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Do I need dowels?

post #1 of 13
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Hello! I'm new to posting but I've been a lurker for some time. I have a 2 tiered cake due tomorrow. The lady wants the bottom to be a double layer 8in round and the top to be a double layer 4in round. Do I need dowel rods to go under the 4in cake or is it small enough that it will be okay without? If I do need them, is there any special way I'm suppose to do it? Sorry, I'm somewhat new to this. Thanks!
post #2 of 13

Yes, you will need dowels or at least some straws. Even though it is only a 4" there is weight to it and it will sink into the bottom layer.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by darkchocolate View Post

Yes, you will need dowels or at least some straws. Even though it is only a 4" there is weight to it and it will sink into the bottom layer.
Thank you! I do have a bunch of straws on hand that I can use. How many do I need?
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Thank you! I do have a bunch of straws on hand that I can use. How many do I need?

You will find different answers if you search.  Some say, 1 straw for every inch- so 4 straw for a 4" cake round.

 

I would think you would be safe with 3-4. If you use 3, space them in a triangle shape.  After you have frosted your bottom layer, take the 4" cake board and place it in the center.  Then remove it and you will see where you need to put your straws.  Make sure the cake is getting the support from the outer circle-not in the middle.  Not that you can't put a straw in the middle, because you can.  Just make sure they are spaced out to carry the weight of the top layer.

post #6 of 13

Good luck with your cake and please post pictures.

post #7 of 13
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Good luck with your cake and please post pictures.
Here is the cake I made. She wanted a girly curious George cake using light pink, blue and yellow and with stars and polka dots. Marshmallow fondant and George is made of gum paste.
post #8 of 13

SO cute! you may want to put some supports under Curious George - unless its not that heavy...

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SO cute! you may want to put some supports under Curious George - unless its not that heavy...
How do I do that? I'm sorry, I'm self taught and have only done this for about 8 months. He is pretty heavy and was weighing down a bit. So was the hat but luckily I was able to position it sorta leaning against the leg if the sign.
post #10 of 13
Sounds like you're using dowels? If so, cut a piece of cardboard small enough to sit under George but not be seen and place a few dowels under him - much like you would for another tier of cake. You have to use the cardboard or elsewhere the dowels will push right through George. Does that make sense?
post #11 of 13
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Here is the cake I made. She wanted a girly curious George cake using light pink, blue and yellow and with stars and polka dots. Marshmallow fondant and George is made of gum paste.

To be new to this, you did a great job.  You definitely have talent.

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Originally Posted by dukeswalker View Post

Sounds like you're using dowels? If so, cut a piece of cardboard small enough to sit under George but not be seen and place a few dowels under him - much like you would for another tier of cake. You have to use the cardboard or elsewhere the dowels will push right through George. Does that make sense?
Oh yes! Thank you! I don't know why I've never thought of that! I'll definitely be trying that next time I have a heavy figurine to make.
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To be new to this, you did a great job.  You definitely have talent.
Thank you! icon_smile.gif
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