When making a 3 tier cake or even a simple 3 layer cake, how do you keep your cake from leaning slightly and keep the layers straight? Sometimes my layers want to slide some. I use dowels too. Also, what kind of cake recipe do you usually use that is easy to work with? I use a box cake and add pudding mix to it. Thanks!
First of all, be sure your layers are flat, so the next layer will be less likely to slide. Your frosting/filling could possibly be a little too soft, causing the layers to slip a bit. Most cakes do not require doweling for a one tier cake.
Stacked, tiered cakes must be dowelled to support the upper tiers with a cake board between each tier. Only the top tier does not need to be dowelled.
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