Stacking a cake

by Janet Izaguirre

I made a cake for my daughters birthday which she wanted tiered in 3 different neon colors. I have never stacked cakes before and I had a really hard time doing so without messing up the nice buttercream frosting that I had just smoothed out on each of the cakes that I stacked! Can you please give me some tips or instructions on how a cake should be stacked.

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Nov 07, 2009
Stacking tiers
by: Michelle

Hi Janet,

Here are several tricks for stacking cake tiers:

1. place each tier on a separate cardboard cake round. This makes for easier handling while assembling the finished cake.

2. to place a tier, use an offset spatula to support one side of the cake round and your hand to support the other side. Tilt the tier slightly, placing the edge of the cake round where you need it. Make sure it's centered, and begin to lowering it into place. Remove your hand first and then using the spatula for support, remove it last right as the two tiers are about to touch. It takes a little practice, but soon you'll be an expert.

Good luck.

Michelle (editor)

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