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asked June 19th 2012

Using dummy tiers

Hi folks,

I’ve been asked to create a 5 tier cake for someone who only really needs 4 tiers of cake – she has asked for the bottom cake (14 inches) to be a polystyrene dummy, with the 4 sponge tiers stacked on top.

I’ve never used a dummy at the bottom of a cake before and I’m a bit worried about how stable it will be?  I normally have a weighty and well dowelled cake at the bottom of my stack so this is something quite different for me.

Any thoughts?

Best wishes,

JC x


Cake dummies are pretty solid but if your worried you can still dowel them. Or make the dummy tier in advance and leave to firm. Just store in a cake box

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