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Trying Bubble Tea Straws first time...how many to use???

post #1 of 9
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I have heard so many good things about using the straws so I am thinking of trying them in a wedding cake I am going to be making in June but not sure how many to use or whether to combine them with wooden dowels. It will be a 3 tier stacked cake. The bottom will be 14" round, middle 8"square and top 6" round. I am not so much concerned with using just the straws in the top two tiers but wondering if I should use them with dowels in the bottom since alot of weight will be on there. How many should I use in each cake?
post #2 of 9
I should be getting mine today in mail,,so I will be trying them out this weekend for a 3 tier cake! So, I'm curious to know too! GReat post!
post #3 of 9
5 under the 8" square, like a dice pattern, and either 3 in a triangle pattern, OR 4 in a square pattern under the 6" round.
post #4 of 9
I suggest using similar amounts to Edna. The bubble tea straws aren't quite as large as these, but will give a similar amount. Good luck!

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post #5 of 9
I use bubble tea straws on all my tiered cakes. I use the same number of straws as the cake it is supporting. So, I would put 8 straws in the 14" cake to hold up the 8" cake and 6 straws in the 8" cake to hold up the 6" cake. I put them in a circular pattern for round cakes and a square pattern for square cakes. I never put any in the middle because I like to put 2 offset wooden dowels all the way through the cake.
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post #6 of 9
I like how using less, like my suggestion leaves much more cake that doesn't have holes in it at cutting time. And having them distributed beneath (middle) gives more support.
post #7 of 9
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Thanks everyone, for the replys. I got my straws at a local Asian store for only $1.49 for 40 of them. It sounds like I would not need the wooden dowels along with the straws even on the large tier, am I correct?
post #8 of 9
Dowels are pointless unless you aren't confident in your delivery methods. I'll use a dowel if a situation warrants it, but 99% of the time, I don't need them.
post #9 of 9
Bubble tea straws are actually stronger and more stable than wooden dowels. So there is no need to turn tho them for larger tiers.

I also use the same placement as Jamie.
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