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post #16 of 19
I cut a hole about the size of a quarter (maybe just a bit smaller) right in the center of the board. That gives me plenty of room to make sure I hit the target! Now the very first time I did this I put the dowel thru the top tier and hit cardboard , my heart sank, I felt a little sick and then just moved the dowel just a hair over (without taking it back out) and it went right thru the other tiers with no problem. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #17 of 19
Squriiley posted here a while ago that she center dowels from the bottom up. She puts holes in the bottoms of the cake boards and then threads the cakes onto the dowel which is already stuck in the bottom layer.

Well--I tried this technique once and I'm hooked! That's how I've been doing it since and it makes it SO much easer. I just cut the center dowel shorter than the height of the cake.

Also, a tip on cutting wooden dowels is to use dog nail trimmers. The one's with the circle that you stick the nail (or in this case the dowel) in and then squeeze and the cutter goes across it. I tried this and it worked SO well. No sharp, splitting, crooked edges and it cuts perfectly where you want it to. Of course, Ihave a special pair just for this purpose. They stay in my cake box and are/have never been used on any animal.

Lisa
post #18 of 19
Does it make it easier to get them centered on the bottom tier? It seems like it would. I have the hardest time not messing up the icing on the tiers below when I seat the next tier!!
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post #19 of 19
Heehee, just a few comments.
That cake recipe is fine. However, I disagree that it doesn't matter what the cake texture is, the dowels do the supporting. That is not totally correct. The cake needs to have a texture that is either spongey or dense to support the dowelling in order to be able to support the other tiers.
In a sponge cake or angel food type of cake, the cakes themselves are not heavy, so what they are supporting isn't as heavy.
However if you use a cake mix as per instructions and have several layers stacked, you are taking a chance on the support. This is most especially true with topsy turvy cakes and such.
So if you put a whole pile more dowels that you would normally, yes they will help support. But if you go with the normal amount of dowels and have large cakes and the cakes are covered with fondant or are of a lot of weight and the cakes are not dense enough to support the weight, well the dowelling only helps to a certain degree. What can happen is you can have an earthquake effect where the cake actually cracks around the dowels because it is not dense enough to support the dowels or the other cakes.
I think that generally if you look at any books on stacking cakes, they nearly always recommend that you use dense or pound type cakes. THis becomes more of an issue, the larger and heavier and more tiers the cakes has.
I know of several folks with a lot of experience, myself included, that have experimented with this and have had disasters when using cake mixes as per the box instructions even though the cakes were well boarded and dowelled and levelled and the base was supportive. Interestingly, the middle tier was where the issues with cracking occured, not the bottom tier and not the higher tiers. What happened was that the cake itself cracked where the dowels were.
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