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.
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
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...
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!
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.
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 —