Stacking A Cake.. Why Am I Not Getting It??

Decorating By marion123 Updated 7 May 2008 , 12:45pm by leah_s

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marion123 Posted 6 May 2008 , 7:38am
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I am completely lost about stacking a cake.. I want to make a round cake on the bottom and put on top a smaller round cake.. I tried it this past weekend and it looked nothing like the photo;s in the gallery..
How do you guys get the cakes to look so tall and so even and perfect? I did a search and I ;m seeing that I have to use boards and dowels for the cake? Is that right? UGG!!
Why can't I just put the smaller round right on top of the larger round cake?

But mine this past weekend was small and wobbly.It was so uneven.HELP!!

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murf Posted 6 May 2008 , 7:49am
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Hi Carissa,
It's a bit daunting when you start isn't it!
The reason for dowells and plates etc is to stop the top cake sinking into the bottom one. There are times when you can get away with just putting it on top but not very often. One example would be if you were doing a fruit cake for the bottom and a sponge for the top then you might get away with it. But usually you need the dowells etc
As far as the levels are concerned, you need to make sure that the bottom cake is absolutely level before you stack otherwise it will be even more obvious with the top cake. So get a spirit level to check it. Then get the top cake level too and Bob's your Uncle!!

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bashini Posted 6 May 2008 , 8:48am
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Hi Carissa, here is the link for how to dowel the cakes from wilton.

And on the bottom of that page, there are more construction ideas. There is one called Stacked Construction, which will give you good idea how to do it.

Good Luck!

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marion123 Posted 6 May 2008 , 2:26pm
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thank you so much..

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JanH Posted 7 May 2008 , 5:28am
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Illustrated common cake support systems:
(With complete and accurate directions.)

More info on SPS system:
(See leahs post.)

Illustrated level dowel cutting by indydebi:


P.S. That Wilton link has tons of helpful info.

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leah_s Posted 7 May 2008 , 12:45pm
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And if you PM me with your email, I can send you instructions with lots of pictures.

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