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post #46 of 56
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bubble tea straws...

I like the great idea of them not splintering in the cake icon_smile.gif
However they ARE rather thin and hollow. I haven't done much stacking before but I'm really surprised? What type of cakes are you stacking with? Light spongy cakes, nothing too dense?



In the physics of things, the hollow cylinder (a straw) is much stronger than a solid post (a dowel). The straw will take more pounds of direct pressure per inch than a wooden dowel.

If you press down on a straw, it takes a lot to bend it, let alone break it. If you press down on a wooden dowel, it will first bend, it may shift, and with enough pressure, it will break.

Rae



I don't want to sound like a smarty pants, just trying to work out if I should convert to straws myself.... Won't the straws shift?




they aren't that thin. have you seen a bubble tea straw before? they aren't like drinking straws, they're almost as wide as the plastic dowel rods that wilton sells. and yes, every tier needs a board underneath it, whether it's a cardboard cirlce, foamboard, etc.
post #47 of 56
where do you get the bubble tea straws on line....no where that I know of around here..and where do you get foam boards to fit cakes instead of cardboard ones
post #48 of 56
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Originally Posted by madgeowens

where do you get the bubble tea straws on line....no where that I know of around here..and where do you get foam boards to fit cakes instead of cardboard ones



if you don't have any local asian food supply stores, i'd try a chinese/thai/asian restaurant. they may sell them to you? i know some people have gotten them on ebay and amazon, so try that! again, i can get them for $1.50/100 so if they're way higher than that, let me know. i'll buy them for you and ship them icon_smile.gif
post #49 of 56
thanks I will google them...I asked in a chinese restrante and she looked at me like I had 2 heads lol
post #50 of 56
bubble tea straws are great! I was nervous about using them but they work wonderfully - and much easier to cut! The Wilton black definitely has purple issues, but I use Americolor and it is wonderful - never had a problem with being purple.
post #51 of 56
I just want to emphasize that the straws people are talking about using are NOT the same straws as the ones they use in McDonalds. I've heard horror stories from reception sits about people puttig regular drinking straws into cakes and the cakes collapsing. It sounds like a lot of people here might be confused about the type of straw peopel are recommending, so make sure you're using the bubble tea straws, not regular ones.
post #52 of 56
I understand bubble tea straws are different than regular straws. Are they similar to sonic straws? You know, the big red ones? I use those frequently for 2 tiered cakes, and they have worked wonderfully! I bought a big bag from them for a few bucks.
post #53 of 56
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Originally Posted by trixieleigh

I understand bubble tea straws are different than regular straws. Are they similar to sonic straws? You know, the big red ones? I use those frequently for 2 tiered cakes, and they have worked wonderfully! I bought a big bag from them for a few bucks.



even bigger than those! they are made for "boba" tea, which is a tea served in asian rest. that has tapioca pearls in it. so the straw has to be super wide so the pearls can be sucked up it, along with the tea. they measure 1/2 inch in diameter. i believe it's primarily found in thai rest.
post #54 of 56
i used to use wooden dowels and 2 of my cakes collapsed. I decide to use hollow plastic dowels, which i cut with a pvc cutter ($12 at home depot). I use enough dowels!!!more than 6 for sure on the bigger tiers and 4 on the smaller ones. Since i changed the way i stacked, no other collapsing problem for me. And finally i use a wooden dowel, i sharp one end and pass it all through the all stacked cake for better stability.
post #55 of 56
Another bubble tea straw advocate here. Love them, so easy to use, sturdy and cheap!
post #56 of 56
Leah converted me - SPS all the way. I used it again recently for a 3 tier cake, fully stacked before delivery....in Atlanta traffic and had to come to a sudden stop. Nothing moved. I am a firm believer!
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