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How do I center stacked cakes perfectly?

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I would like to know how i make sure my cakes are perfectly centered when stacking.  Mine always seem to be a little off. 

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I'd be interested to see if anyone does anything special in this regard. I usually just eyeball it.

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If you were going to dowel you could make holes in the exact centers of your boards before stacking, and have the dowel in the base layer already. 

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SPS!

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Originally Posted by kikiandkyle View Post

If you were going to dowel you could make holes in the exact centers of your boards before stacking, and have the dowel in the base layer already. 

I do this for cakes that I can't risk moving an off-center tier or are so tall that I can't eyeball the center.

 

If you do this with fondant covered cakes, drill a little hole in the top of your cake so the dowel doesn't have to push through and possibly damage your fondant.

 

I cut my center dowel so it's just an inch or so below the top of the top tier and doesn't poke through.

post #6 of 13

Make sure your cakes are level before you stack them. I am sure you will do just fine!!!

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I freeze my cakes so hard before I stack them so it won't matter I need to slide it over a bit icon_wink.gif
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post #8 of 13

I take a board of the size I am stacking...sprinkle that area with powdered sugar so the board doesn't stick and trace it onto my cake.   Then I dowel.  Centered every time.  

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I freeze my cakes so hard before I stack them so it won't matter I need to slide it over a bit icon_wink.gif

I could toss mine in the air they are so solid!icon_biggrin.gif
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I could toss mine in the air they are so solid!icon_biggrin.gif
Yep! Hey, big is your freezer? Can you freeze a 4 tier? I have started freezing mine before I deliver, too, and can only stack a 3 tier, so I freeze the top tier separately and stack before I walk out the door, but I would rather not.
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I don't freeze them, I put individual tiers in for about 10 minutes prior to covering in fondant.
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In the freezer, but no I don't literally freeze the cakes.
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Thank you all for the help you have given me confidence.

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