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Can I use a non-pound cake for a stacked wedding cake?

post #1 of 19
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As long as it's supported well, a medium-firm cake should do fine for a stacked cake, right? I have a bride that wants a FIVE tier, stacked cake. She wants white cake, and the recipe calls for cake mix, white chocolate pudding, 3 egg whites, one whole egg, etc. I guess it's just a little firmer than your average cake mix.
Do you think it will be ok to use for a tall stacked cake, if I use the large plastic dowel rods?
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post #2 of 19
...that would be fine, since the weight is supported by the dowels, for the most part, and not by the cake. I would use the hollow plastic dowels, rather than any of the wooden ones. The plastic ones are more stable since they are fatter than the wooden ones.....not to mention, they are WAY easier to cut!
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post #3 of 19
Just dowel it really well and it should be fine. I use the Wilton plactic dowels too MrsMissey icon_smile.gif you can cut to them length you need and they're very stable.
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post #4 of 19
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Oh good, thanks for easing my mind on this. I also like the plastic dowels much better than wooden, although they're a little more expensive, it's worth it to not have to worry about it. Thanks again!
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post #5 of 19
That's the recipe I use all the time! I just did a four tier fondant cake with it and there were no problems! It's such a yummy cake!
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post #6 of 19
I use only spongecakes and wooden dowels. Since the cakes are supported by the dowels, there shouldn't ever be a problem. I've even used angelfood cake once or twice...not a problem!
post #7 of 19
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Great! I'm so glad to hear that it's been done successfully! And yes, peacockplace, it is a really yummy cake!! I think it's the white chocolate pudding that puts it over the top. icon_smile.gif

Just wondering some more, what is the best way you've found to stack the cake with the plastic dowels? Do I just plop the cardboard rounds on top, or glue them down in some way? Do you use two cardboard rounds taped together for the heavier tiers (12" and larger)? Do you use a long wooden dowel down the center, or could you possibly use the plastic separator plates?

Sorry for the peppering of questions! I really appreciate all your help!
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post #8 of 19
I have used a long sharpened dowel down the center but I cut a small hole in the middle of the cardboard rounds for the dowel to go thru. I read a post where the lady tried to drive the sharpened dowel thru and crushed the cakes and bent the boards icon_eek.gif ! That could ruin your whole day! The most I have done is three tiers so the experts can fill us in on doubling the boards for such a big cake. I do know you will want to have a very sturdy base that can handle the weight.

Also, is there anything else to that recipe? I would love to know! Thanks! dodi
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post #9 of 19
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Here's the recipe:

1 white cake mix (I used DH)
3 egg whites
1 whole egg
1 small box white chocolate instant pudding
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups water or water/milk mixture
1 tsp almond flavoring (optional - I didn't use it)

Bake at 350 F until it springs back when lightly pressed.

It's delicious, and very moist! My husband's favorite so far, and that's really saying something!
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post #10 of 19
I posted that recipe a little while back. I found it on the DH website and changed it a little. There are tons of great recipes there... deffinately worth a look!
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post #11 of 19
Hi,
I would like to try this recipe, but was wondering what filling and icing goes well with it.
Thanks, Emi
post #12 of 19
Thank you so much APCakes! I can't wait to try it. Also, can't wait to see the cake. When is the wedding? icon_biggrin.gif
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post #13 of 19
Hi, emi! I use bavarian cream and butter cream icing. It has been a huge hit!!! Glad you all like the recipe!
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post #14 of 19
dodibug, that's what I'm afraid of! I'll hammer the center dowel in and the circles will bend and the cake collapse! icon_surprised.gif
post #15 of 19
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Peacockplace - oh good, I'm glad I wasn't going crazy! I thought I found that recipe here on CC, but when I went back to look so I could cite it, I couldn't find it. Thanks so much for sharing it, because it's awesome.

This particular wedding isn't until September, but I'm sure I'll be using this recipe a lot before then! And I agree with those of you who worry about breaking the boards when driving the dowel through!! Good idea to poke a hole in previously, but how do you center it and make sure you hit it?
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