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Someone please bust open the secret on how to stack this cak

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http://www.cakecentral.com/modules.php?name=coppermine&&file=displayimage&&pos=15123
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It says that she used dowels. I bet they were different sizes for each side to get that effect.
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This is what Sweetart said" I used the dowel method, but I think next time I'll use styrofoam wedges. It took me awhile to get the angle of all those dowels just right. After placing cakes on, I tucked white fabric around the dowels to hide them, and then stuffed in the tulle. "
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But what does that MEAN????
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I think what she did was put the dowels in each of the 3 lower layers. Two dowels same saize and the other two the same size as each other but taller than the others. One side with short and the other taller. When you add the next layer it will tilt. For anything more specifice I would pm the maker of that cake. HTH
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Have you tried PMing the person to ask for specific directions? Looks like lots of people wanted directions for that cake; she should post a thread about it.
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post #7 of 51
Nothing new or fancy- it's how Colette Peters makes her topsy turvies. It uses styrofoam (notice the stuff that's covered up and the shape of it) and dowels. I could send you the directions via e-mail from one of her books if you'd like.
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post #8 of 51
based on actual cake in question (have mouse -- will trace!)

left: styrofoam wedges

right: dowels (for best results dowels go all the way to base for a flat level surface to stand on)

I'll take wedges (no wedgies thank you tho')
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Originally Posted by nglez09

Nothing new or fancy- it's how makes her topsy turvies. It uses styrofoam (notice the stuff that's covered up and the shape of it) and dowels. I could send you the directions via e-mail from one of her books if you'd like.



Please send me the directions. Thanks a bunch!
post #10 of 51
That's exactly right Doug, but I have no idea how you could do that solely with dowels!
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I would have to think that it means you cut the dowels to different heights so that you have the angles you want.

As for wedges, I would have to think that you would cut the wedges to the angle you desire, then dowel through the cakes AND wedges, like you normally would, just making sure that you also catch the wedges with your dowels. I would also recommend you "center post" with one large dowel down through the center of everything ... wedges, cakes, etc. (and I'm thinking styrofoam wedges here).

Another thing: If you notice in the picture, the bottom tier and the 3rd tier from the bottom are both probably horizontal. That means on the the top tier and the 3rd tier down are actually not horizongally-level. Sort of makes the structure a little bit more stable, I would have to think.

Just my opinion, but I hope it helps you out.

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Doug! That is amazing!!!! Thanks for clearing that up for my muddy imagination!
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Originally Posted by nglez09

That's exactly right Doug, but I have no idea how you could do that solely with dowels!



pointed at BOTH ends helps so it can dig into top board a bit...but not to sharp on top so it penetrates

OR have to cut top of dowel at angle to match the angle cake will be at (too much trig/math!!!!!)

and a dab of hot melt glue for "extra measure"

at least 3 per layer!! --- better yet four to extra safe --- that's a LOT of dowels going into bottom layer!

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I'd do wedges...safer, easier, more secure!
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post #14 of 51
Doug...I never thought I would say this to any man but...


I WANT YOUR BRAIN!!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #15 of 51
but what exactly is the dowel method? I am a visual person and would love if someone could go in to details on exactly how this is done? It just looks like it would slide off the plate.
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