How to Build a Square Offset for Wedding Cakes

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How to Build a Square Offset for Wedding Cakes
Break away from the traditional wedding cake style with offset layers. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

With wedding cake design becoming increasingly daring, many brides seek a modern look of offset square layers instead of squarely set layers. Though this design may look haphazard and insecure, the underlying technique is not much different from a traditional cake, and the result is amazing. Cake layers are stacked and attached before decorating after a base layer of frosting has hardened.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Plastic dowel rods, 4 per tier
  • Cake tier cardboard squares, in tier sizes
  • Frost cement
  • Extra-long wooden dowel
  • Mallet

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  1. 1

    Cut the dowel rods to be level with the top of each cake layer.

  2. 2

    Place the cardboard square on top of the first tier of cake in the placement you want for the second tier of cake.

  3. 3

    Position the dowels so that they are 1/2 inch in from the four corners of the tier, once you know where you wish the cardboard offset to be placed. Remove the cardboard offset and place the dowels through the first layer of cake.

  4. 4

    Place some frosting cement on top of the dowels and position the cardboard back into place.

  5. 5

    Place the second tier of cake onto the cardboard, making sure that it lines up exactly with the cardboard.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 1 through 5 with each successive cake tier.

  7. 7

    Sharpen the end of a wooden dowel to a point for passing through the tiers. Position the extra-long wooden dowel in the centre of the cake and drive it down to the cake's bottom, using the mallet, gently pressing through the cardboard layers. This dowel will stabilise the cake for transport.

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