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Help with a vertical cake!
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I googled the cake, the hearts are very large, are you wanting the letters to be that large also? You would need to plan for supporting the letters on top of the top tier like you would for an additional tier of cake. Balance would be the only difference, you would need to make sure the letters were weight centered so they wouldn't be pulling the dowel to one side. You may consider using non-edible material for the letters -- perhaps cutting them out of cardboard or styrofoam to make the 3d shape of the letters and covering them with fondant or gumpaste. I know we all like for everything to be edible, but really, you wouldn't eat them if they were gumpaste anyway!! A lighter material would definitely solve the centering issue, you could line them up however you want and they would be so much lighter. I don't know your skill level, so it's a little difficult to know what you can and cannot create skill wise! I've not used the cake stacker system, however, I think it would be fine. For your support under the letters, you might consider using a plastic separator plate so you can drill through the center a little bigger than the thickness of the dowel and run the dowel all the way down the top tier of cake to support the letters and help keep the dowel straight. The other thing you can do is to find the creator of the "piles of hearts" cake and ask them what material they used to make the hearts and how they stacked/supported it.
Sorry I don't have more advice for you -- good luck! :)
Edited by sixinarow - 9/29/13 at 8:28pm
can you stick a dowel thriugh foam core easily? So you think I need support plates under the letters? Wouldn't they show? Again, thanks soooo
Much for your help!!!