Tiered Cake - Dowels Or Not?

Decorating By clumsygirl Updated 13 Jul 2012 , 8:27pm by kakeladi

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clumsygirl Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 5:16pm
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I am going to be doing my first tiered cake next week - 10 in on bottom and 6 in on top. I will have the 6 in on a cardboard cake board - do I also need dowels to support it?


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CWR41 Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 6:29pm
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Absolutely. You need a support system for every 4" of cake height. Dowel the base tier to support the top tier.

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leah_s Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 6:44pm
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ditto. ALL tiered cakes need support.

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lorieleann Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 8:10pm
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Yes, you do need support for the top tier. Have people stacked at six inch on a ten and not have had a collapse? yes, it has happened. But for the simple effort of cutting some small dowels or even large straws the same length and pushing them into a cake...you will dramatically increase your chances of ending up with an upright and lovely decorated cake.

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kakeladi Posted 13 Jul 2012 , 8:27pm
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All one needs to support a 6"x4" round are 3 plastic drink straws (placed in a triangle fashion).

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