Post # 1
Quick background: budget is super tight, and I’m trying to save money on my wedding cake by at least partically doing it myself.
I think a 2-tiered coconut cake (with large curly flakes) would look nice with a single large pink peony on the top, open bloom facing upwards. It would look like this, but with 2 tiers: Coconut wedding cake
However, I asked at Whole Foods (the ones they have are very nice-looking!) and the price for just putting one layer on top of the other adds minimum $120 to the price, and I’m not sure why. They already have the two sizes of cake in the same flavour ready to sell as-is to anybody.
So, in order to save money, I’m thinking of buying the larger sized coconut cake and the separate smaller cake and putting the tiers together myself. In my head it seems really simple, but is there something that would make this go awry for some reason? Would it collapse? I wasn’t even going to take the icing off the middle of the bottom tier, I was just going to plunk it down and put a flower on the top. Would it sit crooked? What do you think? Am I nuts??
Post # 3
@Kazza: I’m no professional, but I have made a few cakes and a couple of tier cakes. The only real problem I could see from you’ve described it that if you simply “plonk” one on top of the other, it may collapse the bottom tier. So if I were in your shoes, I would get some thin PVC pipe or thin dowel to act as support. good luck!
Post # 4
It depends how dense (firm) the cake is – if you are relying purely on the bottom cake to support the top one it may collapse or become unstable.
You can certainly ‘tier’ it yourself, it won’t take too much. You would be best to slide the small cake onto a thin cake board (approx 1/4″ thick – thats a guess, I work in cm here!) that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the cake so it isn’t visibe and place some supports into the bottom cake which are cut to the height of the bottom cake, then rest the smaller one on top. There are plenty of online tutorials that will assist you 🙂
I’d be inclined to do the construction at the venue so the cake doesn’t need to be transported and then be at risk of toppling over.
Post # 5
A few tips: – Construct the cake at the venue and transport it in separate layers.
– Use a board underneath each layer.
– If the cake is especially soft, you may also need to use wooden dowels.
Post # 6
Agree, there should be no problem contructing this yourself. Go to a bakery supply store for the supports that need to be inserted into the bottom layer, and maybe grab extra coconut to cover the seam if need be. I suppose the extra $120 at Whole Foods is for the labor, supplies and the sugar flower if they were making it- totally not worth it!
Post # 7
@Kazza: Make sure your cakes are on cake boards. Use dowelling through each layer. Measure it against the side of the cake (once iced) and cut it to be 1mm or so taller. Use at least 5 pieces of dowelling for each layer – a square with one dowel in the middle.
Post # 8
Thanks for your advice! I think I can do it with these supports and board you all mentioned. I’m going to keep it to 2 layers to keep things manageable I think… I don’t want to get in over my head. 😛 THANKS EVERYONE!!
Post # 9
I think you will find this a very helpful resource: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/06/project-wedding-cake-an-introduction/
(sorry I would hyperlink it but it’s not working right now for some reason)
It is the first post of many on the process of making a wedding cake.
Post # 10
You definitely need to support the cakes w/ cake boards and wooden dowels. You can even use thick milkshake straws instead…just cut them to the length you need. If you don’t support the top tier it can sink down into the bottom tier. I second the PP that stated to transport them seperately and construct the cake at the venue. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 11
@Rachel631: yes this is exactly what I was thinking
Post # 12
@Kazza: I believe Wilton makes kits just for this purpose – otherwise you risk collapse or the cake not falling properly.
Post # 13
What about using a cake stand? There are so many pretty options, and I think it will still look nice with your flower!
maybe something like this:
I’m sure something like that is easy to make! (I’m pretty sure I saw a pinterest link that had a tutorial!)
Then you don’t even have to think about it!
Post # 14
i have made 2 tier cakes with no support. but the bottom was a 3 layer 9″ round with a 3 layer 6″ on top. so maybe the 6″ is heavy enough to do damage. but i made þe cakes myself, so i knew how dense they were and i could guage whether or not they would fall apart. but ive never had an issue and never used extra support. i built the cake the night before.
Post # 15
It would be fine to do yourself. Make sure the top cake is on a board (or wrap a cardboard round in foil). I like to use lollipop sticks for stacking, just because they’re a little smaller amd won’t squish the cake as much as a wooden stick or pvc would.
I’m sure there are youtube videos you can watch if you’re nervous.
Also, coconut cake? YUM.
Post # 16
@Kazza: You need a cardboard round (the size of the top tier) and a few dowels (straws work in a pinch) for support. Look up a few tutorials on Youtube on how to make a wedding cake; usually they explain how to cut and place the dowels so the cake is supported. Most of the tutorials are less than five or ten minutes but they are so helpful.