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post #1 of 17
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Help! I made a cake yesterday for my in laws anniversary today. Party is in a few hours and the top two tiers are leaning! Is there any quick way to fix the? I will cause more damage I think if I try to take the top two layers off to re - dowel.
post #2 of 17

If you think you will do more damage...then I'd leave it alone.    Did you cut "ONE" dowel then cut the others to match IT?   You either have uneven dowels...or the top of your cake(s) are level...or could be a combination of both.   If you aren't experienced at quickly fixing this..I'd leave it.   It will just add more stress if something else happens in the process.

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post #3 of 17

that's what you need to do is re-dowel--no quick fix i know of--

 

good luck! you can do it! take it apart!

 

just be thinking of ways to cover up any booboos you make in the process--

 

add some ribbons, some flowers, some bows, some pearls--

 

sure you had a certain design in mind--forget that and figure out to survive--

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post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 
It was an epic cake fail. I did take the top two tiers apart and re - dowel the second from bottom tier as that seemed to be where the problem was, but then it leaned a different way (backwards instead of to the right, so at least it looked better). I was mortified but very eager to cut the cake to see what went wrong. This was by far the biggest cake I've ever attempted, and turns out the supports I used in the bottom tier curved under the weight of the cake. Lesson learned, go big or stay home when it comes to dowelling!

It was a gorgeous cake prior to the big lean!
post #5 of 17

wow you're hereby awarded a medal for valor and cake bravery in the face of insupportable forces having conspired against you--go forth and conquer *:-)/\:-) high five

 

if you used narrow straws -- next time you can slide wooden shish-ka-bob skewers inside for strength--

 

or if you used bubble tea straws--switch to those 3/4" hollow plastic dowel--you can get garden shears to cut them--

 

if you used sucker sticks--make that your last time ;)

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post #6 of 17
Next time use SPS! You'll be glad you did.
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post #7 of 17

If you used the Wilton dowels, they changed them recently and they're thin and bendy. Don't buy those anymore! https://www.facebook.com/acaketoremember?ref=hl#!/photo.php?v=10151703211293671&set=vb.92855088670&type=3&theater

post #8 of 17
  • lorann oils uses propylene glycol--
  • confectioner's glaze is srsly gross like carmine is gross (the latter used in red food color) both made from bugs of course--

 

gag

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post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post
 
  • lorann oils uses propylene glycol--
  • confectioner's glaze is srsly gross like carmine is gross (the latter used in red food color) both made from bugs of course--

 

gag

wrong post I think..lol. I love Lorann oils

post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by BatterUpCake View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by -K8memphis View Post
 
  • lorann oils uses propylene glycol--
  • confectioner's glaze is srsly gross like carmine is gross (the latter used in red food color) both made from bugs of course--

 

gag

wrong post I think..lol. I love Lorann oils

 

 

yes oops

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post #11 of 17

SPS next time for sure!  My rule of thumb is if it's more than two tiers, I use SPS.  It's fantastic.

 

And don't let this experience turn you off from making multi-tier cakes.  We've all had leaners (eeeek!).

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

I'm going to look into SPS!  As embarrassing as it was, it was a good learning experience.

 

This is the cake just after completion.  When I went to check on it the next day, it was like the Tower of Pisa.

 

  *

post #13 of 17

So sorry this happened to you, I use SPS (thanks Leah) for any cake over 2 tiers. 

 

Happy new year to all!

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by luvmykids2bits View Post
 

I'm going to look into SPS!  As embarrassing as it was, it was a good learning experience.

 

This is the cake just after completion.  When I went to check on it the next day, it was like the Tower of Pisa.

 

  *

O no...did the bride notice? You don't have pictures of it afterwards?

post #15 of 17

wow that is a one beautiful cake--dang that leaning thing--but the decor is sublime--and all the layering on the bottom is so stunnerific-- white gold white white--dang that's just right awesome--

 

so the lacey white piece on the bottom is cloth? either way cloth or fondant  it's genius

 

ton a love in that cake

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