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Cake supports-straw vrs dowels

post #1 of 37
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I am tempted to use straws instead of dowels..I always use dowels but they are so hard to get EXACTLY the same size..Does anyone have experiences or horror stories...Your help is appreciated
post #2 of 37
I only use straws. They are relatively easy to cut even I mark them with my food markers and just use a scissor. If you are a little off you can just snip a smidge to get them even. Never had a cake sink yet. I always use a center wooden dowel if the cake has to travel. I use the big tea staws. But I notices that some fast food places have large ones for their milshakes.
post #3 of 37
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Thanks for the reply..I had thought about putting the dowels inside the straws and only the big ones would work.
post #4 of 37
I use regular sized drinking straws exclusively on cakes up to 4 tiers high and have not had any problems. I do not use a center dowel, but I do deliver the cakes chilled.
post #5 of 37
I use lollipop sticks.
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post #6 of 37
Oh good, I'm glad to see this post! I have been debating whether to use lollipop sticks, straws, or wooden dowels for my first 3-tier square cake (16", 12", 8").

Do you think straws or lollipop sticks would be better? And how many should I use to support the 12" tier? And the 8" tier? Also, how tall should I make each tier? Is 6" too high per tier (so an 18" high cake)? Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any advice!
post #7 of 37
I use wooden dowels every time unless it's a very small cake that I won't be transporting.

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post #8 of 37
I think the big tea straws are called "Bubble Straws" and they work beautifully! One of the students in a class I was taking used these and her cake was very stable and the straws were so easy for her to cut and use.
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post #9 of 37
I am learning sooo much from everyone! Now I know what to do with all those staws I have!
post #10 of 37
I wouldn't use lollipop sticks. I tried using them several years ago and the moistness of the cake made them collapse. Fortunately is was for my grandaughter so it didn't cause too big a catastrophe.
post #11 of 37
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Originally Posted by Jessmar

Oh good, I'm glad to see this post! I have been debating whether to use lollipop sticks, straws, or wooden dowels for my first 3-tier square cake (16", 12", 8").

Do you think straws or lollipop sticks would be better? And how many should I use to support the 12" tier? And the 8" tier? Also, how tall should I make each tier? Is 6" too high per tier (so an 18" high cake)? Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance for any advice!



Definitely the large diameter Bubble Straws. Six for the 12" and 3 or 4 for the 8". Four inches is pretty standard for spacing between tiers. You can go the 6 if you want to.
Hope this helps a bit.
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post #12 of 37
I've always used straws and never had a problem with them at all, and if I feel a need for more support via center doweling I will use bamboo skewers...But all in all I've had a cake stacked 6 tiers high using straws as the doweling support between the tiers.

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post #13 of 37
You asked for horror stories, so here goes. I was making a three tier cake for the 2005 Wilton cake decorating contest. It was to be a replica of the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec. Well I spent hours sketching the design, planning and thinking. The roofs were all made ahead of time and left to dry. The cakes were baked and filled. (it didn't occur to me to use cake dummies; what a dummy). I had recently read about using straws for support in tiered cakes and thougt "how easy, I'll give it a try". So, I constructed the cake using straws, and proceded with the decorating. Well, I didn't quite finish that night, so I went to bed thinking that I would finish in the morning and then take my pictures. Morning came and I came downstairs to find the top tier on the floor, the middle tier smashed down into the botton one, and all my roofs and turrets broken. And in the middle of all this mess, bent straws. Now I may have used the wrong kind of straw, and I know lots of people have said they work, but I swore I would never use them again.

Happy ending time. I was able to salvage the top two tiers of the cake and the bottom tier was just squished in the back, so I just photographed from the front. I had time to remake and dry my roofs and turrets before the contest deadline. I didn't win or place, but I thought it turned out pretty good all things considered. I'll attatch a picture of the finished product. From the front you can't even tell there is about a two inch gap in the back bottom tier. icon_smile.gif
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post #14 of 37
I have recently discovered "Bubble Tea" straws which are very wide and stronger plastic, which give good support yet still cut with scissors.
post #15 of 37
Eatsleepdreamcake--Sorry to hear the straws let you down, but what a lovely cake! Great detail! (And a wonderful save on your part!) thumbs_up.gif
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