Sorry if this type of staking has been addressed, just didn't see it, nor understood the part that is really confusing me.
I think I have over thought this too much and managed to get myself completely confused. I am going to be making a 5-tiered cake for my daughter's Sweet 16 in a few months. Want to use the SPS as it seems more sturdy than dowels. Will be using foam drums as separators and this is where I am getting confused. Bottom two tiers will be dummy cakes - she wants "bigger or go home" lol, but with only 75 guests, doing it all in cake would just be a waste. I want a little of the plate showing, at least 1/2" to 1" so that there is room to add the decorations that will be going on.
I do know the dummies and foam do not need support. The first cake that is real is the 10" round. What plate do I set this on? Not just a cardboard cake board, right? That would be ugly. Do I use the 10" separator plate with the feet poking up into the cake? Will there be enough plate left over for decorating - 1/2"-1" worth of plate?
I get that I would then use a separator plate with the pillars going down thru the 10" round and then a 4" drum sitting on top of this. Got that. It is just the cakes that are setting on the foam drums that is really getting me messing up in my thinking.
6" round cake
8" round cake
10" round cake
10" square cake dummy
16" square cake dummy
17" plywood base board
As you may have gathered, not a professional decorator, it is just my passion!! Any and all help will be GREATLY appreciated, especially after giving myself hot flashes in trying to figure it out!! I am quite sure it will be such an easy thing that I will do the forehead slap but right now, well, it is just irking me!
p.s. I will be adding lighting under each plate that is sitting on the drums and individual LED lights to a few flowers to make it pop! Can't wait for this to happen.