First Tier Cake! Help!

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rcsnickers2 Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:37pm
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I am making my first tier cake. It is a 10 and 8" round cake. I am covering both with fondant. Now my questions.

1. Do I need a dowel or something through both to stabilize them?

2.. Do I need a cardboard or something under the top cake? or will it attach and hold to the bottom cake?

3. Should I wait and attach the top cake when at the place where the cake is being eaten or transport it all together!

I am putting a fondant ribbon and bow around the bottom of the cakes.

thanks. any help and advice would be greatly appreciated!


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palmersmith Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:50pm
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When I make tier cakes, I put the top on a cardboard, and trim the cardboard so it is the same size as the tier. Put about 5 dowels (bamboo skewers work well too) into the bottom trimmed so it will be level with the bottom tier. Then just put a blob of buttercream and stick the top tier on, and pipe a border to hide the cardboard. I travel with my cakes constucted like this and have never had any problems. I hope this helps! Good luck.

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woodruffbn Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:51pm
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I just finished an 8 and 6. Yes you need a cake board under the top tier. And yes you need some kind of support. (i know because i asked these questions too) You can use dowels or bubble straws (which are like regular straws, but bigger... like sonic straws). also, I assembled my cakes before I traveled. But I ALSO had me neice to hold it on the way over. But my cake seemed pretty stable and I'm sure it would have made it wothout her. HTH

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tonicake Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 9:51pm
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Hi, don't stress. It's not a difficult thing to do.

1. Yes, you need to dowel the cake . Be sure to use supports in the bottom layer or the top will sink into it. (I use bubble tea straws & some use wooden dowels.)

2. Definitely use a board or foam core under the top tier. (I use foam core, so I can hammer the dowel into a thicker space.)

3. I always stack the cake at home and transport it finished-to me it's easier. I just delivered a 5 tier wedding cake assembled-no problems. I like to dowel in 2 places (mostly for 3 or more tiers) to ensure it's stability.

Good luck, you will do great!

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kokopuff Posted 26 Jun 2009 , 10:28pm
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gritswife,would you mind sharing with us how many dowels you use and what size foam core-board use are using.thanks

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Rylan Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 6:55am
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1. I would suggest you use a dowel that will go through the center to avoid it tipping over.

2. I would suggest you use a cardboard. It will also help once you desconstruct the cake.

3. I would assemble it right away. If it's two tiers, I wouldn't worry.

Good luck.

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anricat Posted 28 Jun 2009 , 9:40pm
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If you use a dowel that goes all the way through both layers in the center, how do you get that through the cake board underneath your top layer?

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