What a neat topic! I think all three must be great to make a great cake. It is terrible to bite into a beautifully decorated cake that is dry...what a disappointment! And who wants to eat a cake that looks terrible?
My son has a mild peanut allergy and has never had a problem with DH mix cakes or the wilton bc frosting. Just make sure you use butter or an oil with no peanuts or other nut oils listed as an ingredient.
Thanks for your help. It was a tiered cake (Mary's birthday cake in my photos) and the dowels were visible in the top layer only. On the bottom layer, I placed the dowels after the fondant, but obviously couldn't on top. I'll try using a denser cake next time.
I cut the dowels for my most recent cake a good 1/4 inch below the surface. But when I laid the fondant over the cake (rolled to about 1/8" thickness) the dowels started to poke through. Is the fondant so heavy that I need to cut the dowels shorter? What might I be doing wrong?
Wow, cakediva...the supermarket and bakery in my town both looked at me like I just grew a 3rd head when I asked to buy a cake box and then very rudely refused! rolling eyes and everything! I've been buying boxes at Hobby Lobby lately.