How do i separate tiers using other objects, without the objects sinking through the bottom tier?

by Kaimen
(North Vernon, In, USA)

In the picture i have included, see how the bottles are holding up the second tier? i was wondering how could i do that with cans? what do i put down ontop of the bottom tier to prevent the cans sinking in, and how do i keep it stable?

From the editor:

Kaimen,

You could achieve this effect by using a variation of the standard cake dowels that normally support the top tier of a cake.

To do this:

1. Assemble each tier on a separate cardboard cake circle (store bought or cut your own).

2. Remove the top and bottom of the cans using a can opener or heavy duty shears, making sure to leave the rim intact.

3. Place the bottom tier on a cake board and secure with buttercream or royal icing.

4. Center an upturned cake pan on the cake that's the same size as the one you used to bake the top tier and trace around it with a toothpick. Place four or five cans, evenly spaced around the inner edge of the circle and wiggle them gently to secure in the frosting. If you're using fondant, secure the cans with a few dots of royal icing.

5. Cut cake dowels to the height of the bottom tier plus the height of the can. Use store bought or cut your own from 3/8" thick woooden dowel from the hardware store.

6. Place the top tier in position, centered over the cans. Since the dowels are supporting the top tier and not the cans, you won't have to worry about them sinking in.

Note: If you need to travel with the cake fully assembled, you could add a second dowel through each can by cutting cake dowels to the height of the complete cake and inserting through the cake from top to bottom in the position of each can.

Good luck.

Don't forget to come back and share your completed cake with us.

Regards,

Michelle (editor)

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