5 Tier Cake Using Wilton 9" Crystal Look Spikes And Pla

Decorating By mbn504 Updated 23 Jul 2012 , 1:55pm by mbn504

mbn504 Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 3:14pm
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I have done stacked cakes up to four tiers high, but have not used pillars and plates. I have a friend who wants a five tier cake sizes 14/12/10/8/6 with the 9" crystal look spikes between the tiers so that she can place flowers between the tiers. I noticed that Wilton recommends using two cake rounds for extra support. I was thinking of using masonite cake boards for extra strength, but also worried about weight. I'm also concerned about the stability as this cake as it will be very high and placed on a silver cake stand also.

Has anyone used these cake spikes for a cake this high and can you tell me how it worked? Is the cake stable and are there any tricks to make sure I have that stability? Of course I will try to make sure that the cakes are centered and not off-balance, but is that difficult using these?

The bride also showed me a Wilton cake stand that had the center rod, but some of the reviews I read said that it broke. The bride didn't really like the white plate showing either and wanted more room between the tiers for flowers, which is why we talked about the 9" crystal look spikes.

Thanks for any suggestions for tips!!

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BakingIrene Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 3:20pm
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You attached a picture of the Crystal Clear set. These legs are plenty strong to hold up 5 tiers of cake. No need for dowels with this design either. But I bought just these pillars for my own plates (homemade hexagonal). Cake was just fine in a buttercream cake in the summertime in an air-conditioned hall.

You can use 8 pillars per separation if you want more stability than 4. Just buy more pillars and put them in using a template so that all the tiers line up. They really "disappear" from sight in service.

The plates that come with this set are white, not clear. They have nubs underneath to hold the pillars. You MUST transport the cake as separate tiers, and you will have no trouble.

kakeladi Posted 10 Jun 2012 , 8:46pm
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Yah, what she ^^^ said icon_smile.gif
that is going to be one *very!* UNstable creation icon_sad.gif
Very tall and thin so it must have a very firm, stable base and NOT be moved or even touched once set up.

mbn504 Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 9:53pm
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Thank you! I ended up buying the sps with 9" legs/columns, which appeared to be larger in diameter than the twisted legs above. Has anyone used these and left them at the 9" level? This is for flowers between the tiers.


kakeladi Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 10:13pm
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If your cake tiers are 4" tall, there will be a 4 1/2"- 5" space between the tiers that will be filled with flowers. that will take a lot of flowers to fill. The finished cake should be very stable - well as stable as a tall tower can be.
No need to worry about using masonite boards now as you will be using plates. Put each tier on a single cake board that goes on the cake plate with a generous dab of icing.
As was mentioned before, transport each tier seperately and put together on site. As long as *the table and s ilver cake stand* are *level* that should not be any problem.

mbn504 Posted 20 Jul 2012 , 10:31pm
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Thank you so much! Yes, the masonite board it out. Just using the cake plate separators. The bride's mother is doing the flowers and they wanted as much space as possible. I have already checked the table (appears very sturdy) and I have a level with my things. icon_smile.gif Thanks again!

mbn504 Posted 21 Jul 2012 , 9:16pm
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Cake turned out fine using the single plate separators with 9" legs. The mother of the bride added the flowers, but I stood by to gently hold the cake to make sure there were no mishaps.

Addictive_desserts Posted 22 Jul 2012 , 5:40am
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Looks beautiful. Well done!

Apti Posted 22 Jul 2012 , 6:14am
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Well done!!! Gorgeous, 5 tier cake!

mbn504 Posted 22 Jul 2012 , 9:50pm
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Thank you both!

BakingIrene Posted 23 Jul 2012 , 12:54pm
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Great cake. Looks like it would survive a dance party right next to it.

OK now for a belated lesson in taking pics.

You pointed at the window which is what the camera used for the exposure setting. Next time point at a wall, however grotty looking, and the cake will be bright in the picture. The wall can be edited with Photoshop or similar software--but the cake has to be clear and well lit for your personal archive pictures.

mbn504 Posted 23 Jul 2012 , 1:55pm
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Thank you! I am definitely not a photographer. They put antique doors behind the cake after the cake was finished, which helps with the windows. I'll remember that next time.


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