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Straws or Dowels?

post #1 of 51
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Any of you ever use Straws instead of dowel rods? I ran into a lady yesterday that said this is what they teach them at Johnson & Wales Univ.
Treena
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post #2 of 51
I've heard people on hear talk about using straws but I haven't tried it. I got a wedding cake coming that I was considering using straws in instead of the wooden dowels. Maybe someone will answer soon. I'd like to hear opinions on this subject.
Elaine
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post #3 of 51
Sure! Many of us use strawsicon_smile.gif They work just as good or even better than wooden dowels.
........ Johnson & Wales Univ........
Have NO idea where this is but I'm a bit surprised to hear such a place would be teaching the use of strawsicon_smile.gif I far prefer using straws over dowels and find them to be very reliable for most tiered cakes.
post #4 of 51
I've been using bubble tea straws since watching Sharon Zambitos DVD where she gives a demonstration on them. They are easy to cut to size with regular scissors and work great.
post #5 of 51
Can you use drinking straws, or special cake straws. If something special were do you purchase them? Thanks
Janet
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post #6 of 51
I've seen and heard of straws being used instead of wooden dowels, but I can't for the life of me, understand how a bendable straw can support the weight of heavy tiers.

Maybe someone can give me a scientific explanation as to how these are the same as using wooden dowels.
post #7 of 51
I cant remember exactly where I ordered them on-line but you can google Bubble Tea Straws and several sites will come up.

Sharon instructed to space them about 1" apart. I think you have to use a few more straws than dowels but bubble tea straws are very strong and not as pliable as regular straws are. I have never had a problem with them shifting or bending.
post #8 of 51
Thanks, I'll check it out.
Janet
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post #9 of 51
I buy my straws from eBay really cheap and I get them by the box full.
I never use the regular one just the Bubble Tea Straws, much easier to use than the dowels, I highly recommend them!
post #10 of 51
Neither! Try SPS. Seriously.
Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
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Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
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post #11 of 51
I get my bubble straws at a Korean grocery store....
make life what you want it to be
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post #12 of 51
Leahs, are you an SPS spokesperson? I'm so not being sarcastic either, you are very convincing when it comes that SPS.

I ordered my first set for a quincenera, do you usually buy the plate the same size as the cake? ie, an 8" plate for an 8"layer? Or do you buy it an inch shorter 7" for an 8" so you can't see the plate?
post #13 of 51
I use the bubble tea straws all the time. They really work and easy to cut right on the cake. I google Bubble Tea straws and the site comes up. they are inexpensive.
It's a cake life!
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post #14 of 51
I use regular drinking straw for up to 4 tiers all the time. Cylinders are an extremely strong shape. The first place I learned to use them was also in pastry college, California Culinary Academy (J&W is a pastry school too).
post #15 of 51
LOL, I wish I was a spokeperson for SPS. I'm just a VERY satisfied customer. Seriously, though, it greatly simplified my caking. I will never forget the last cake I made using dowels. It didn't fall, but it was leaning a bit when delivered. I was able to fix it, but I was never sure on that cake.

I NEVER worry any more because I know I'm safe with SPS.

It's just extremely easy to use and very sturdy. And cheap.
Answers to the most often asked questions re: SPS. SPS instructions are on Page 15 of the Sticky at the top of the Cake Decorating Forum. Supplies can be ordered from Oasis Supply, Global or BakeryCrafts.
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