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YES!!! Problem finally solved. Dowels alone do nothing to provide support. Dowels are like table legs and the cake cardboard like the table top. Picture setting a casserole on just table legs with no top...does nothing. Same thing with dowels. The cardboard sits on the dowels below it like a little table and the upper tier sits on it. That way the weight of the upper tier doesn't squish the lower tier. With you not using a cardboard the dowels just pressed up into the upper tier and did nothing. What really happens is that you put your tiers on a cardboard as you are working on them and icing them. It gives you a nice bottom surface for moving them around and the edge of the cardboard is a nice guide for when you are applying your icing. When done with the cake you put the dowels in the lower tier and place the cake with its cardboard on top and then you have a properly supported cake.