2 Tiers

Newbie here… I am making my first 2 tiered cake this weekend. It’s for an outdoor party, so I wont really have access to much at the destination. I’m just wondering, do you guys usually bring them to places unstacked, or do you stack them at your house and travel stacked? Since it’s only 2 tiers, I don’t think it would be too bad to travel with them stacked, but I don’t want it to wreck on the drive either… any advice is welcomed! :)

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The Clever Little Cupcake Company (Amanda Mumbray) ...

Yes, I take a two tier stacked. Just drive carefully, with no sudden braking!

Goreti ...

You shouldn’t have any problem at all. Make sure you cut all the dowels or straws the same size so that it will support the cake properly. I like to transport my cakes well chilled.

Jenniffer White ...

This is all very good advice – I’ll only add that I use a master dowel on any of my tiered cakes, whether it’s a 2-tier or a 6-tier cake.

Rachel ...

Thanks guys! I think i’ll be using bubble tea straws, and I will cut them to the height of the top of the first tier. Thanks for the tip Cupadeecakes, I’ll probably do that too since it’s my first one… I’m so scared it’s going to fall or sink or crack or something! lol. I always transport my cakes cold too. I leave them in the fridge overnight, buy they time they’re eaten they are room temp, and delicious.

Smckinney07 ...

You should use some non skid shelving paper for the traveling. I place it under my cake box in the trunk of my car.

That extra dowel the girls mentioned above is a good idea and added comfort, I sharpen the bottom of mine with a (cake only) pencil sharpener, clean it off and drive it all the way down into the baseboard.

Fun Fiesta Cakes ...

You can travel with the tiers stacked – all of the advice above is right on… I always put a dowel through the cakes (top to bottom) to make sure the tiers don’t shift.

If the cake is going to be outdoors, you may want to make the buttercream frosting with a hi-ratio shortening/butter combination – if your frosting is made with butter only, your icing will suffer in the heat.

Rachel ...

Ok, so it went great! I didn’t put a dowel through, because i didn’t know how to get it through the cardboard that was holding up the 2nd tier. But I used a lot of straws, and I traveled with it already stacked. If I knew how to post a picture I would post one, I’m so proud of this cake! :)

I didn’t have to worry about the buttercream melting because it was sooooooo cold outside. But the party was a success and the cake got a lot of compliments.

Rachel ...

Oh, I figured out the pictures. Here is the cake I made. My first time doing 2 tiers! :)

Puppy made of fondant photo puppy.jpg

Puppy is made out of marshmallow fondant – it took me about an hour, and it was the first thing my daughter grabbed when we put the cake infront of her.

Puppy Birthday Cake photo PuppyCake.jpg

I wasn’t very impressed with how the fondant turned out on the top tier. Originally it was going to be just plain pink, but I had to put the dots on it because it was SO wrinkled. I guess it’s harder to wrap smaller cakes?? I don’t know why it was so terrible…

Goreti ...

Nice job! It looks so cute.

The Clever Little Cupcake Company (Amanda Mumbray) ...

I looks great!! I bet she was thrilled!

whitecrafty ...

You did a great job! Congratulations on your first 2 tiered cake!! Your little puppy is adorable!!

jchuck ...

So cute… Great job. Also… welcome fellow Canadian….
Glad all went well. I drive my main dowel through by tapping very hard with my meat mallet. I push dowel in the middle of the cake. Then …a big breath…. a couple of hard taps with the mallet, and you feel it go through the cake board. Then I put another dowel on top of it and using that, push it straight through to the bottom cake board. Not for the faint of heart. Never had a disaster doing this yet. I should say, before I do this, I have stabilized the bottom tier with cake straws.