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how many dowels for this cake.......HELP

post #1 of 10
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I am stacking seven two layer, eight inch round cakes on top of each other. I am using plastic dowels hollow 3/4 inches around. and am using plastic cake boards in between every two layers of cake. How many dowel rods per tier? and should I use one board or two per tier.

Thanks any help is appreciated.
post #2 of 10
3 or 4 dowels per 'tier' (4" heighth) will be plenty. You say 'plastic cake *boards*' but are then not the cake *plates* with feet that fit into the hollow dowels?
Not sure what you mean by plastic boards.
post #3 of 10
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yes disposable not the ones with feet.
post #4 of 10
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and even in the very bottom tier just 3 or 4 rods?
post #5 of 10
Yeah... I'd do 4 dowels per tier.
post #6 of 10
Yes, even in the bottom tier 4 will be plenty. Those are very strong and will be more than enough.
I'm still not sure what your plastic boards are - I'm wondering if they will crack with the weight. Since I can't be sure how to advise you you might try putting a lot of weight on one board standing on 4 rods to see how it holds up.
I'm thinking plastic plate like one would use for a picnic icon_sad.gif ...... but then I'm also thinking those cake boards that are made from old milk cartons (at least that's what I was told they were made from) that look plastic but really are a coated cardboard.....
Since these are all 8" cakes there will be plenty of support - not much spread between the rods.....so one should be fine.....your dowels/rods are thick and will support plenty of weight.
post #7 of 10
I'd probably put 4 in the lowest 'tier'; then 3 in the others - staggering them so they are not over each other - understand what I mean? like maybe x in one and + in the other - but using 3.
ONe of the reasons for suggestion 3 is that you will be displacing a lot of cake with that size dowel....
propbably loosing 2 or 3 servings all together and the other is how stong they are.
post #8 of 10
ok jmo heres is what i would do in this situation, you are stacking 7 cakes that are the size on top of each other and separating each 4 in high cake with its own board. i would stick 4 rods in each cake to ensure that they hold under the pressure, then i would stick one long rod down the middle of the whole cake, boards and all to ensure that it dont come tumbling down if the "table" get bumped by accident.
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post #9 of 10
Using a rod down the middle is often false security icon_sad.gif It *might* help some but don't depend on it. Making perfectly sure the cakes are perfectly level is the best security there is. Next, is using a dependable support system and those size dowels are SUPER strong.

If *I* were making this arrangement I would be using plastic drink straws in all but the lowest tier - and maybe even in it icon_smile.gif I have used them sooooo often I cannot think of not using them.

The more I think about this the more I realize this cake is going to be 14" tall (7 layers 2" each) by 8" wide. It is going to be top-heavy no matter what! It almost would be better to use one long PVC pipe (2" wide?) glued to a base board and push/thread the cakes over it - you know like we so them doing so much on those TV shows - instead of the dowels in each tier.
I hope it does not need to be transported.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

The more I think about this the more I realize this cake is going to be 14" tall (7 layers 2" each) by 8" wide. It is going to be top-heavy no matter what! It almost would be better to use one long PVC pipe (2" wide?) glued to a base board and push/thread the cakes over it - you know like we so them doing so much on those TV shows - instead of the dowels in each tier.
I hope it does not need to be transported.



It's 28" tall (7 two-layer cakes)... I agree with the internal pipe, but screws in a plywood base board will hold much stronger than any type of glue.

This is the equivalent of a 7-tier cake and requires a lot of stabilization to prevent slippage of the sections of your top-heavy tower.
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