First time wedding cake
I'm so excited to have found your website! I really hope you can help me. I'm making a wedding cake for my friend in two weeks and this is my first time making one.
I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to baking..its just the construction of the cake I am a bit worried about.
One tier has to be carrot cake, another vanilla and the last chocolate. They really want the carrot to be the bottom tier but it is quite moist and I am not sure if it will be able to hold up?
Also I am thinking of using separator plates and locking pillars between each layer do you have any experience with that?
I think that's about it for now.. I appreciate your help! Hi Tina, I understand your concerns all too well. LOL I will never forget my first wedding cake and how nervous I was.
As long as you get your cakes nice and cold in between steps you will be fine with the carrot cake on the bottom.
*Tip for carrot cakes -If you are filling it with cream cheese icing, pipe a border or dam of buttercream around the layers before filling. This will act as a glue to hold your layers in place when chilled. (I have found that cream cheese filling is on the gooey side) Same goes for any other cakes with fillings which are not firm enough.
The use of dowels within each cake will support the one above it. I have done many pillared cakes over the years so I can help with that too.
Make sure you have a strong base for your bottom tier. If it is a large heavy one get a board cut for you.
needs to be on a cardboard round and firm (cold)
The bottom and middle tier get wooden dowels that will act as supporters for the cake above, you will do this if it is pillared as well.
Place the dowels in a circular pattern within the cakes, measure and cut. I use straws - so much easier to work with - but if your cake is very heavy go with wooden dowels at least on the bottom one.
One larger dowel will go through from top to bottom if your cakes are stacked. Sharpen the ends of the dowels so they can be pushed into the cakes. ( I use a knife to sharpen them )
If you are using pillars and plates then the bottom and middle tiers get a plate on top in which the pillars will snap into and the middle and top tiers will be sitting on a plate for the pillars as well.
*Tip: hot glue the cakes to the plastic plates. I like to use plates that are a size larger than the actual cake. So if it is a 6 inch cake the plate should be an 8 inch plate, this way you will have room for a border.
Take a look at Cake Stackers
They will make your cakes level and easier to deliver in one piece, with less stress.
My review of them is on this page about cake stands.
I hope that helps you. Don't hesitate to come back with more questions or details to the answer. And please post a picture and story about it here on the site. We would love to see the finished cake.
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