Have a customer who has made a cupcake tower from candlesticks and mirrors. She is looking to have a 8 inch decorated cake on top tier and cupcakes on the bottom two tiers. I had questioned safety. I know that glass and food is a hazard but can make a beautiful display if done right. We are going to check for weight and so making sure it is plenty strong. My question is how heavy would a 8 inch box cake mix cake frosted with buttercream weigh? anyone have any idea?
Anyone done this before?
I haven't done that before but an 8" cake frosted with buttercream weighs between 1 and 1.4 kg. I have to say that this is with my from scratch recipes. Box mixes are less dense, so it may weigh less. But just to be on the safe side I would go with 1.5kg (3lbs).
Can't really envision the cake, but candles and glass/ mirror doesn't sound to safe for me. Have you done that before? Can you post a picture?
From my previous job I learned better safe than sorry!
i love to make cake stands -- love it -- i was flying high one day at the craft store creatively speaking with would you believe it candlesticks and mirrors -- it was close to the holidays and the choices seemed limitless so much fun -- i was making a family tier cake and it would be holding much more than an 8" cake and after i got it all designed i determined it would not be secure enough -- sigh --
food safety was not as much an issue unless there had been glitter or paint that will fleck off -- but use your best judgement and if you have a doubt don't hesitate to diplomatically ditch it -- hopefully you get to see it way before 'c- day'
i've never weighed my cakes but i would think they might weigh about 4-5# give or take -- but you don't want to cut it close either -- you want secure