How to Stack a Two Tier Cake

How to Stack a Two Tier Cake

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Is there anything more spectacular than a two-tiered cake? Whether you’re making a gorgeous wedding cake or a fun two-tier cake for a child’s birthday, knowing how to stack it properly is critical. You’ll need a few tools, but stacking is easier than you think!

Hi! Shea is my name, and I like tiered cakes. They’re just as much fun to prepare as they are to eat and look at! Throughout my baking career, I’ve had to experiment with various stacking techniques, and I now believe I’ve got it.

If you want to make your own two-tier cake, you need know how to do it correctly. Although it is not difficult, poor stacking might result in a cake that falls over, destroying one of the most important aspects of the celebration.

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How to Stack a Two Tier Cake

How to Stack a Two Tier Cake

As I previously said, stacking a cake isn’t as difficult as it seems. The easy step-by-step directions for stacking your own cakes at home are provided here. Keep in mind that every baker has their unique stacking process, although this is the simplest.

Cook and Cool Your Cakes

The first step is to make the cakes. If you’re stacking them, one must plainly be larger than the other. Allow them to cool completely before icing when they have finished cooking. Place the frosted cake in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the frosting to set.

This is a really crucial phase. Why? Working with soft cake or frosting might be messy. Refrigerating an iced cake for a few hours can enable it to harden sufficiently to be easily maneuvered.

However, the frosted cake should not be frozen. If you freeze the cake, it will become too hard to insert the dowel rods.

Choose a Base

The next step is to decide which base to use. This is not a necessary step if you are not transporting your cake. As a basis, you can virtually use anything. If you don’t have anything on hand, try gluing together a couple cake boards.

You must be more selective while carrying your cake. The foundation must be sturdy and thick enough to hold your two-tiered cake. A sturdy cake drum will guarantee that the cake is readily transported.

Set and Prepare the Cakes

Now that your foundation is complete, you can arrange your bottom cake on top. Try to center it as much as possible. The foundation should be bigger than your cake so that you can transport it or adorn the base if required.

Then, place one of your cake boards that is the same size as the top cake on top of the bottom cake. For example, if you’re putting a 6-inch cake on top of a 10-inch cake, use a 6-inch cake board to designate the location of the top cake. If necessary, use a ruler to center it.

Then, using a toothpick, make a border around the cake board. This is required to determine where to lay the rods that will support the upper tier.

Place the Support Rods

Remove the cake board from the bottom cake once you’ve marked it. Insert a few rods (four is usually plenty) within the circled outline.

However, the rods should not be excessively lengthy. Insert the rod and make a mark on the top of the bottom cake where it meets the top of the top cake. Then, take the rod and align it with the other rods you’ll be using. Make sure they’re all the same length.

Incorporate the rods into the cake. Make careful to keep inside the circled boundary so that the rods may do their job without being apparent from the outside. Every rod must be the same length. Your cake will be lopsided otherwise. When it comes to trimming, be choosy!

If you’re transporting your cake, you’ll need to add an extra support rod to the middle. You may need to put two support rods together to do this. The rod should be about as tall as your top cake and long enough to reach the lower cake foundation.

Stack the Top Cake

It’s time to stack now that your support rods are ready! Begin by dusting a little sugar over the cake board to prevent it from sticking. (Keep in mind that your top cake should be supported by a cake board the same size as the cake.)

Then, using your angled spatula, pick up the second cake and place it on top of the poles. Take extreme caution with this last step. You want your second layer to line up exactly in the middle of the bottom cake so that it looks nice.

Here’s a terrific movie that demonstrates how to stack cakes quickly and effectively using the approach described above.


How to Stack a Two Tier Cake

See? It is not as tough as it looks to stack a two-tiered cake. Indeed, it may be one of the simplest cake techniques you discover this week. If you still have questions about how to build a two-tier cake, check out the commonly asked questions section below!

Do I need dowels for a two-tier cake?

Dowels are not required for a two-tiered cake. But I wouldn’t recommend attempting to stack two cakes without them. Dowels will provide the required support to keep the ship from collapsing or sinking. Dowels are inexpensive and will only add a few minutes to your cake stacking time, so why not?

How many dowels do I need for a 2 tier cake?

There is no correct or incorrect response since everyone has their own way of adding dowels to their two-tier cakes. If you’re not sure how many dowels to put to your cake, a basic rule of thumb is one dowel for every two inches of cake.

How do you attach a second tier to a cake?

Slide the top layer onto the bottom cake using an angled spatula. You may also pick it up and set it in the middle. If you’re carrying your two-tier cake with a long center rod, this is the superior alternative.

Do you need cake boards between tiers?

Cake boards, like dowels, aren’t strictly necessary (save for the foundation). If your cakes are lighter and smaller, you may be able to skip the cake board in between stages. Cake boards, on the other hand, will provide stability, thus I strongly advocate utilizing these.

Final Thoughts

Stacked cakes seem beautiful and sophisticated, but they are really rather easy and can now be made at home. You can effortlessly build your cakes into a two-tiered marvel with a cake base, a few boards, and dowels.

Do you bake two-tiered cakes from scratch? What is your stacking technique? Please share your ideas in the comments section so that we can all try!


Do I need dowels for a two tier cake?

If you choose, you may skip the middle dowel on two-tiered cakes. They don’t tumble as easily as tall-tiered cakes. If you’re constructing a buttercream cake, take cautious not to damage the frosting when stacking the cake. Using spatulas is one of the greatest methods to avoid ruining your icing.

Can I stack two cakes without boards?

Yes, you should utilize cake boards in between levels if you intend on stacking any hefty cake or anything more than 6″ in diameter. Even for smaller cakes, we suggest utilizing cake boards since you don’t want your cake to sink or be crooked.

How far in advance can you stack a tiered cake?

Hello and welcome to the Cake Decorators Q&A.

Can wedding cakes be piled ahead of time? Before stacking, let the icing to cure overnight. However, to avoid shattering when the dowels are pushed in, insert all of the dowels in before the icing hardens.

Do you use cake boards between tiers?

Every layer should be supported by a cake board (cardboard round or other shape), and the lowest tier should be supported by a thicker cake board. Except for the bottom cake board on which the cake is resting, no cardboard should be visible.

How many layers should a 2 tier cake have?

A two-tiered cake necessitates the use of two cakes (made of layers) of varying proportions. The traditional size is a 6′′ cake piled on top of an 8′′ cake, and it serves 40-50 people depending on how large the pieces are cut.

What can I use instead of cake dowels?

Instead of dowel rods, use straws to support your cake. They are equally supportive, and you most likely already have them at home.

Do you stack cakes upside down?

Cake Layer Stacking

Flip the top layer upside down (so that the bottom of the cake layer is on top) before adding it. By placing it cut-side down, you drastically limit the number of loose crumbs in your crumb coat and ultimate cake finish.

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