Jenna1588 Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 1:34am
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Hi,

 

I know this has been covered plenty of times but I haven't found exactly what I wanted to know, so here goes!

 

I'm making a 2 tier sponge cake.. I need to support it with dowels right? Can i used wooden dowels? How thick do they need to be? I've seen people use what looked like hard plastic tubes/straws, insert them into tier 1 and cut them.

 

Also, I'm assuming you can't just sit the 2nd tier on, it needs to be on something.. but what? Think I've read somewhere about a piece or card/cardboard? If you use something will it not leave a gap between the tiers?

 

Thanks in advance for any advice. Its much appreciated as always :)

 

 

 

Just remembered to say, its a 8 & 6" square cake, how many dowels will i need. Ta :)

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Sassyzan Posted 18 Sep 2013 , 1:51am
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AWooden dowels are fine. Not sure the size. 1/4" maybe? People also use bubble tea straws. They are much easier to cut and some claim they are sturdier. I found a bag of 50 at bed bath & beyond for like $3. Love them.

Yes,the top layer of cake goes on a cake board, a circle of cardboard. Some people prefer to cover the board in waxed paper or press n seal. You cover the edge of the board with icing and hide any gaps or mistakes with a border.

I strongly suggest looking up a tutorial on YouTube. Edna De la cruz is a good person to start with.

miniflowercake Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 12:52am
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Originally Posted by Sassyzan 

Wooden dowels are fine. Not sure the size. 1/4" maybe? People also use bubble tea straws. They are much easier to cut and some claim they are sturdier. I found a bag of 50 at bed bath & beyond for like $3. Love them.

Yes,the top layer of cake goes on a cake board, a circle of cardboard. Some people prefer to cover the board in waxed paper or press n seal. You cover the edge of the board with icing and hide any gaps or mistakes with a border.
 

 

I've only made one two tier cake, but I didn't use any support in it because the bottom tier was pound cake and since I wasn't moving it much afterwards, I thought it would be fine. (I did put a piece of cardboard between the tiers and piped frosting around the bottom, so the small cracks between the tiers would not be visible.) 

 

    Hope this helps :) 

goodvibrations Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 12:55am
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Edna De La Cruz tutorials are awesome!

Jenna1588 Posted 20 Sep 2013 , 1:16am
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AThanks for all your advice. I really appreciate it but my auntie doesn't like the £40 price tag! Hahaha. Too expensive apparently. But I will keep this info from you all for when I make a 2 tier in future. Thank you :)

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