What To Use For 1/2 Sheet Cake Boards?

Decorating By chellebell70 Updated 29 Jul 2008 , 12:48am by chellebell70

chellebell70 Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 4:45am
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This may be a stupid question but....What do you ladies (and gentlemen) use for boards for 1/2 sheet (12 x 1icon_cool.gif? I'm getting tired of cutting cardboard that just sometimes is not strong enough. If I buy them I usually have to use like 3 put together to make them strong enough and that's just a waste of $.
What kind of "wood" type do you use that might be cut to size, covered and reused?

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xstitcher Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 4:52am
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I've never had the need to use any yet as I have only done a few cakes and none that required anything for that big or heavy of a cake but from what I have read hear on CC is that a board made of masonite is very heavy duty and will last for a long time.

I've also read that foam core works well but I think you mentioned you were looking for something more permanent.


SugarFrosted Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 4:54am
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My DH cuts 3/8" or 1/2" plywood for me for my quarter sheet and half sheet cakes. He sands the edges too. I cover the whole board with white Contact, sealing any edges on the bottom with wide packing tape. Then I use foil to cover the board and that blue masking tape that comes off easily. I use Rubbermaid storage boxes flipped upside down for my quarter and half sheet cakes. My clients always return my boxes and boards. Editted to add: Masonite works well too!

danijus Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 4:12pm
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I also have my husband cut plywood. I then cover in contact paper and then plastic wrap. Then you can decorate it any way you like, I usually put fondant. I also use 1/2 inch foam core so I don't have to worry about getting my board back.

Chef_Stef Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 6:40pm
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logicpic.com is where I get all my cake boards, separator plates, and support stuff. LOVE that place.

pottedmeatchunks Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 7:21pm
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If I need a sturdy cakeboard I cut it using my jigsaw from 1/2 inch MDF. You dont even need your husband's help, it's super easy and MDF is crazy cheap!

foxymomma521 Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 7:40pm
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What's MDF?

jamhays Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 7:48pm
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MDF stands for "medium density fiberboard" or something like that. It's like super dense particle board that's really thick. You can get it at Home Depot or Lowes over w/the lumber.

grama_j Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 7:59pm
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I use the styrofoam sheets and cut them to any size I want...... I usually get them from E-Bay, and I do ask for them back.... Only lost one so far, and it is because I forgot to ask for it back from a niece of mine.


SugarBakerz Posted 26 Jul 2008 , 7:59pm
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great idea on the upside down rubbermaid boxes....

chellebell70 Posted 29 Jul 2008 , 12:48am
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Thanks everybody...great tips!

chellebell70 Posted 29 Jul 2008 , 12:48am
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Thanks everybody...great tips!

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