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post #16 of 30
Vibration is the enemy of every cake and a 100 mile drive over any road and in any car is a LOT of vibration time!

I'd venture to say that the large tier--essentially a 2 tier cake, stacked-- would have been fine on a short ride, but it just vibrated to death over that car ride.

I try to dampen the vibration using several layers of memory foam (the stuff Tempurpedic matresses are made of) under the boxes. I think it really helps.

Great cake and fantastic save. I'm sure the B&G were delighted.

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post #17 of 30
what are the tier sizes in the photo " top half" ??
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post #18 of 30
What a fantastic save! To keep your cool like that over 100 miles away from home etc. That's what a professional would do in my book. And the cake looked like it tasted great too.
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post #19 of 30
Great save! I think we should charge an extra fee for wedding cakes that pays our hairdressers to cover all the gray they cause!

BTW - how many people did you plan on serving? The cake is HUGE!!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #20 of 30
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Originally Posted by honeyscakes

what are the tier sizes in the photo " top half" ??



I misnamed the photo but that's actually both the top and bottom half of the tall (12" square) tier after the "surgery". Bottom half went splat, top half looked fine.

I use bubble tea straws for shorter cakes all the time but this cake probably weighed almost 200 lbs overall between the fondant, ganache, and all the layers of chocolate cake, plus filling...
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post #21 of 30
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Originally Posted by BlakesCakes

Vibration is the enemy of every cake and a 100 mile drive over any road and in any car is a LOT of vibration time!

I'd venture to say that the large tier--essentially a 2 tier cake, stacked-- would have been fine on a short ride, but it just vibrated to death over that car ride.

I try to dampen the vibration using several layers of memory foam (the stuff Tempurpedic matresses are made of) under the boxes. I think it really helps.

Great cake and fantastic save. I'm sure the B&G were delighted.

Rae



That's true.. maybe my tall tier didn't even stand a chance... lol...It was on several layers of nonskid padding so I though that was enough but I guess not.

We actually had to drive over a fairly steep uphill grade which I totally forgot about.. I feel like maybe it would've been okay had I stuffed foam core in the box so it was butted against the fondant and had no chance to move..oh well.. live and learn =)
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post #22 of 30
You did an awesome job saving it! Beautiful!
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post #23 of 30
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BTW - how many people did you plan on serving? The cake is HUGE!!! icon_biggrin.gif



Their original guest list was upwards of 300.. but they cut the guest list to 240 or so...

But the original cake design with tall tiers was for 400 according to wilton, but I wanted them to serve larger slices.. Bride just wanted a simple 4 tiered cake with the stripe design and groom had to have a shot glass as a topper but let me have creative license.

Honestly, I really wanted to challenge myself and it's not often I get to do a wedding cake so I wanted it as big as I could push myself to make it, the serving amounts be damned...lol...

It's good I saved the cake boxes for the top 3 tiers under the cake table because there was so much cake left over... people wanted to take some home at the end of the night (including the servers) so it all worked out =)
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post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by AileenGP

Quote:
Originally Posted by honeyscakes

what are the tier sizes in the photo " top half" ??



I misnamed the photo but that's actually both the top and bottom half of the tall (12" square) tier after the "surgery". Bottom half went splat, top half looked fine.

I use bubble tea straws for shorter cakes all the time but this cake probably weighed almost 200 lbs overall between the fondant, ganache, and all the layers of chocolate cake, plus filling...


Thanks. ya I bet this was a huge puppy!
ummm reason why I asked was because I see only 4 plastic dowels in the tiers...so i was wondering that you can avoid this disaster next time by adding more dowels for support.
Also, When you made the extra tall tier,did you put any support and a separator board between the two cakes ?
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post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by honeyscakes

what are the tier sizes in the photo " top half" ??



I misnamed the photo but that's actually both the top and bottom half of the tall (12" square) tier after the "surgery". Bottom half went splat, top half looked fine.

I use bubble tea straws for shorter cakes all the time but this cake probably weighed almost 200 lbs overall between the fondant, ganache, and all the layers of chocolate cake, plus filling...


Thanks. ya I bet this was a huge puppy!
ummm reason why I asked was because I see only 4 plastic dowels in the tiers...so i was wondering that you can avoid this disaster next time by adding more dowels for support.
Also, When you made the extra tall tier,did you put any support and a separator board between the two cakes ?
- h



Yeah, you're right, it probably could have stood to use a few more dowels, but I grossly underestimated how heavy this baby was. Plus, there was another dowel that went through the center to stabilize the two layers.

Yes there was absolutely a board between the tiers, which is why I was able to save the top half. I used foam core because I didn't trust a regular cake board from getting soggy.

Next time for a cake this large, I'm using SPS all the way. I'm not gonna mess with trying to figure out the optimal number of dowels. The SPS just didn't arrive on time (it arrived yesterday - go figure) so I had to make do with what was readily available.
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post #26 of 30
Yeah, you're right, it probably could have stood to use a few more dowels, but I grossly underestimated how heavy this baby was. Plus, there was another dowel that went through the center to stabilize the two layers.

Yes there was absolutely a board between the tiers, which is why I was able to save the top half. I used foam core because I didn't trust a regular cake board from getting soggy.

Next time for a cake this large, I'm using SPS all the way. I'm not gonna mess with trying to figure out the optimal number of dowels. The SPS just didn't arrive on time (it arrived yesterday - go figure) so I had to make do with what was readily available.[/quote]
darn shipping service!!! haha! chin up dear... you did great .it turned out to be a beautiful cake!
Good luck for the next one!!!
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post #27 of 30
I, too, had a cake disaster this weekend. It was a gift of a post-wedding cake for a couple married in May. It was my first tiered cake of any kind, and I used separator plates because the top tier was vegan and I didn't want to mix the two. I am sure my lack of knowledge of how to do the stacking was the problem, because the top tier slid off of the stacking plate, causing damage to the bottom tier. I somewhat fixed it, but the picture in my gallery is the before, not the after. I like the before a lot more!! LOL The cakes were delicious, but I suppose everyone has to "live and learn". Yours was beautiful!
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post #28 of 30
Floral-I saw your before pic and it's beautiful. I see you used a separator plate-did you drive with it stacked? Always assemble that type of cake on scene.
post #29 of 30
Thank you, Darlene. I appreciate the kind words, and the tip. I actually was planning to transport the tiers separately, but thought "This is sturdy...it'll be fine". Famous last words....
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post #30 of 30
I think your cake turned out fabulous. You have what it takes to go professional if you can hold up under that kind of pressure. Sorry this happened to you, but if it does ever happen again, you can take a deep breath and say "ok, you've worked your way through this before and you can do it again."
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