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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.