Wilton Dowel Rods perform a simple but necessary function inserted into the lower tiers of a cake they bear the weight of the tiers above when two or more tiers are resting directly atop one another (without the use of pillars) or of a heavy cake topper or ornament. Without dowel rods tiered cakes would collapse the lower tiers being crushed under the weight of the upper tiers. These heavy duty hollow plastic dowels provide strong sanitary support for all tiered cakes. Wider in diameter than wood dowel rods they offer greater stability and more support per dowel rod therefore fewer rods need to be used. Cut to the desired length with a serrated knife.