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post #16 of 37
Thanks for the compliment. icon_smile.gif I just used the straws in my cupboard. They probobly weren't big or strong enough. Maybe I will give straws another try with the right kind, and on a practice cake just in case.
post #17 of 37
Okay maybe I'll try them next time.... but I do know that you can get them here: http://www.bubbleteasupply.com/store/store.php3?item_id=2
post #18 of 37
This post has been so informative and helpful!

Eatsleepdreamcake - great recovery, your cake is wonderful!

Teekakes - your advice is so helpful and thank you for answering my questions!

Where can I find / buy bubble tea straws? Are they easy to find?
post #19 of 37
I just saw your post imartsy - thanks for the website!

Can I only get bubble tea straws by ordering them online? I was hoping I could find some at, for example, a grocery store or craft store.
post #20 of 37
Also try eBay, I got a pack of 50 for $1 ea. and shipping is pretty good too, I ordered 4 packs for the same amount shipping!

Here is a link:

http://stores.ebay.com/IPC-Food-Service-And-Kitchen-Supply

They donĀ“t have them listed right now but they will list them if you ask them to. HTH
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post #21 of 37
Thanks for the link for the bubble tea straws. I will try that next time. I currently use straws from Mc Donald's icon_smile.gif
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post #22 of 37
On my first (and only) tiered cake I used Bubble Tea straws. I don't know what "Bubble Tea" is, but they sure make sturdy straws for it! icon_lol.gif They worked really well. Thanks for posting this. I was wondering what other's opinions were too. thumbs_up.gif
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post #23 of 37
you can get bubble tea straws from asian supermarkets. they're less than $2 for a big pack. they're sold next to gelatin/tapioca supplies.
post #24 of 37
i was planning on making a tier cake soon, probably just 2 tiers since it's just for practice but i don't know how the wooden dowels work. how would you cut them? with a saw? but anyway, i was thinking of just trying the bubble tea straws out. and JenniferL, bubble tea is an "asian" drink that has tea in it and usually tapioca balls in it. that's why you need a big straw to suck them up.
post #25 of 37
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wooden dowels are cut with clean garden shears. I have a pair that are only use for cutting dowels.
post #26 of 37
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Jessmar, If you are asking how high the cake itself should be--each layer cake for the tiered cake should be 3"" to 4""
post #27 of 37
Thanks partcake! I now have another question though, that I'm a little embarrassed to ask because I should probably know the answer icon_redface.gif , but here goes: When you say 3'''' does that mean 3 centimeters, or inches, or something different? Sorry I'm getting a bit off topic... but thanks for your help!
post #28 of 37
Oh I think I understand now, after reading it again - you mean for example, the top tier (the 8" square cake) should be 3-4 inches high once the layers of that cake are stacked and filled? Please correct me if I'm wrong... you can tell this is my first 3-tier cake, since I have so many questions!
post #29 of 37
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Originally Posted by Jessmar

Oh I think I understand now, after reading it again - you mean for example, the top tier (the 8" square cake) should be 3-4 inches high once the layers of that cake are stacked and filled? Please correct me if I'm wrong... you can tell this is my first 3-tier cake, since I have so many questions!



Yes, tiers are usually approx 4" high. I say approximate because I make the top tier (smallest tier) 1/4" shorter than the middle tier, and the bottom tier 1/4" taller than middle. This is to "deceive" the eyes into thinking all tiers are same height (smallest tier tends to look tallest compared to others, if not done this way).
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post #30 of 37
I have only used straws once and I put skewers in them for extra stability. Maybe I did not need them but they worked great.

For small cake I use a couple of chocolate covered pretzels when kids are there and it works really nice Again just adding a small cake to a larger one. Not any type of wedding cake.

Good luck.
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