WARNING: “For the Grown and Cake Lovers Only”
Excuse me honey, but can I use your wood to hold my cake steady? It is cool, you do not need to know what to do. I got it or I can teach you all that you need to know. I need your wood straight down the center of this cake. Dowel the cake to keep it from caving in on its self and keep it sturdy.
First, you need to coat this cake with as much as buttercream as the cake can handle. Let it settle for at least 24 hours; to reduce the risk of your cake shifting. You do not want this cake to slide anywhere.
Level this cake please! Gently, lay it down on the board, so that it is level on all sides. We do not want any of that buttercream on the floor. Buttercream is best when you put it where it is made to go… on my cake! I want every damn drop. Cover this cake completely, leaving nothing uncovered.
The cake is ready to be probed with your wood. This must be done with the gentlest of hands and perfectly executed. You will have to fill this cake fill your wood several times depending on the size and shape of the cake. This cake will need a wood per every 2 inches of cake. This is not no quick wooding, you’ll have to go several rounds to secure this cake! I hope you are up for the task. Use the upper tier as a guide to determine wood placement.
Can you level this cake and make is secure? Your wood should be the same height as the cake, insert it into the cake going down to the cake card, mark the height of your wood with a food safe pen, taking the wood out and cut it to size. Use that wood as a guide and cut the other dowels at the same height for that tier. Push the wood firmly into the cake, do not be scared. That is what the cake is made for. If you managed to get the cake leveled your wood will sit flush with the buttercream. If not, you will find one or two are slightly higher above the buttercream. This should not be a problem as long as you cut all of your wood to the same height. Repeat this as needed before assembling the cake.
Now, stack this cake and eat it! Use a cake drum for the base to support the weight of the top tier(s). This cake is going to be heavy so it needs a sturdy foundation. “Glue” the tiers to the board with some royal icing, by applying it to the base and place the base tier in the center of the board. Use those gently perfect hands to ensure the cake is centered, adjustments may be required. Stack this cake! Secure all the cakes together and make sure they will not slide off take a long thick wooden dowel (just a little bit shorter than the total cake height) sharpen one end of the wood and with a help of a hammer carefully drill it in all the layers of the cake until it reaches the cake drum. Cover the hole you just made with some icing or decorations. Allow the cake some recovery (rest) time for a few hours before decorating. You did just dowel the cake with your wood!
Here are some quick tips to remember:
- You cake should be properly dowelled individually.
- Use icing as glue, between tiers to ensure they don’t move.
- Also make sure your cake is leveled.
- Your wood should ALL be the same height.
- Chill your cake, before stacking your buttercream cake. It is must easier to work with hard but soft icing.
These are only tips to help ease the task of dowelling your cake. It is always best to use more wood in your cake rather than less!!
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