A tiered cake is a perfect way to celebrate a special occassion. There is something grand about the classic design. Achieving this look is not difficult. Once stacking is mastered, the design possibilities are endless. There are tall stacks, short stacks, wide stacks, and thin stacks. Any cake can go as far as your imagination can take it.
If you have smoothly frosted each tier on its own cake board, you are ready to begin. In the following example, I am stacking a 5" round tier onto an 8" round tier. I use the cake pan for the smaller tier to mark the lower, larger tier.
Of course if you have more tiers in your cake, you will have to repeat these steps for each tier. Larger tiers will require more support dowels. Evenly spaced, they should be about 2-3" apart.
Some decorators use bubble tea straws as supports instead of the dowel rods. I would like to try these some day. I'll be sure to let you know how it works when I do. In the mean time, this system has not failed me yet.
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P.S. Becky, if your out there, this post is for you. Good luck on your upcoming cake project. Email me pictures, I'd love to see how it turns out!