Originally Posted by lovinspoonfull
Thanks BlakesCakes. The bubble tea straws are interesting to me. I would like to find a sub for the dowels. Do you find that they are strong enough to use on pretty large cakes? I have experimented with downward force on regular cut straws, and they seem very strong. I just haven't had the nerve to use them in a cake yet!
Absolutely strong enough. The hollow cylinder is one of the strongest architectural elements available--much safer than a solid cylinder like a wooden dowel or any other skinny stick.
Straws don't displace cake like solid cylinders do. The cake is actually compressed into the hollow and acts a bit like an anchor. They're much less likely to slide in the damp environment of a cake.
Straws are very easy to cut and get level. You only need to use 1/2 as many for support, too, so you can support a 10" cake with just 5 straws. They're sanitary, easy to see in the cake, they're not made of anything that can absorb grease or moisture, and they're cheap.
Along with the Agbay cake leveler, straws are me best "cake find" ever--thanks to CC.