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post #1 of 30
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Can I make a wedding cake without dowel rods? I want to make a 4 tier cake (plain vanilla sponge) - stacked directly on top of each other, but I don't want to use dowel rods. Can I just use cake boards directly underneath each tier? What would happen to the cake if I only used the cake boards and no rods?

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post #2 of 30

No, no, no, no....never ever.   Each tier will crush the one below it.   You must use dowel rods or some type of support system.. Always.  

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post #3 of 30

Why don't you want to?

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post #4 of 30

Why don't you want to use dowel rods?
 

post #5 of 30

You need a support system! don't try it you'll have a diaster!  Why don't you want to use them? icon_confused.gif

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post #6 of 30

You dont' have to specifically use dowels, but yes, you do have to use some sort ofd support system.  Otherwise you'll have a big pile of squashed cake.

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post #7 of 30
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Well, I've never made a wedding cake before - so to me it seems odd to stick in inedible things into a cake. I know that's normal - it just doesn't make sense to me. How can you cut it and separate it if there are rods throughout?
post #8 of 30

Have you ever made a cake at all? I would think at some point you would have noticed how heavy cakes are? Surely you don't think they can just daintily rest upon each other do you? Not being a smart ass, but this is quite perplexing.

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post #9 of 30
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Well yes, I have made cakes before. I've just never made a wedding cake. I've made tall cakes with 4 layers and I've never had a problem; so I can't understand why a tiered cake would be different. I'm just looking for some insight, not to be spoken down to.
post #10 of 30

No one's talking down to you. So you mean you have made a four tier cake before with no supports? Like this? http://images.pinkcakebox.com/cake400.jpg

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post #11 of 30
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 I've made tall cakes with 4 layers and I've never had a problem; so I can't understand why a tiered cake would be different.

Ok, so a single cake with four layers on it's own is ok. But putting three more tiers, or 12 (TWELVE) more layers on top, with all the icing and decorations and what not, yes, you need to use supports, or you'll be owing a full refund to the bride and explaining why her cake fell apart. Good luck. 

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post #12 of 30
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What I mean is, I have made a cake that has four layers where each layer is the same size and just stuck with buttercream (probably not as tall as that). I've never made anything as tall as that so it may well be that I need a support system but this is what I need help with. I don't know what support systems I can use, and I don't understand how the cake can be cut and assembled (on the day, for example) if I also need to insert rods. I've been making cakes for years, but have never made a wedding cake or anything that required a support system.
post #13 of 30

Definitely need a support system if the cakes are to be stacked on top of one another.  If the dowels used are food safe, I wouldn't worry about it. I am not sure if Wilton still makes them but they had the Floating Tiers cake stand that you wouldn't need to dowel but it is a different look.  

post #14 of 30
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Thanks didi5. So if I want to make a 4 tiered cake where each tier is placed directly on top of the other, what support system options do I have? Or are dowel rods the only option I have? So dowel rods go through each tier separately, or do they go through the entire cake from top to bottom?
post #15 of 30

Try SPS- you can buy the whole system online at Oasis

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