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Acrylic Riser Cake Tutorial

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

So, this tutorial is pretty special to me, because this is a project I went in on absolutely from scratch.

I was not able to find any type of reference on how to pull this off, so needless to say, it caused me plenty of stress over the course of about 4 months prior to the wedding.

So, the bride came to me with a photo of a beautiful square cake where the tiers were separated with clear, square risers. Well, I thought "OK" if they can do it, sure I can do it! I initially went straight to the acrylic option. The problem I didn't expect to run into was apparently, cylindrical shaped acrylic ONLY comes 1/8 of an inch thick, while square risers have the ability to be much thicker. Oh, also the sizes I needed had to be custom made. -_-

The first thing I had to decide on was what material to use. I went back and forth between glass and acrylic, because I wanted to make sure this was a sturdy as possible, given that it would be holding up 3 tiers of cake in all. I also wasn't sure if it needed to be open on one side, or if I needed it to have some sort of replaceable lid in order to set the cake tiers on top of it.

Of course, these custom cut displays came with a pretty hefty price tag, but since I already gave the bride my guarantee, I had to get this done my any means necessary! We were nearing the wedding day very quickly, and after going back and forth about measurements and cost, I had to make a decision. 1/8 of an inch thick just had to work!

A few weeks later the risers arrived. I went ahead and tested putting weight on them and they seemed to hold up pretty well. The sizes I purchased were 12" x 4", and 8" x 4".

Note: The company I used was shopPOPdisplays. They were great to work with and everything came quickly and well packaged!

It wasn't until a week before the wedding that I came up with an amazing plan, that would calm my nerves about stability, and actually helped with the flower arrangement.

I decided to shave down a Styrofoam dummy tier (this one was 4" for my 8" hollow riser) so that the riser would sit flush on the Styrofoam dummy. This allowed for lots of space to arrange the flowers a