- Place your base cake (the largest) on the largest cake board or cake base. Remember to 'glue' it by adding a dollop of butter cream or frosting.
- Place the other tiers on cake boards of the same diameter size. The reason lies in that we don't want these boards to show.
- On top of the large cake (first tier) mark the diameter of the cake you are going to place on top (second tier). Within this diameter imagine the position of the dowel rods as a triangle or a square ( 3 dowel rods if the second tier is not too big, 4 dowel rods if it is a big one).
- Take a dowel rod (these are sold in cake supply stores and are FDA approved), and poke it into the base cake until it touches the base. Mark the height of the cake. remove rod and cut where you marked earlier. Repeat with the rest of the dowel rods you'll be using for the base cake.
- Place dowel rods in base cake with a gap of 2-3 inches apart (remember they should be within the diameter of next cake tier.
- Repeat the process for all tiers except the last one.
- Stack up the cakes on one another.
- Decorate your cake!
There are many pillar sets out there. Here is a quick link to Cake Pillars.
These sets come with their separator plates and pillars.
- Start by placing your base cake on its cake base.
- Identify next separator plate size and press gently on top of the center of base cake to mark the place for the pillars (don't press too hard so you don't spoil the icing on the cake).
- Place tier cakes on their separator plates (with their respective size).
- On the base cake that you have marked for pillars, poke each pillar until you can feel them touching the cake board. Tip: The pillars are normally hollow and I haven't had any problems with having stable cakes, however if you feel tha your cake is not stable enough, you can poke dowel rods at the center of the hollow pillars for extra stability.
- Place second tier cake on top of the pillars by securing its separator plate to the pillars from base cake.
- Repeat the process for all tiers, except the top most.