Calling all bakers – need advice on my cake and if it will work!

posted 3 years ago in Food
Post # 3
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@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
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

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
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@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 # 10
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@SpecialSundae:  +1



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 # 12
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Kazza:  I believe Wilton makes kits just for this purpose – otherwise you risk collapse or the cake not falling properly.

Post # 13
757 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
679 posts
Busy bee

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
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
1234 posts
Bumble bee

@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. 

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