Ok, so I'm wanting some opinions on the best supports to use when stacking tiered cakes directly on top of each other. For years I have used cookie sticks, rather than dowel rods becuase they are easier to cut and I can leave them in the cakes and just use cutters to cut them right even with the icing. I never really liked wood dowel rods because they are a pain to cut. Reciently though, I have seen people using all sorts of things for support, like straws or round plastic tubes. I was just wondering what is the best choice for stacking? I've never had problems with the cookie sticks, it just seems that I have to use several of them, especially with a heavy cake, to make sure it is supported well. I'm almost out of cookie sticks, and was going to reorder more, but though about changing what I use if there are better options out there. So I figured I might find some advice on here.
Thanks for the help.
I use bubble straws which are about four time the width of normal straws. They are extremely easy to handle and I have never had a problem with stacking. I got mine off eBay. I'm not going back to wooden dowels anytime soon.
I also use bubble tea straws. Here I find them at restaurant depot, or asian stores like stupid prices of uwijamaya. Never had a problem, and they are so easy to use. I usually use 6-8 in my bottom tier, and 4 in the middle. (for a 6-9-12 cake)
I use Milk Shake Straws, which are very thick and about 1/4 inch around. They work very well for smaller 2 tier cakes. The straws can be cut with scissors.
For larger wedding cakes, I use the poly dowels from G.S.A.
There are two sizes, 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. My most recent square wedding cake, I used the 1/2 inch and I cut them with pruning shears. (A brand new pair)
I still use a wooden dowel for the center support rod. (I cut that with the pruning shears also.
I want to try the cardboard dowels that tonedna uses. I was going to place an order last summer for a cake I was making but didn't have enough time for delivery. You have to place a minimum order of 20.00 and the dowels are reasonably priced. I think I calculated 85 dowels for 20.00. they have different lengths to choose from. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvaCSW78ybc
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