1st Practice Wedding Tier Cake

This was the first real cake Sue and I tried to practice for wedding cakes. It should be in the disaster file. We must have put the dowels in wrong and the whole thing kept sinking and and finally cracked and the bottom tier just self destructed! Any advice on the dowel placement and height? You can see the crack on the far right and the ruffel came away on the left. YIKES! Glad it was only practice!!!!!! Help!!!!

Comments

boonenati Says... 9 years ago

the cake looks good, i would suggest that maybe your dowels weren't long enough, and the crack happend, when the top cake sunk into the bottom one until it found some support. 8-9 dowels on each tier should be more than enough.

sarahleecookies Says... 9 years ago

Did you use cardboard or any form of support to set each layer onto the douls? I love the bottom tier, did you use presses?

FatAndHappy Says... 9 years ago

We used cardbord under each layer and 8-9 dowels randomly placed under each tier - just like the book said. Also put one large dowel through the whole thing - boards and all.

Phoov Says... 9 years ago

Wilton has excellent instructions in their books. Also, do a search on this site for tiered cake construction ( or something like that)...there's an article which is good. I place my dowels in a circle under the next tier....very close to the size of it's plate or cardboard circle....

FatAndHappy Says... 9 years ago

Yes, diamonds and hearts done with cookie cutter lightly pressed onto buttercream.

Rosalinda Says... 8 years ago

Make sure that you use the number of dowels that match the size of the cake to go on top of it. For instance, if you have a 14" and are putting a 10' on top, you need 10 dowels that are the heighth of your tier and place them in a circle evenly around the cake about 2 inches from the center out.

sarahleecookies Says... 9 years ago

Did you use cardboard or any form of support to set each layer onto the douls? I love the bottom tier, did you use presses?

FatAndHappy Says... 9 years ago

We used cardbord under each layer and 8-9 dowels randomly placed under each tier - just like the book said. Also put one large dowel through the whole thing - boards and all.

Phoov Says... 9 years ago

Wilton has excellent instructions in their books. Also, do a search on this site for tiered cake construction ( or something like that)...there's an article which is good. I place my dowels in a circle under the next tier....very close to the size of it's plate or cardboard circle....

FatAndHappy Says... 9 years ago

Yes, diamonds and hearts done with cookie cutter lightly pressed onto buttercream.

boonenati Says... 9 years ago

the cake looks good, i would suggest that maybe your dowels weren't long enough, and the crack happend, when the top cake sunk into the bottom one until it found some support. 8-9 dowels on each tier should be more than enough.

Rosalinda Says... 8 years ago

Make sure that you use the number of dowels that match the size of the cake to go on top of it. For instance, if you have a 14" and are putting a 10' on top, you need 10 dowels that are the heighth of your tier and place them in a circle evenly around the cake about 2 inches from the center out.

Sugar_Plum_Fairy Says... 7 years ago

Gorgeous! Sorry it's giving you a headache, but it looks stunning!


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