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post #31 of 132
Zespri - KarmaCakes10 makes a good point too. I have a bunch of bubble tea straws on hand for tiered buttercream cakes and for under heavier cake toppers. I couldn't find them in Aus, but got them hella cheap from a Malaysian distributor via eBay.

I have a heeyooooge 8-tier monstrosity coming up in April next year and am thinking of importing the SPS system just for that cake icon_wink.gif

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post #32 of 132
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Evoir, I have searched for them here too, no luck. If you can't find them in Aussie, I'd have no like in NZ! Would you mind sending me the details, I'd really appreciate it...

Bloomin' heck.... eight tiers icon_surprised.gif
post #33 of 132
I know!! The bride wants the exact replica of the cake lleyton Hewitt and Bec Cartwright had 5 years ago. Look it up sometime - its unbelievable, LOL...

I will see if I can find the details of the straws on my eBay acct - I bought them ages ago icon_smile.gif

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post #34 of 132
Debi - the general guideline we are taught in Australian courses is one dowel for every 2 inches above. ie if you have a 9 inch tier above a 12 inch tier, you use 4 -5 dowels. This is what I told zespri too, before she made the cake icon_smile.gif I am glad your experience confirms this too...I have never had a cake shift like that.

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post #35 of 132
This one Evoir? http://www.lleytonhewitt.biz/images/wedding/Picture8.jpg ? This is the only picture I could find...
post #36 of 132
I wouldn have dowelled the cake the same way that you did, and I don't use a center dowel at all. I don't know if this was mentioned anywhere before, but it's more secure to deliver a cake when it's cold, refrigerate it beforehand even if it has fondant on it. I deliver stacked three-tiered cakes all the time, but only if they've been refrigerated. If I don't have the fridge space I stack two tiers and assemble the third on site. For four-tiered cakes I stack two and assemble the last two on site.

If the cake is cold it's more solid and won't be as likely to shift and move in transit.
post #37 of 132
I like bubble tea straws. I use 1 per two inches on top, plus one. (So, to support a 10 inch cake, I use 5.

So easy to cut!

And I do like to refrigerate before transporting.

I love a center dowel, even with just two layers. Call it my "piece (of wood) of mind".
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post #38 of 132
LisaPeps - that's the one!

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post #39 of 132
The center dowel would have kept it together...I usually set them together with royal icing too. Setting up on sight always is the safest bet icon_smile.gif
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post #40 of 132
I had to learn the hard way, always dowel the center of the cake. I also would have put more dowels in the bottom tier. The cake looked beautiful! What flavor was it? It looked yummy. icon_biggrin.gif
post #41 of 132
SPS - not overrated at all. I don't have to worry about cake sliding, I don't worry about cake collapsing, I don't have to stack onsite and I don't worry about customers coming in to pick up their own tiered cakes, usually party cakes. I give them driving advice but I hope things make it okay, but I know that a dowel isn't going to shift or a cake slide off.

I HATED making tiered cakes before SPS and now, we often deliver 5 tiered cakes already stacked. I like to decorate after cakes are stacked most of the time and with SPS, it's not a problem for me to stack, decorate and then deliver.

You can never go wrong with SPS. As far as costing more, I charge my customers for it and no one has ever complained.
post #42 of 132
tracy - I wish there was a cheap way to get it here in Australia...I think I'd be a convert icon_smile.gif

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post #43 of 132
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Originally Posted by zespri

Evoir, I have searched for them here too, no luck. If you can't find them in Aussie, I'd have no like in NZ! Would you mind sending me the details, I'd really appreciate it...


I had a tough time finding bubble tea straws as well but recently my sis found some for me from someone in Oztion. I think there are about 50 in the pack. I'm just a hobby baker so that's heaps for me. Just went into Oztion and there are still some listed (http://www.oztion.com.au/buy/auction.aspx?itemid=11217644)

Good luck.
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post #45 of 132
Are you sure this was a cakin issue or a driving issue? I looks to me that possibly someone might have turned a corner to fast. Either way...sorry this happened and the cake was lovely.
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