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I have a question about the double layer cake!

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

So i have a question. You know the double cakes (the fancy ones) i found out something about them today. Apparently you have to put some sort of big straw in the cake. 

 

So i have 2 questions for you. 

 

1.Why do we do it? i mean it's weird. The thing i dont get is you have to put it all the way down and cut it of. I dont know why but i thought it was pointless. But if it were pointless not everyone would do it. 

 

2. Have you ever tried the method and how did it go for you?  

 

thanks 

Dee.

post #2 of 21

The straws are to support the cake above.  Anything taller than 4 to 6 inches needs to have an internal support system to keep the top from smashing the bottom.  Some people use straws, some use dowels.  The upper layers or tiers are placed on their own cake board and rest on the straws.  The straws need to be cut to the exact height of the cake (with icing) to keep the upper levels from sinking into the bottom or being held above the bottom level.

 

I hope that makes sense.

post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 

that totally makes sense. Thanks Vista :)

post #4 of 21

And you're actually referring to a cake which has two or more tiers, not layers.  Layers are within each individual cake.

post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
yeah 2 tiers
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And you're actually referring to a cake which has two or more tiers, not layers.  Layers are within each individual cake.

From where I am, we call tier "layer" :) when i first learn caking for my son's birthday last year, I am totally confused when I see descriptions like 4 layered cake and I see only one.. :D today, when I quote my clients, I put in my description, tier/layer... :)

post #7 of 21

My mom gets it confused all the time.  I have to draw her a picture to explain it. 

post #8 of 21
Cakes are heavy. My little 6" cake would destroy any cake it sits on without support. The weight of the actual cake, buttercream, ganache, and fondant adds up.

Putting straws in sounds silly, but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.
post #9 of 21
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Putting straws in sounds silly, but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do.

As opposed to...what?

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post #10 of 21
AZ. For folks like the op or people who are not in cake decorating find it SILLY/WEIRD/ODD to have straws in their cake.

Obviously, people who decorate understand why. I use McDonalds straws bc we own 2 stores. The reaction on peoples' faces when I pull of those yellow and red striped straws is kinda funny.

That is what I was talking about...sorry to have confused you.
post #11 of 21

Ah yes, that was not clear. Thanks for explaining that.

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post #12 of 21
The OP said she thought it was weird. Didnt think it needed an explanation.
post #13 of 21
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AZ. For folks like the op or people who are not in cake decorating find it SILLY/WEIRD/ODD to have straws in their cake.

Obviously, people who decorate understand why. I use McDonalds straws bc we own 2 stores. The reaction on peoples' faces when I pull of those yellow and red striped straws is kinda funny.

That is what I was talking about...sorry to have confused you.

Does McDonalds uses same straw sizes in all countries? Our McDonalds here are using regular sized straws. Is it sturdy enough to support a cake? Our McDonald straws here are a lot harder than the regular straws though.. Maybe I will use this for my baby's two tiered cake of 6" and 4".. Do you think it is still necessary to have support since 4" round cake is relatively small? :)

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For folks like the op or people who are not in cake decorating find it SILLY/WEIRD/ODD to have straws in their cake.

Obviously, people who decorate understand why.

I made a caravan cake last week for my Dad's 80th birthday, It was 2 layers of vanilla, and a top layer of chocolate.  It stood a good 4 inches high, so I placed 4 straws inside it.  Then all covered in ganache and sugarpaste (fondant).  It was heavy (weight), so of course jokes ensued from my sisters about the cake being dry and not 'light' !!!!  I was also accused of trying to kill people when it was cut and out came the straws icon_razz.gif ..my Auntie also asked where I had bought it icon_eek.gif 

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I made a caravan cake last week for my Dad's 80th birthday, It was 2 layers of vanilla, and a top layer of chocolate.  It stood a good 4 inches high, so I placed 4 straws inside it.  Then all covered in ganache and sugarpaste (fondant).  It was heavy (weight), so of course jokes ensued from my sisters about the cake being dry and not 'light' !!!!  I was also accused of trying to kill people when it was cut and out came the straws icon_razz.gif  ..my Auntie also asked where I had bought it icon_eek.gif  

You put straws in a 1 tiered cake? Did I misread this?
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