I am sure I am using the wrong boards for my cakes. I use the Wilton drum boards but when I made this cake and when I delivered the board started to bow and I had to make sure I held it in center and not the edges. And when the edges were bowing one of the stripes on the bottom tier started to crack I guess because it was being pushed up. The cake was very heavy.
What kind of boards should I use when it is such a heavy cake??
i know some use plywood and cover that. definitely supporting from the center is a must i think. if you can find it gator board is another option
I've never had a problem with cake drums... even with 6-10-14 wedding cakes. Some people like to cut foamcore boards themselves, but I have trouble cutting them in a nice round circle. You could always try masonite boards... they are a bit sturdier (available online). Or have a friend or relative cut plywood or MDF boards for you.
I put my cakes on drums and then on top of masonite boards. I do all of my work like that, deliver it. Slide it off the masonite board onto the table and take my board back with me. It's more stable and less costly.
I have just started using masonite boards 1/4 in thick. I go to the local lumber store and have them cut them up for about 2 bucks a board and they work great. Then just cover them and make sure you get them back and reuse them.
Ive had the same problems with the stripes on cakes so now i cut them and 1/4 of an inch or a little more so that they dont go to the bottom of the cake for the same reason. the cake settles or the drum doesnt hold well and that will happen sometiems
Thank you so much for the quick response. I use the masonite boards for my square cake and they work great. I will have to order some round ones.
anything over 2 tiers I use plywood bases.. for the 2 tiers I use the foam board