sometimes i like to insert a center dowel that's too long and it sticks up outa the top so i can have a handle on the cake--for stacking on site
then after stacking i remove it & patch or cut it off shorter so it disappear or place another tier on top--so one hand under the cakeboard and one on the dowel, like a 'delivery handle'
i like to do this especially with topsy turvy cakes and sometimes for big tiers that sit on a cake board that is almost the same size as the tier--
for a 12" or 13" or 14" tier that's going on top of a 16" where if i stack those two for easier delivery it's too heavy to carry
but i don't wanna bigger cake board under it either--because of the design--like if i already applied a fondant ribbon border--
i want a small dot border or no border-- i don't wanna try & cover a big ole piece of cardboard sticking out--
so the 'delivery dowel' gives me some leverage to handle it better.
can't yah just see it flipping outa my hands without the 'handle' or me grabbing a big glob of cake <shudder>
10,000 ways to do this--just whatever method/s feel best to you