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post #1 of 11
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I have 9 inch layers stacked on top of each other with dowel rod supports between. I also have another 6 inch layer on top of those with dowel rod supports underneath. My cake is still leaning. I have rods that go top to bottom in 3 locations and it doesn't seam like it's helping much.

HELP icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif !!!

What can I do to help support it? I was going to cover it with fondant, but am now thinking that it would be even more of a disaster with the weight of the fondant on it.

Thanks!!
~Steph~
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post #2 of 11
how many 9" layers are stacked on top of each other?

Regardless, it sounds like your dowels are not the same size. Did you insert one dowel, measure & mark, then cut the other dowels this size? Or did you insert each dowel and measure-n-mark individually?
post #3 of 11
Maybe you need one long dowel all the way thru all the layers, sharpen it with a clean pencil sharpener and hammer down thru them
post #4 of 11
over doweling can be a problem (and underdoweling!). how many are in each layer?
you dont mention a cake board between the layers?

is it a normal tiered cake you want? if so, you would normally cover the tiers in fondant before stacking.
xx
post #5 of 11
ok I am totally lost now hahaha
post #6 of 11
I personally have not had good experiences with wooden dowels. The times I have had cracking or leaning it was with wooden dowels. Look into SPS, or even the large plastic tubes Wilton sells.
post #7 of 11
SPS = no leaning. No kidding.
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post #8 of 11
i use wooden dowels all the time with no problem but as someone said, are there cake boards between the tiers? Did you cut the dowels all the same size or did you cut them individually? They must all be the same size, use the one that is the longest, (goes in the deepest side if cake is not exactly level) and cut the rest to that size. HTH
post #9 of 11
I use SPS too and love them but it sound like your dowels weren't cut the same size?
post #10 of 11
"I was going to cover it with fondant, but am now thinking that it would be even more of a disaster with the weight of the fondant on it. "

I'm thinking they should've been covered with fondant before doweling....or was it supposed to be covered as a whole for some reason?
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post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by momtwoboyz

I have 9 inch layers stacked on top of each other with dowel rod supports between. I also have another 6 inch layer on top of those with dowel rod supports underneath. My cake is still leaning. I have rods that go top to bottom in 3 locations and it doesn't seam like it's helping much.



How many 9" layers do you have stacked?
Why do you have dowel rods in between these layers?
You don't need more than 1 dowel rod going the length of the cake.
Cakes should be covered in fondant prior to stacking.
Also, the 6" tier should be on a cake board.
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