Support For A 4 Tier Cake

Decorating By smplycreative2 Updated 16 Oct 2012 , 10:36pm by BakingIrene

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smplycreative2 Posted 12 Oct 2012 , 2:32am
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I made a pillow cake that had several layers and the cake pieces where heavy I didn't really know how to support these layers one on top of the other. I would like to learn the ins and out of supporting a cake.with all the weight ..Or maybe my cakes are made to heavy, I need some advise on this subject

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cupadeecakes Posted 12 Oct 2012 , 3:51pm
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That's a lot to cover in a single post, but I can point you in the right direction. The cake should never bear any weight of the cake above it. If you add proper supports in your cake, you should be able to set a cinder block on it.

In your bottom tier you will place supports (dowels, straws, columns, etc) underneath where the next tier will sit. You will cut your supports all to the exact same length, which should be just a hair above the highest point on your cake. When the next tier goes on, it will rest on your supports, not the cake.

Go to YouTube and do some searching, I'm sure you will find a tutorial or 2 out there.

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icer101 Posted 12 Oct 2012 , 4:14pm
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Hi, yes, so many tutorials on the internet.. Youtube shows so many.. shows her way, etc. good luck!!! READ about the single plate system on this site. It is from Leah_s (c/cer) It is a sticky under forums and then cake decorating. hth

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BakingIrene Posted 12 Oct 2012 , 8:51pm
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Here, please read this

and ALL the links from this index page. Wilton being the most universal source of pillow pans, you could have gone to their website before you made the cake.

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Dani1081 Posted 12 Oct 2012 , 9:11pm
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Smplycreative2, I looked at your gallery and the pillow cake in there is just gorgeous. Is this the cake you had problems with? It doesn't look at all like there are any structural issues with this cake!

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smplycreative2 Posted 16 Oct 2012 , 9:10pm
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Thanks for the support ladies.Yes this was the cake in my gallery that my client said it clasped but I did put dowels to support all layers.I just wanted to make sure because this cake was heavy that it wouldn't do that,before I left her mother had mention that the cake looked like it was going to fall and I told her that it wouldn't fall if no one touches the cake I assembled the cake at the hall.Come to find out there were three sides to the story.I called the place where they had the event and the lady that worked there said that the cake was moved to a higher cake display plate and that two hours to the event the top piece fell down and they tried to put it back together and couldn't do so.My client said it was just moved from one side to another and that it wasn't moved to any cake plate stand my thing is this am I responsible for the cake falling when I told her mother not to move the cake? my client wanted me to give her back 1/.2 the money. I told her no I put a lot of work and effort to that cake and I charged her a very cheap price.How dose one go about being responsible for what as far as when you make a cake for someone and deliver it. Should I draw up a contract because after I left I don't know what happened there. My picture shows right when I left how the cake was fine.Since am new at this it bothered me so much to feel I may have been responsible that the cake fell.

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BakingIrene Posted 16 Oct 2012 , 10:36pm
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OK here you go into the dark side of baking cakes.

You need to have a contract that you print twice--both parties sign both, you keep one copy, customer gets the other copy. Your contract must state that the cake and the table MUST NOT be moved after you place the cake at the party site.

Very few people know how to move a cake safely...even restaurant staff don't know. I delivered my own wedding cake to a hotel and they broke the base plate when they moved it.

Good thing you have a picture, it is also very important to take that picture of the cake in place.

DO NOT GIVE THIS CUSTOMER ANY MONEY BACK. Even if you have no written contract, you have proof that you delivered a cake in good condition. End of story.

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