Originally Posted by charlieinMO
I read a post the other day from Squirrelly Cakes. Someone was asking about how to do a stacked cake. She had mentioned that whipped cream wouldn't work. Others may have done so but I'm not sure. I don't know how you would keep it from pulling off because it doensn't crust and it stays moist. Good luck and let us know if you find a way to make it work.
Heehee, well kiddo, anything can be made to work, I just wouldn't use an all whipped cream icing for a stacked cake.
Actually, if you put a heavy layer of coconut or cake or cookie crumbs or shaved chocolate, you will have some luck. The thing is, even a stabilized whipped cream icing doesn't really set. The longer it sits at room temperature, the mushier it gets and the cake will start to sink into the cream as the cookie crumbs or whatever you used as a barrier will eventually settle into the whipped cream.
Actually I got into a bit of a discussion (read argument) about this on anther site. Basicaly it was because someone said you could stack cakes directly when using whipped cream and I said you couldn't. Because directly to me doesn't mean placing a half inch of cookie crumbs or coconut in between tiers. For one thing, whatever you use as a barrier will effect the taste of the whipped cream. It isn't like just putting a sprinkling on top of a crusted icing.
So I wouldn't use this for a stacked cake or for a wedding cake. The only time I would use whiped cream for a cake is when the cakes are all individually supported like with the Wilton Garden stand or on individual pedestal stands.
I am not sure what kinds of dowels this poster is referring to, the larger plastic ones or wooden ones. You use a lot fewer plastic ones than wooden, but then they take up a lot more space, so that is a consideration.
You need to make sure that the underneath part of the boards that sit on the whipped cream iced cakes below, are covered with some form of grease-proof covering or you are asking for trouble.
The Whimsical Bakehouse Buttercream is not as sweet as most buttercream icings, so this would be a good substitute.
I wil post another recipe for a less sweet icing, if I can locate it.
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