Can you imagine your wedding cake made with your own hands? When all the guests can eat the cake you made yourself, you have passed the sweet to everyone！
Either way, it's a special experience, you know.If you have enough planning,you can bake/freeze your cakes a couple of weeks before the big day, then it will not make you very busy and whirled about .
Remember, baking is meant to be therapeutic. You might just find yourself pouring out your heart to a bridesmaid about your incoming in-laws as you whip up that cake! Or maybe you’ll finally have a chance to share your decompress as you slap on that frosting.
The biggest difference and difficulty between a normal cake and a wedding cake is that the cake to be stacked is large and requires skill of stack cake tiers.
How to Stack Cake Tiers
Wedding cakes and large celebration cakes typically feature several tiers. This is often the last thing clients think about when it comes to executing their vision, but stacking cake tiers is a very important part of the process. If a cake is not properly secure, it will not hold up well during transportation or when displayed at the event.
Before you can stack a cake, all of the layers must be leveled, even and finished with buttercream or fondant. Every tier should be on a cake board (cardboard round or other shape), and the bottom tier should be on a thicker cake board to support all of that weight. You should not be able to see any cardboard except for bottom cake board that the cake is sitting on. All of the piping should be done once the cake is already stacked, to avoid thumbprints or cracks.
If you have no idea where to get the suitable cake board for your wedding cake，you can always find the right product in Sunshine!Sunshine bakery packaging is your one-stop service center.
You will need chopsticks, straws or plastic dowels to begin stacking. For the bottom tier, insert the dowels of your choice in a small-scattered circle towards center of the cake, leaving 1 to 2 inches on the outer perimeter of the cake without any dowels. You want to use about 6 to 8 dowels per tier. Tap or press the dowels in, to make sure they hit the cake board on the bottom, then cut the dowel with scissors to ensure it is not sticking out or showing; they should be level with the top of the cake.
Once all the dowels are put in place, place the next tier on top. All tiers must still be on their cardboard supports. Insert dowels the same way for this next tier, and so on.
After you’ve reach the top, you can use one long wooden dowel hammered through the entire cake to finish. Start at the center top, press it through the top tier and it will hit cardboard. Hammer it through and keep going down through all the cakes and cardboard supports until you get through the bottom tier. This will keep the cakes safe from moving or slipping. Once the cake is fully stacked, all decoration and/or piping can then be placed on the cake.
If you accidentally make some cracks or dents in your cake while stacking, don’t worry! There are always ways to cover that with your decorations or extra buttercream. You saved some, right? Always have some extra frosting in the same color and flavor for just this purpose. Alternatively, stick a flower in the damaged spot or use that area to pipe a decoration. If a cake is stacked securely, it will be that much easier to transport and deliver to your customers – and most importantly it will look perfect for your bride and groom when the time comes to present your creation!
How Far In Advance Can You Stack A Tiered Cake?
To avoid cracking the icing, tiers should be stacked while the icing is freshly done. Alternatively, you can wait for at least 2 days after icing the tiers before stacking. The only time full dowelling is not necessary for a stacked construction is if the lower tiers are a firm fruit cake or carrot cake.
Here are some questions you might ask：
Two-tier cakes usually get away without having a dowel or cake board in between, as long as the cake is well balanced.
On the other hand, it would not be a great thing to do is to stack a light sponge cake or mousse filled cake together without dowels; without them, the cake will sink and plunge.
It’s best to leave the icing to dry overnight before stacking. However, place all the dowels in before the icing dries to prevent cracking when the dowel are pushed in.
You do not have to place a center dowel for two-tier cakes unless you want to. They aren’t as likely to fall as tall tiered cakes.
If you’re making a buttercream cake, you’ll need to be careful while stacking the cake to not dent your icing.
Using spatulas is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t ruin your icing.
Stacking Tall Tiers
Level, fill, stack and ice 2 cake layers on cake board. Cut dowel rods to height of stacked layers.
Repeat stacking additional cake layers on cake boards, stacking no more than 2 layers (6 in. or less) on each cake board.
Position the second group of same-size stacked layers onto the first group.
I’ve stacked cakes up to 6 tiers using only straws.
The reason I prefer them is that in my experience, dowels are hard to cut so that they are level on the bottom.
They are also a pain to cut! Straws are strong, easy to cut and very inexpensive.
How do I wrap my cake and what kind of boxes should I use?
For big wedding cake,you should use a tougher material，wedding cake box,which with corrugated board，very big size and tall box,strong and stable,with clear window then you can see the cake inside when you transport the cake.
Pay attention to the right size and material you choose,there are all kind of cake box in sunshine website for you to choose,feel free to contact us and make sure you have found the right product!
So now that you know all the important tips, go ahead and make your own cake,happy marriage!
Post time: Sep-19-2022