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When I started stacking cakes, YouTube wasn’t even BORN yet so I had to work it out for myself. Lucky for you, I’ve already made all of the mistakes so that you don’t have to! Here is the best way I know how to stack tiered cakes, for a super-sturdy, transportable, level cakestravaganza! #cupcakejemmabakes #stackedcakes

Check below for handy links…

You will need…
-2 or 3 cakes which you have levelled, filled, crumb coated, final coated and chilled for an hour or so (I did 6″, 8″ and 10″)
-Biggest tier, iced directly onto a cake drum
-Smaller tiers, iced directly onto thin, hole-punched cake boards of the same diameter and then stuck on (with buttercream) to slightly bigger cake drum, for easy carrying
-Buttercream in the same colour as your tiers
-Royal icing, made fairly stiff consistency
-long thin and thick plastic or wooden dowels/supports/pillars/thick straws
-secateurs or very strong scissors
sharp knife or hole-punch for…er…hole punching
-greaseproof paper and scissors
– palette knife
-soft round paint brush
-paper towel
-piping bags
-white chocolate (coloured if you like) for dripping


MADEIRA CAKE – (if you want to make a 6-8-10″ cake like I did, use the same measurements for the 8″, then double up to make a 6″ and 10″ from the same batch)

BUTTERCREAM – (Make 4-5 times the amount to fill, crumb coat and decorate a 3-tier cake of this size)



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  1. Jennifer Garland says:

    Love watching you Jemma! Your tutorials are so informative, easy to follow and FUN! THANK YOU!!!!!! You are my go to!!!!

  2. chrissi branson says:

    I have a quick question could you do a how to on stacking a 3 tier Hexagon cake. All layers are hexagon and covered in coloured fondant icing

  3. Jennie Parkin says:

    If you are putting something quite heavy on the top ie fondant tractor, would you suggest i do anything else to support it?

  4. الخطوات الملكية says:

    I love you so much. You are without knowing you help me a lot .. I am thinking that I open my home project for cakes and sweets and I derive ways and ideas from you .. Thank you Thank you

  5. Orlaneisha Anderson says:

    I really enjoy the cake love🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰💞💞💞💞💖💖❤❤💄💄😍😍

  6. gracia belucci says:

    Hi miss jemma, may i know what kind of frosting did you use in your cake? Please?? Thank you 😊

  7. surlenda hardwick says:

    I like the idea of less dowels. Some charts say add one for every inch. You just use big ones and one in the center

  8. Ruth Burrows-Kerr says:

    Would you use a centre dowel for a 2 tier cake as well? Or just for 3 and above?! Thanks

  9. Raksta Shakya says:

    How to do a vegan wedding cake tier

  10. Jan Footer says:

    Hi Gemma. Loved the video. One question can I build my cake the day before the wedding.? Or do you assemble day of wedding? Any advice would be appreciated

  11. Brian D'souza says:

    How come the buttercream is not coming onto your fingers? It's as good as fondant!

  12. Brian D'souza says:

    Doesn't the below cake icing get damaged?

  13. Ahmed Taha says:

    u r amazing <3

  14. Razib Islam says:

    Please tell me are those three straws are level of cake or a bit higher than cake?

  15. Summaiya Ali says:

    We get wooden dowels available in our area, so should I place them the same way like you placed the Boba straws

  16. Alannah K says:

    What cake decorating website do you use because I struggle to find one that has good quality items, thanks so much!

  17. Debra L Adams says:

    I always wondered how you "center" your stacked cakes! Now, I know! Thank you.

  18. Noshaba Rauf says:

    Where can I buy cake toppings from?

  19. Desiree Dsouza says:

    Always love your tutorials….I was just wondering… while removing the stacks….doesn't the icing of the bottom layer get ripped off?? I'd love for you to reply as this is my only fear of stacking up buttercream cakes

  20. Celine Brock says:

    Beautiful cake

  21. faith igodo says:

    Any website to buy the large dowel tubes

  22. Meghna Kakodker says:

    Where can I get these thin cake boards.

  23. Asmita Bapat says:

    Where can I get these thin cake boards. Please can you share the link!

  24. Udaya Manikkaratnam says:

    Hi jeema I am watching your videos and very useful information about the cake decorator, also I loved to watch thank you .

  25. Sabina K says:

    That cake looks amazing….love love love the pastel colours. Was hoping you cut a slice 🤣

  26. Caitlin Shileika says:

    how many layers are the cakes? and what size are they?

  27. Olubunmi Adu says:

    Thanks for sharing have learnt some new things. I quite appreciate.

  28. stephanie verzola says:

    Love it! That's Amazing. Where do you get the really thin cake boards. Thanks

  29. Baroy Vlogs says:

    I wanna have your apron Jemma!!! Please!!!

  30. rebecca truitt says:

    Thank u!!

  31. ida MbourouLarsen says:

    Please it’s butter or fondant ?

  32. Chef Moon says:

    Love this video!!! Where can I purchase the hole puncher?

  33. Lauren Lacey says:

    How far in advance can you stack?

  34. danielle braghirol says:

    Can you use wood or bamboo dowels? Will it work as well?

  35. B l u e B e r r y's says:


  36. Mary Catherine Bailey says:

    What a great video! I have been asked to bake a three tiered cake for my granddaughter and I'm banking on what I have learned today. She requested sprinkles, so I plan to throw them on the lower fourth of each tier. Should I apply the sprinkles before assembly or just before serving? I am afraid the sprinkle colors will run if the cake is kept in the refrigerator the night before the party.

  37. Pineapple_Vib3Z says:

    I'm watching this video because for a lot of birthdays people buy cakes but I want to make my and I want it to be 3 tiers and for it to be tres leches

  38. Growing with Cassandra says:

    Thank you so much! I learned so much ☺️

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