It's going to be shaped like an owl, but it's going to have around 4 or 5 - 2" layers on the inside. I remember reading in a book somewhere that any tier that is going to be more than 4" should be doweled on the inside. So, in essence, the cake will go something like this:
2" cake layer, frosting, 2" cake layer, frosting, DOWELS AND CAKE BOARD, 2" cake layer, frosting, 2" cake layer, frosting. Then fondant the whole thing and decorate. Is that right? Or can I stack 4 - 2" layers of cake with frosting in between each layer and fondant the whole thing without worrying about cake boards and dowelling?
When you stack two cakes it is always best to to put supports in the lower cake. So your description -- 2" cake layer, frosting, 2" cake layer, frosting, DOWELS AND CAKE BOARD, 2" cake layer, frosting, 2" cake layer, frosting -- fits. I would probably use sturdy plastic drinking straws as dowels.
It is a good idea to mark the outside of the cake in some way so you can easily tell where the split between the top and bottom cakes is, for serving puposes. Maybe your owl could have an inconspicuous indent pointing to where the interior cakeboard is.
By the way, it is a good idea to cover interior cakeboards on both sides so that they don't absorb grease or moisture and become soggy.
You MUST post a picture of this cake, however you decide to do it!
I have a question about what you posted though - what do I cover the interior cakeboards with? Waxed paper?
Here's a pic of the original cake (got the idea from a cake book of course, but it fit perfectly because the school mascot is an owl). Wow, messy plate, lol! That's because the one picture was taken with my sister's cell phone - the other one was the "aftermath". We sliced off his backside, so it didn't look so much like a massacre, lol! I will post pictures of the next one as well.
I use freezer paper, shiny-side out, to wrap my interior boards. I keep meaning to try hpjmom's method, which is Press-N-Seal plastic wrap, but so far I haven't remembered that little detail when it counts. I think waxed paper wouldn't be sturdy enough.
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