Building a Tiered Cake (See our YouTube Video on Stacking a Tiered/Wedding Cake)
We do not recommend using dowel rods in a wedding cake (except for tiers stacked one on top of another). We have listed the several methods of stacking cakes below that are less likely to cause problems for the cake decorator.
There are no shortcuts when it comes to building a tiered cake. Remember, the same principles an architect follows when creating a skyscraper should be followed on your cake. The proper supports, such as cake circles/boards and separator plates, must be used in the right places in order to prevent the whole structure from toppling over.
In this section we´ll show you construction methods that apply to most tiered cakes. Don´t let the prospect of building a towering group of tiers intimidate you. If you do a dry run of the structure, and follow the construction steps faithfully, you will feel confident that your cake will stand securely on the wedding day. Adding fountains and stairways to your cake is also no problem—see our step-by-step instructions for the best ways to install and decorate them.
You can find out more by selecting one of the construction methods listed below: