I am making my first Wedding Cake for my Niece in early August. It will be a fondant covered 12 9 6 cake. This site is such a wonderful source of information and I have learned so much already but I am wondering what everyone uses for their cake base. Are those 1/2 in. silver cake bases from Wilton really strong enough or do you build your own? I just made myself a 12 in. 4 1/2 in. high fondant covered [ Michele Foster's] Mothers Day cake for practice and it weighed a ton!
Look at the silver cake plateaus at cakesbysam.com, or rent one.
I make my own cardboard drums, either 3 or 4 layers thick. It's plenty strong, you just have to make sure and alternate the directions of the corrugated lines to maximize its strength. Just tape the cardboard rounds together and wrap with foil. Here's how it looks:
Also, Lowe's sells a round wooden base for about $10.00 that I will use if I'm sure I'm going to get it back. Here's an example:
I like that wooden base kellym, I think Hobby Lobby has something like that with feet. I love that pink or peach cake too.
Yup, lowe's wood bases. Circles come in sizes like 12", 16", 18" lower and higher. Cover with fondant (cover with plastic wrap first). Then wrap with (my ribbon of choice) grosgrain 7/8" ribbon. (boards are 3/4"). Love it.