06pm
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Not sure if this helps but I think its a similar shape to what you are trying to achieve. Its PVC pipe and 4" cake rounds. The first pic is the structure and the next few that follow show the steps.
Hope that helps.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=198540010170139&set=a.125741957449945.15782.118625371494937&type=3
If you are off setting the tower just watch the weigh distribution so won't tip!

tokazodo Posted 11 Apr 2012 , 11:31pm
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Originally Posted by kaat

Not sure if this helps but I think its a similar shape to what you are trying to achieve. Its PVC pipe and 4" cake rounds. The first pic is the structure and the next few that follow show the steps.
Hope that helps.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=198540010170139&set=a.125741957449945.15782.118625371494937&type=3
If you are off setting the tower just watch the weigh distribution so won't tip!






This is freaking awesome! If it can hold the cactus, surely it can hold the tower.

mbranko24 Posted 12 Apr 2012 , 12:35am
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I made a Rapunzel tower cake for my daughter's 3rd birthday in January. I used a pipe- flange method that I found from a wonderful woman n theWilton forum. If you search fora thread on Pipe-Flange Method, you can find it.

What I did was make a 16 inch round wooden base and attach the pipe- flange to that inthe middle. I am you could do the same concept off- center as well. I threaded a 14 inch round and a 10 inch round over the pipe as my ase cakes, but used RKT around the pipe to form the tower. I purchased a brick impression mat and covered the RKT with gray fondant.

The top of the tower was much more tricky and extremely time consuming to do all the deails so I used a 6 inch cake dummy and overed it with fondant and gumpaste decos and details.

O, in short, you can use. Pipe/flange method, off- center and use RKT to build your tower.

cakecraving Posted 12 Apr 2012 , 12:37am
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I did a tower cake for my friends daughter. They are soooo much fun and a little stressful
here is the link
http_cakecentral.com_gallery_2159433_tangled-cake

I used a 10 inch and a 6 inch with RK treats all the way up. I used a thick wooden dowel that ran from top to bottom. This cake was transported in one piece. I hate putting cakes together with people around. Hope this all helps icon_smile.gif

Moovaughan Posted 12 Apr 2012 , 12:45am
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This one I can answer! Take one masonite board cut to whatever size you want screw in (1) 3/4" pvc pipe cap to the board then cut (1) pvc pipe about 12" long and place into the 3/4" pvc pipe cap you screwed into the masonite board then take nother (1) 3/4" pvc pipe cap and screw it to a 4" plumber blank. Then that will pop on top of the 12" long pvc pipe you have already affixed to the masonite board. I did the tower in rice krispy treats. (I'm trying to attach a picture, but just in case check out my photos and you'll see my tangled cake.)

I'll be more than happy to pm you a sketch of how it goes if you intersted.

cakecraving Posted 12 Apr 2012 , 1:22am
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@ Moovaughan good idea and I could not get my pic to attach either. Your cake is beautiful icon_smile.gif

Stephy42088 Posted 12 Apr 2012 , 12:34pm
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thank you everyone for your replies and help!! Last night I went and got a wooden base board and large wooden dowel and I'm going to screw the two of them together and thread the cakes over top of them. My shop neighbor where my bakery is at is a woodworking shop so he can help me with cutting to the right sizes and getting the two pieces together securely. I've also decided to do the tower out of cake and carve it down slightly and taper from the top down. Since the base cake is so large I wanted the tower to be pretty large as well. Thank you again for all of your help!! I'll post pictures when it's finished

Stephy42088 Posted 15 Apr 2012 , 2:03pm
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Hey everyone! thank you for all of your help and advice, here is a picture of the finished cake. i'm happy with how it turned out, although I was so nervous! thank you again!! icon_smile.gif

http://cakecentral.com/gallery/2308359/rapunzel-cake

ReneeFLL Posted 15 Apr 2012 , 2:40pm
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Wow that came out really nice. Lucky 2 year old. She must have been thrilled.

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