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asked August 11th 2012

Fruit cake depth

I need to put to fruit cakes together to get the height I need for top tier of wedding cake. I will stick together with jam then dowell. As its the top tier should I make the dowells a few cms below the top of the cake and how many should I put in.

Thanks for any help your all so amazing and helpful x

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I need to put to fruit cakes together to get the height I need for top tier of wedding cake. I will stick together with jam then dowell. As its the top tier should I make the dowells a few cms below the top of the cake and how many should I put in.

Thanks for any help your all so amazing and helpful x

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Hi jb

Since your last post (July28) I have asked several people how they would stack fruit cakes to make them taller. Here are a couple of ways, although not tried and tested by me.

1)  Turn the first cake over so the flat side is up, fill any gaps between the cake and board with either fondant or marzipan. Use a thin layer of marzipan to cover and then a thin layer of fondant.

2) Do the same with the second cake, making sure all marzipan and fondant layers are thin.

3) Place outer dowels into the first cake, put dollops of royal icing onto the dowels and place on the second cake (which should be on it’s own thin card) then drive one long dowel through the centre to secure both cakes together, cover the entry point of the long dowel with a small disc of fondant and smooth it out as much as you can.

4) Roll out fondant large enough to cover both cakes together and finish off in the normal way.

Method 2

Do exactly the same as above, except this time don’t dowel the first cake, just stick the second cake to the first with a good amount of royal icing and secure both with one long dowel. Finish of as above.

Hope this helps.