Originally Posted by cakenewbelp
making my first 3 tier WEDDING cake EEKKK and im really not confident with using a centre dowel. The cake will have to travel over 1hr so i was thinking maybe it would be best to assemble it at the venue? Or is this just silly? Its for a friends sis so i really need it to look perfect. Will be a 8'10'12 round. Will use plastic dowels in the 10 and 12 with the carboards underneath.
What would you do?
Assemble and travel?
Or box each cake and assemble there?
I just want to make sure you are using a cardboard under the 8". You are, right??? You probably are, but I just want to make sure.
I think it really depends on your comfort level. I can tell you, if you decide to stack on site, give yourself 2 hours to do it especially since you are inexperienced. If you are traveling an hour, that means the cakes won't be totally cold when you drop them (stack), which means you will dimple/dent/break the surface of your buttercream/fondant and it will require on-site repair in addition to finishing your borders and decorations.
I deliver all my cakes assembled and covered in sugar flowers, but I'm fearless like that. So far, I've yet to have any significant damage or problems from transit that I have not been able to repair easily on site.