This is my first time making a 2 tier birthday cake. It's for my son who is turning 4. When i am stacking the cakes I know that i have to use the dowels for support but my question is do I have to place a cake board (piece of cardboard) under the 2nd tier of the cake for more support. Please Help!!!!!
You can use straws instead of the wooden cake dowels.
After you measure to get the proper length, leave all of the dowels/straws sticking up a little out of the cake. This will give you 'finger room' to set the second layer on w/o marring your cake. The weight of the cake will cause the dowels to sink into the bottom cake. If it doesn't, you can take the tip of your spatula to gently settle the cake on down. I always keep my fingers in place until I see that the cake isn't going to go to one side. This method works like a charm!
I wish you great success!
I bet that little guy is super excited for his up-coming birthday!
Noteasy, this link might answer a lot of questions that you might have.
Starting on the bottom tier: The cake itself is sitting on a cake board. You cut your dowels to the height of your cake (actually a little less) and place them inside the cake. The next tier is on a cake board. You place this tier on top of the one below. The dowels in the cake below are actually what keeps the upper tier from sinking into the cake. There is a board between the two tiers ~ it can stand straight b/c the dowels are there to hold it up. If you have a tier cake, each tier will need dowels to support the tier that is sitting on top of it.
In my earlier post I said that the cake board is what the dowels rest on. It's actually the cake board resting on the dowels in the cake below. Actually there's a board on each side of the dowels. I'm shutting up before I confuse myself. Ha! I'm kind of goofy in explaining things sometimes. Sorry!
I'm Sweetcupcakes I have some questions about this since I'm the one in the same spot that Myka T was in back on February 2011. So I understand that there should be a cake board between each tier. I followed up on the two links you mentioned. My questions are: What kind of cake board should I use? Corrugated or styrofoam? Does it matter? Does each board per tier need to be wrapped in foil? My understanding is that corrugated boards are "waxed" so that the "oils" won't seep through. What keeps the underside of the corrugated board from getting "oiled" from the cake below it? I read on the link that I could use confectioner's sugar to keep the board from sticking to the board. Does this work? Is it really safe to use wooden dowels? You mentioned straws could be used. Would the "fat boba straws" or the "bubble tea straws" work? They are 10mm (1/2") wide and 7.5" long. If I'm delivering Sunday mid-day. When can I stack the 2 tiered cake? My goal is to have everything done the night before, if possible, so that I can have some stress and relief before I deliver the cake. Can I travel with the stacked cake or should I wait to get to my destination and stack it there? If I wait to stack there I guess I'd have to decorate each tier separately then stack there, right? Sugar Pie, I'm so nervous about this! I've never done anything like this before and I don't want to disappoint my girlfriend especially since it is her daughter's first birthday. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Sweetcupcakes again! I meant to say earlier that I'd like to some less stress and some relief when I deliver the cakes. I guess you could have figured that out on your own by reading between the lines! Ha! Ha! I'm really nervous about this. Can you tell??????
Howdy, Sweetcupcakes! I'll take a stab at answering your questions on behalf of Sugar Pie. (She was my mentor on a big cake project about a year ago!)
Question: What kind of cake board should I use? Corrugated or styrofoam? Does it matter? Does each board per tier need to be wrapped in foil? My understanding is that corrugated boards are "waxed" so that the "oils" won't seep through. What keeps the underside of the corrugated board from getting "oiled" from the cake below it?
Answer: Since the cake circle is not going to be seen and is only for support, all you have to do is have clean cardboard, unwaxed, unwrapped. Here is the Wilton product that I use: Cake Circles Waxed or foil covered boards are used when they will be seen by the customer. Example:
Show 'N Serve™ Cake Boards
The CAKE DRUM, however, that will be underneath the entire 2-tier cake, needs to be sturdy enough so that it can support the weight and will not bend. I do not recommend the Wilton Cake Base for anything other than a single tier cake! It WILL bend under the weight and may cause cracks in your icing borders. Wilton Silver Cake Base.
Most people use 1/2 inch foamcore, available at craft stores. 1/2" foamcore. 1/2" foamcore will support a great deal of weight. Cut to size with carpet cutter, then wrap in food-safe foil. Wilton FanciFoil
Here's a Wilton video: Covering a Cake Drum with Fanci-Foil
Question: I read on the link that I could use confectioner's sugar to keep the board from sticking to the top of the cake on the bottom tier.
Answer: It will help.
Question & Answers: Is it really safe to use wooden dowels? YES. You mentioned straws could be used. Would the "fat boba straws" or the "bubble tea straws" work? They are 10mm (1/2") wide and 7.5" long. YES.
Question: If I'm delivering Sunday mid-day. When can I stack the 2 tiered cake? My goal is to have everything done the night before.
Answer: Yes. You can completely finish and stack the cake the evening before. Unless you have used ingredients that demand refrigeration, it is ok to leave on a counter overnight. Just loosely cover with some plastic wrap to prevent dust.
You can deliver a two-tier cake just fine. No need to assemble on site. Just drive carefully and safely and make sure the cake is on the floor on a LEVEL surface. (I recommend purchasing a roll of rubberized shelf liner at the Dollar Store and putting that on the floor first. It will keep the cake from sliding.)
If you are going to use the corrugated cake boards between tiers use the ones that are waxed so that the board does not absorb any grease that would compromise its strength. I no longer use the boards between tiers unless I double or triple them. I prefer to use foam core board. For most cakes I use 1/4" foam core for this but if I want to add to the height of my tier I use 1/2" foam core. The reason for this is that lifting a bigger tier to sit on the cake can cause the corrugated board to bend. No worries with the foam core.
Powdered sugar will help prevent sticking tiers, but if you cut the straws (MUCH easier to use than wooden dowels!) slightly higher (1/16" - 1/8") than the icing on the cake, it won't stick anyway.
I have delivered many, many two tiered cakes already assembled. No problems! Until there was. Lesson learned, I now use the pipe/flange method or stack at the venue. I tell myself that it would be ok just as it was countless other times but then I remember how awful I felt when the top cake on my grandson's Christening cake fell over during the 10 minute drive to his house. So anchor the top tier. I make mistakes so you don't have to.
Whoknew? and the others have also posted other good advice here.
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