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size of cake plates??? help

post #1 of 20
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ok, here's a sample pic i just drew up of the cake we plan on making for the wedding... i just got all my cake pans in the mail and we're going to do a test one so i heard something like the plate that the cake sits on has to be 4" bigger... but then won't the plate show??? if anyone can help me out here... i labeled where i thought each plate has to go... the "sticks" i tried to draw are the pillars... i'm not exactly sure how big those should be either... these are 2" pans that i'm using and making double layers... thanks everyone for your help
LL
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july 23, 2005
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post #2 of 20
You need to have cake plates at least 2" larger than the cakes that you are making. So if your bottom tier is 12" your cake plate should be 14".
post #3 of 20
I have a 10" stacking plate that I use for a base for my 8" practice cakes, and honestly, it's way too big for a separator size, with a big margin even after a good coat of BC and a border.

My personal preference is a plate that's 1" wider in measurement than the cake for anything under a 9" pan size. That way, after a decent coat w/ the 789 icer and a proportional border, it looks good with just a big of the edge peeping out. 10" and up, I would use a 2" plate since they need a bigger border to look proportional (imho).

Just my $0.02!
Illy
post #4 of 20
the bottom layer should be two inches bigger. the other layers depen on if you want to see the plate or not. If you dont want to see them them a-10, b and c are 8 and d=6. If you want to see them then a=12, b and c=10 and d=6.
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post #5 of 20
I agree with Cake Confections, the exception being if that bottom cake has a really large border than you want to go to 4 inches bigger than the cake. With a stacked cake you are trying to get the board as close to the size of the cake that is sitting on it, as possible and you cover up whatever shows with your border.
The other information is what you use when the cake isn't stacked. generally 2-4 inches bigger than your cakes. Keep in mind that 2 inches bigger in diameter than your cake, means that you have about 1 inch all around the cake for your border to sit on, so with a really large border, you want to go with the larger, 4 inches bigger size.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #6 of 20
Can I ask something without offending anyone? Please, please if I am mistaken I will apologize! I am stepping out here on a limb I know SquirrellyCakes, and this is almost what you have advised also, but on plate A & D shouldn't they be cake boards wrapped to keep out the moisture and be the same size as the cake that is resting on them? And like you say, depending on what type of border there will be you don't want it to show. And, B & C be the 2 inch (or 1 inch if they exist) larger separator plates, one for the pillars to set on (which would be B) and one plate to set on the pillars (plate C)? Unless you have the push in pillars, you wouldn't need the separator plate B.
Maybe I've just got the whole thing going wrong in my head tonight because I've been making plans with my sister-in-law today for a cake similar to this one and I want to get it right!
Thanks for helping me out also here, and like I said, if I'm mistaken I will apologize.
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post #7 of 20
jscakes- I believe you are on the right track.
post #8 of 20
...WHEW...Thank you Dawn, and if I have to I'll jump off this track if it aint right!
Now I can go back to the paper and pencil plan I've been working on, my niece's wedding cake May 1st.
post #9 of 20
Well get the old brawd new glasses.
Sorry, I looked at the diagram and thought that there was an eight inch cake on top of an eight inch cake with dowels in it and that the "B" was an eight. So I thought that the whole cake was all stacked, not pillars, haha! My apologies.
Be right back.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #10 of 20
Ok, sorry about that, I just saw it as a cake that was all stacked.
D is a 6 inch and should be on approximately doubled 6 inch boards.
C is an 8 inch and this one may indeed cause problems. You would have to try it on an 8 inch separator plate and fit this likely with an additional 8 inch separator plate on top of the 10 inch cake.
then the 10 inch on double ten inchers.
the 12 on a 14 or 16 inch heavy duty cake stand base or 1/2 inch plywood with a double cake board that the cake rests on.
Yes, I always completely cover the cake boards, or take two silver foil covered boards and gluegun or tape them together, good sides facing out.
Thanks for clearing that up, I saw the sticks as dowels not pillars and didn't pay attention to the lettering.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #11 of 20
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post #12 of 20
Good point to mention SquirrellyCakes...the dowels needed in the cakes.....
post #13 of 20
Heehee, well I love it too! How funny was that, I was wondering why she made the two eight inch cakes a different size, duh, that should have been my first clue, haha! Then I thought it was an odd design, putting an eight inch on top of another eight inch, but then, what do I know, haha!
Regarding covering the boards, well I didn't dare mention that because of the last discussion on to cover or not. I always assume people will cover them.
Hugs Squirrrelly
post #14 of 20
Yes, this sucker is going to need dowels in every layer but the top one and if there is a heavy topper than it needs dowelling too.
Regarding the pillar size, not sure if you mean height or dimension of them, but if you are putting them on an eight inche separator plate, some of them may be too big around, so try them out first. Also, the height of them is a big factor in terms of keeping the proportions right. Sometimes people go with the super high ones and it makes the cake appear out of proportion. Bigger isn't always better.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 
thanks everyone, this definetely helps me out! about covering the bottom board... what do you cover it with?
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july 23, 2005
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