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Make a recessed "box" to separate tiers on a wedding cake?

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I have seen pictures of wedding cake tiers that are separated by what looks like a covered box. The box is smaller than the tier above it so it looks "recessed". Is this just a cardboard collar covered in paper or fondant and wrapped around pillars used with separator plates? Or is there some other product being used for this? I have a client who brought me a picture of the wedding cake she wants and I'm just not sure how to do the "box" separating the tiers.

post #2 of 16

If you have a picture, you should post it. Then we can see what you mean and help you a bit more. It's hard to visualize just exactly what you are needing.

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I tried, but Cake Central is holding my post since I'm new a member.

post #5 of 16

Could it be that it's just a covered cake dummy being used as a separator ? xx

post #6 of 16
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Yes, it could be. Maybe a support dowel thru the cake above and the 'dummy' cake below would keep it stable enough?

post #7 of 16

I wonder if it has 1 central support top to base as well intermediate ones ... 'Tis a BIG cake :D

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Yes, it is big! I don't have or have never used a central support system, and don't really want to buy one just for one cake, but you're right - it looks like that's what they probably used.

post #9 of 16

I haven't done one of these myself, but it looks as if they used pillars to separate the tiers then wrapped around the pillars with a 2" ribbon. The dummy cake option sounds like a possibility as well.

post #10 of 16

I did one with covered Styrofoam between the tiers.  The bride provided silk roses that were put into the Styrofoam. 
 

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post #11 of 16

Styrofoam or several cardboards glued together then covered with fondant or ribbon on the side works great for that.  I've done it a lot.

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Originally Posted by KoryAK View Post

Styrofoam or several cardboards glued together then covered with fondant or ribbon on the side works great for that.  I've done it a lot.


I have always wondered this:
If I have a tiered cake consisting of cake and dummy cakes.. Lets say 6,8,10 with 8 being a dummy. For central dowel, do I push the dowel from the top tier through the dummy and then to the bottom tier? Would the styrofoam from the dummy be not be getting into the bottom cake? I have done cake combos with dummy's but that was not transported hence never dowelled centrally. I hope I am making sense..
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I have always wondered this:
If I have a tiered cake consisting of cake and dummy cakes.. Lets say 6,8,10 with 8 being a dummy. For central dowel, do I push the dowel from the top tier through the dummy and then to the bottom tier? Would the styrofoam from the dummy be not be getting into the bottom cake? I have done cake combos with dummy's but that was not transported hence never dowelled centrally. I hope I am making sense..

How strange, i was thinking the same reading the above posts. the moment you push the rod through, pieces of foam would go into the next cake. how do you avoid this? The above cake, looks  like dummies have been used to  separate each tier.

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post #14 of 16

Use square dummies w/a cardboard under each to prevent lower supports from piercing through if not using plates.  Central dowel isn't necessary... you can use BC or skewers.

post #15 of 16

You can't really have the styrofoam touching the cake below so you need a cardboard underneath as the pp said.  When you hammer the center dowel through (and yes I ALWAYS use one for this setup, just too precarious without IMO) it's going through everything really tightly and I have never had an issue with any strofoam bits migrating to lower layers.

 

Or just do the cardboards to avoid that entirely not to mention those are typically cheaper than styro anyway.

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