Cake base

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    Akos Well-Known Member

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    Hello fellow bakers. Question please. What should be the inch difference of the cake and cake base/drum of 2 or more tiered wedding cakes and also a single tier of a birthday cake? Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
     
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    Norcalbaker59 Well-Known Member

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    Hello @Akos,
    The size difference can be whatever you choose. There are no rules for it. You choose based on the aesthetic you want to achieve. If you’re going to cover the base of the cake with large flowers you may want a cake drum that’s 3 inches larger than the bottom tier 2 ensure you have a place to place the flowers.

    If you have a very distinctive elaborate design on the bottom tier of the cake you may want to go with a cake a drum that only 1 1/2” larger than the tier so as not to distract from the cake.

    Just for clarification, when you say cake base/drum, I assume you are referring to the decorative 1/2” thick board that the entire cake sits on, and not the cardboard round under the cake tier.

    The cake circle under each cake tier needs to be the exact size of the tier. If it is smaller even buy a quarter of an inch you’re going to have problems. The weight of the cake will cause the unsupported edges to droop. If the cake circle is too small, the edge might droop so much that the cake may actually crack. Also went dismantling the cake for slicing, if the upper tier underedge is exposed, it will fuse into the icing on the lower tier; that will make it very difficult to separate the tiers.
     
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    Akos Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the explanation. Yes, I meant the 1/2 inch thick board that the cake sit on. Thanks you again.
     
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