Assembling A Heavy Stacked Cake

Decorating By Pyromaniac Updated 4 Sep 2022 , 6:29pm by -K8memphis

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Pyromaniac Posted 22 Aug 2022 , 10:15pm
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Hi all,

Am in the process of finishing off a wedding cake - I don't do this professionally, and it's a bit ambitious but getting there!

It is a 5 tier wedding cake

14" fruit = 9.5 kg

12" fruit = 8.4 kg

10" sponge = 4.5 kg

8" high acrylic tube separator with hanging drop crystals and led lighting = 1kg

8" sponge = 3.3 kg

6" fruit = 22.5 kg

Plus and extra 2kg or so for the decorations (sugar) and a cake topper.



The cakes are all marzipanned and sugarpaste covered.

The bottom 3 are to be stacked - the top 2 are to be stacked and the acrylic separator is between the 2 stacks





I took over a room and have used the white plastic dowels in the picture as my supports - bottom stack has the larger ones and the top 2 the thinner ones.

The separator holds the top 2 tiers just fine - I wont be putting any big dowel through the entire cake stack.

My main questions are  - what to do with the acrylic separator -as it has no board beneath (base is a complete flat disk) - it is dowelled beneath - but should I be sticking it down too with Royal icing?

Also - each cake is on a cake board except the base cake which will be on a polystyrene cake separator 2" high, then on a cake drum.

And the top stack is also going onto a polystyrene cake separator - attached with double sided tape to the top of the acrylic - this is hiding the batteries for the lighting and being used to suspend the drop crystals from.

Will I need to use royal icing to glue the stacked cakes together?

I have an hours drive with the cakes - and planned to assemble the bottom stack of 3 at home - then put the rest together at the venue - including the larger rose decorations. Dog is only 3" high.






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-K8memphis Posted 27 Aug 2022 , 2:19pm
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a smear of buttercream icing is what i would normally use but royal would be fine -- you want to be able to take it apart as it's served too so i would add a dab of soft butter to the royal so it doesn't set up like cement --

best to you

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-K8memphis Posted 27 Aug 2022 , 2:26pm
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wait wait -- ok -- now i get your question -- actually you should have a special acrylic board that has a blip in the middle that holds the acrylic tube -- you need to fashion something that will hold that up!

wow -- i can't even find it anymore online! lemme keep checking...

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-K8memphis Posted 27 Aug 2022 , 2:37pm
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this is all i can find -- Mary Carter Decorating Center :: Cake Decorating Supply Shop :: Wedding Supply Shop :: Wedding Cake Stands :: Crystal Splender - 10" Plate (

see the blip in the middle so an acrylic pillar can be attached? that's what you need to make  so the cake will be able to stand properly --

like carve out a piece of foam --

or get some foam core board and cut out a large circle -- maybe two, glue them together -- then cut out circles the size of the inside of the tube -- glue those circles all together and glue them to the middle of big circle --set your cakes up on that -- 

or ditch the separator --

yes you gotta do something to provide structure for that separator!

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-K8memphis Posted 27 Aug 2022 , 2:42pm
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you've probably maybe already delivered the cake -- and i hope it all went well!

acrylic tube separator cake pillars - Bing images

like this ^^^ to provide stability

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kakeladi Posted 4 Sep 2022 , 12:26pm
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Sooo very sorry you didn’t get any timely  help.  That sure was an ambitious project!  I hope you will let us know how it all turned out. 

BTW:  amazing that you were able to post pix.  For almost 2 years pix have not posted.   

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-K8memphis Posted 4 Sep 2022 , 6:29pm
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i would love to know how it went — and in other news if this thread does allow you to respond— please start a new thread —


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