Wooden Dowel Rods Vs Plastic

Decorating By SweetOutlaws Updated 23 Jul 2014 , 7:41am by SweetOutlaws

SweetOutlaws Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 6:27am
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When building a tiered cake for example a 3 tiered cake, which rods are better? Wooden or plastic?


I have a Halloween project coming up in October, and was wondering which is the better dowel rod to use?


What are your pros and cons to both dowel rods?

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Snowflakebunny23 Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 8:46am
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I'd go with plastic.  Personally I find them much easier to cut/work with and you don't have to worry about tinsey bits of wood getting anywhere.  If you haven't already, have a look at the dowels which are like plastic tubes as opposed to just plastic 'sticks'.  I love them!

-K8memphis Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 10:18am
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AWooden dowel can also impart a musty taste to the cake directly adjoining it -- but they held up our cakes for generations -- i use the wide plastic tubes mostly -- for narrow projects I use wooden skewers slid into the narrow straws -- I also use bubble tea straws for something light like a top tier

leah_s Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 1:08pm
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Have you looked into SPS?  See my signature line.

cupadeecakes Posted 22 Jul 2014 , 2:31pm
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Depending on the cake I either use regular drinking straws or bubble tea straws for support in each tier, and then use a wooden dowel for the master dowel that runs vertically through all the tiers.

SweetOutlaws Posted 23 Jul 2014 , 7:41am
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Thank you all for advice on dowel rods, I will be looking into the plastic ones. It's great to have wonderful people, who know what they are talking about. 

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