Each tier was made of 2 3" depth pound cakes covered in marzipan and fondant and separated on thin board and dowelled with 5 plastic dowels.
Transported individually to the wedding venue without problems. And was told by all reception staff that it was the best cake they'd ever seen!
After stacking the cakes, noticed that the middle tier was beginning to shift off the board. Tried to do damage control by inserting additional dowels to the side of the cake.
Unfortunately, reception venue was marquee with wooden floor boards and so each movement rocked the cake, reception did not begin until 4 hours afterwards...2 hours late! The final straw was in the dance before the cutting of the cake - resulted in HUGE cracks across middle tier.
Feel so so terrible that Bride will not have good cutting of the cake memories and cake was so attractive that half of guests rushed forward to take pics and so got good view of cracks! Bride very gracious about the events, still said the cake was beautiful and tasted fab.
But I am soo soo crushed and have had sleepless nights an several weepy moments since then! What did I do wrong?