Dowels are the main support system used to stack cakes. The number of dowels you use will depend on how heavy the cake above is. The weight of higher tiers should also be taken into account when you are working with more than two tiers.Dowels should be placed in all tiers aside from the topmost tier. The dowels should be hidden under the top tier and should not be visible from outside the cake. In order to achieve this fit, place a cake board or pan the size of the top tier on the bottom tier, making sure it is in the middle of the cake. Use a toothpick to make tiny holes all around the board or pan. This will give you a parameter within which to place the dowels.Use that same dowel to measure the height of all the other dowels you will use. Mark the other dowels with edible color marker and cut them with a sharp knife. Do not cut the dowels according to the height of each side of the cake. The cake tier might be uneven and using several sides of the cake to measure the height of each dowel might lead to a tilted top tier.
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