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post #1 of 28
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Can you stack an 8" cake (single 3" layer) on top of a 10" without using supports? I've never stacked a cake before, and am doing one for a baby shower tomorrow.
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post #2 of 28
You probably could, but I wouldn't recomend it, especially if you have to transport it! Better to be safe than sorry. thumbs_up.gif
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post #3 of 28
I have done it no problem it is like making a 3 layer cake

but to be sure use the dowels or straws under a cake board
post #4 of 28
My wilton instructor gave us the tip to use McDonald's straws because they are so wide and strong, so that is what I use. However, I still almost always end up crooked....but you can't get much cheaper than free straws from Mc D's!!!!!
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post #5 of 28
^5 free is always my favor-ate price!
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post #6 of 28
You probably can--and I have--but since it's for a shower, I would really hesitate NOT to use dowels.

The last thing you want to happen is to show up at the shower with a "stacked" cake that looks like the leaning tower of pizzia or has otherwise slipped apart.

If you decide not to dowel it (either with straws or dowels), then you better make sure that you hold the cake in the car to counter-balance it against the movement of the vehicle (can you tell I've done this before?)

Also--if you are using any figurines of any weight whatsoever, I would definately dowel it. I've had a disaster or two because of that very thing.

Good luck!

Lisa
post #7 of 28
After having a stacked cake disasters for a baby shower, I would definetly recommend doweling in some way shape or form.
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post #8 of 28
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

We did both layers at home last night, transported them separately to my office. (The shower is being held at my sister's office next door.) We're going to put it together (using McDonald's straws! icon_lol.gif ) and just walk it next door.

Wish me luck...it's the first time I've stacked a cake!
~~Juli
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post #9 of 28
ok, call me nuts! but i just dont get the whole dowel thing.. are those the wooden rods? where do you put them? down the center of the cake?
Ute
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post #10 of 28
cool, can't wait to see it....post it for us!!!
Suzanna
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post #11 of 28
dowels are the wooden rods and you can put them down the center but, if you are stacking cakes you put the tiers on cardboard or something and then push in the dowels or straws in and you have to cut them to the desired length. Usually you put in four in the base cake and then rest the top cake on top. The problem with wooden dowels is cutting them can be a pain....straws cut much easier.
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post #12 of 28
I would definately use dowels. Especially if you have to deliver it
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post #13 of 28
Another question about stacking.

Do you stack cakes that are 2" wider than the other? Or do you stack 4" wider?

For example, will a stacked cake look correct with 6",8", and 10"? Or should it be 6", 10", and 14"?
post #14 of 28
Either will work depending on how many you want to feed. At least 2" diffrence is usually the rule. thumbs_up.gif
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post #15 of 28
Great. Thanks peacockplace!
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