how to build a vertical cake

by JEK
(W Palm Beach)

What is the best way to build a vertical cake? Tall and thin, as in sky scrapers; so that it will be free standing with out falling?

From the editor:

Hi,

To build a cake that's tall and thin, there are two approaches:

1. Just treat it like any other layered cake, only with more structural support.

Every third layer, add a cardboard cake circle and cake dowels. When you have the cake as tall as you would like, add one long cake dowel that goes all the way through the center of the cake. You'll need to hammer it through all the cake circles and into the cake board itself, if you're using a Styrofoam or cardboard cake board.

2. Build the bottom half of the skyscraper from cake and the top half from Rice Krispies. This will give you a lighter finished cake that's more transportable and it's a great approach of you want a large cake but you don't need as many servings as that will produce. Make sure to add cake dowels and cardboard cake circles every third layer on the bottom half.

Check out this Spiderman cake for instructions on molding with Rice Krispies.

Good luck and don't forget to take lots of pictures so you can come back here and share your cake masterpiece with us.

Regards,
Michelle (editor)

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