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Will a porcelain cake stand hold a 5 tier cake?

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Just looking for a bit of prior experience/knowledge! 

 

I'm going to be making a 5 tier round cake and want to know if a porcelain cake stand will hold the weight.

 

It's this stand (the 12") http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-525154/Sur-La-Table-White-Porcelain-Cake-Stands 

 

The cake will be 12/10/8/6/4 and will be on a 14 or 16" board (haven't decided yet)

 

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Originally Posted by LisaPeps View Post

Just looking for a bit of prior experience/knowledge! 

 

I'm going to be making a 5 tier round cake and want to know if a porcelain cake stand will hold the weight.

 

It's this stand (the 12") http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-525154/Sur-La-Table-White-Porcelain-Cake-Stands 

 

The cake will be 12/10/8/6/4 and will be on a 14 or 16" board (haven't decided yet)

 

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Sure, for like 5 minutes before your masterpiece pays homage to gravity and Isaac Newton. Your cake is going to be HEAVY, and that puny stand doesn't stand a chance. So far Sarah's Stands are the only ones I've heard of that are designed for heavy tiered cakes but even they are made of wood and have a weight limit. They cost between $120 and $250. You should check those out.

post #3 of 12

Marina Sousa on craftsy.com in her Jewelled Wedding cake segment has a lesson on making the pedestal cake stand, covered with fondant and strong and sturdy. The class is well worth(at times 50% off for only $20).

You can see the stand  by checking out her QUICK LOOK on the lesson.

post #4 of 12
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The cake is for somebody at work so I can't afford to buy one which runs in the hundreds of dollars + shipping to the UK + 15% import tax, worked it out to be about £175... And I really doubt they will buy one themselves. 

 

The stand in my original post held a 25kg (55lbs) tub of paint, would a 5 tier cake be heavier than that? My cakes are all 4" tall. 

 

Would this one work? http://www.therange.co.uk/dema-simplicity-31cm-footed-cake-stand//the-range/fcp-product/57294

 

It doesn't have the lip on it. 

 

If need be I could have the 12" tier as a dummy cake and have a cutting cake in the back. 

 

I've never seen a cake stand in the UK larger than 12" diameter :(

post #5 of 12
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It's not the 6" stand its the 12" stand 

post #6 of 12

Probably not a good idea to have the bottom tier of a cake this size be a dummy. Dummies are light in weight and one at the bottom of a 5-tier cake would make the cake topheavy.

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post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Oh, I understand what you mean now!
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the suggestions and advice, I've given the couple a few different options (ie smaller cake and cakes in the kitchen, make a wooden stand like K8's etc) and I'll let them choose what to do.

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by LisaPeps View Post
The stand in my original post held a 25kg (55lbs) tub of paint, would a 5 tier cake be heavier than that? My cakes are all 4" tall.


Half that -- around 25 lbs. for cake and icing only (not including fondant, boards, etc.).

post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hmmm this one is on a porcelain stand http://vintageandcake.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/5-tier-wedding-cake.html and in the description she says its all cake. Still in 2 minds :S
post #11 of 12

If the priority is the look of a 5 tier cake on a stand, and their budget or appreciation of what is realistic for that amount of cake is not feasible, then have you considered a 100% dummy cake? You could make that and stack it 20 deep (LOL) and keep the real cake in the kitchen.

post #12 of 12

Personally, I'd never try it.  Something tall and heavy on a tiny little point of contact?  Nope. 

 

If anybody touched the table, or even bumped it "just a little"......oops.    If you bump the table, even a little, while removing the top two tiers for cutting......oops.   Assembling the cake tiers on-site would be s...c...a...r...y.

Even a tiny bump.....ooops.   If the table at the venue is not dead level.....ooops.  

 

The cake stand could probably "hold" a five-tier cake just fine.  Whether or not you can touch it while it's on the stand is another story.  

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