Hi all! Hopefully I can make sense here. Yesterday I tried to structurally support a cake that was the shape of a soda cup that you would get from a fast food restaurant. Due to it's small base it was wobbly, so I stuck a dowel through it. However, I wanted this cake to sit on top of a cake board. How would you support a cake like this to the cake board? Should I have an an internal support attached to the cake board and then stack the cake on top of the support? Hope this makes sense!
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yes--make sure the dowel and cake board are 'one' -- for example sink the dowel into a nice piece of foam under the cake board and hot glue it all up -- then thread the cake onto the dowel---sometimes i leave a skewer sticking up out of the top so i have a handle to keep things level and safe during delivery then snip it off and close up the hole--
The stress I went through delivering this cake on Sunday is unbelievable!
We drilled a hole through 1 cake board, then glued a wooden dowel into place. We then glued another board underneath. There were five x 5" cakes (the shoulders of the bottle were rkt and the neck was the only non-edible part - that was cardboard tubing) that were each on their own cake board (with a hold drilled through the middle so they could go over the dowel!) Two plastic dowels were placed in each cake to support the cake above it!
In hindsight, we should have screwed up through the bottom board into the dowel, too, because it was sooo wobbly. I think the weight of the cakes and movement whilst decorating it probably dislodged the dowel?
I had to travel in the back with the cake with my hands very lightly supporting the cake.
Thank you K8memphis. This was sooooo far out of my comfort zone, I thought I'd need a passport, LOL!! It was a labour of love - for my husband's cousin. If I got asked to do one again, I'd only do it 4 cakes high... five was a cake too far! And I would probably charge a few hundred pounds!!!!
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