|The Business of Cake Decorating #7
Eliminating Construction Problems
by Earlene Moore
When we first begin decorating cakes for family and friends we usually do sheet cakes or two layer cakes for small parties. But sooner or later someone asks you to do a wedding cake or a special shaped cake that requires an armature. Dont panic - just do some good planning. Remember wedding cakes are just big glorified special occasion cakes. They just take a little more time and a lot more planning. We all get comfortable with our standard set ups. Things we use all of the time and cakes we feel totally comfortable with dont cause us to fret and worry about them being stable.
Good planning is the first step to eliminating those construction problems.
1. Do you have enough separator plates and legs in your supplies? Nothing is worse than to be working on a wedding cake late on Friday night and realize you dont have the size separator plates you need. Stores are closed and now what do you do? PANIC!!!! Good planning ahead of time will eliminate this problem. In regular wedding cake construction, my favorite set up is the Wilton Crystal-Clear Divider set. This set up is very stable for seperated tiers and the legs go down through the cake below. No way this cake set up can come down unless the table comes down also. This set up works great for a cake that has separations between all tiers to leave room for buttercream, royal, gumpaste or fresh flowers. The Stress Free support system is more expensive but is absolutely wonderful. Super stable and strong. No matter what set up system you choose to use, you must use good support in tiered cakes. (Hint - That top plate under the couples first anniversary cake sometimes goes in the freezer with the cake. Remember to replace that plate in your stock before you need it again.)
2. What are you going to use for supports in stacked tiers? If the cakes must be stacked then Wiltons hollow white Plastic Dowel Rods are great. Being 3/4 in diameter they give very good stable support. These hollow white plastic dowel rods can be cut with a serrated knife to any length desired. White contact covered cardboard's (both sides) under the cakes between the tiers in stacked cakes (with several white hollow dowels cut the same exact length) will also help give that cake good sturdy support. Plain uncovered cardboard's used between the tiers in a stacked cake simply are not good support. The moisture from the cake and icing softens the cardboard's and makes them weak and limp. Also remember that a small amount of fresh icing placed between all plates, cardboard's and cakes is essential for stacked cakes.
The stress free support system is fabulous in stacked
tiers. It is so sturdy and stable. Check this system out here. We have used this system for several years now and
have come to totally rely on it. Total support and so stable.
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