If you've made cakes for a while, you've probably run afoul of gravity at some point. Cakes spread outward as they bake, but cake decorators usually build upward as they design. Still, the sky's the limit: You can use cunning and unexpected tools to add reliable architecture into cake decorating.
The trick is to add levels of support and stability with tools like:
- Threaded pipe
- Food-grade plastics
- Cake drums (non-edible separators used between cake tiers)
- Foamcore (two sheets of white cardboard with Styrofoam in the middle)
You've seen those spectacular specialty cakes that seem to do the impossible. You know, the ones that tip or arc at offbeat angles. They look impossible, but defying gravity just takes a solid foundation -- and a good sense of balance.