Masonite Cake Boards

Decorating By pipe-dreams Updated 11 Sep 2011 , 2:01am by auzzi

pipe-dreams Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 12:12am
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Does anybody use these? I have only been using the cheapey cardboard cake boards. If I am doing a heavy cake, I just glue 2 together so it will hold up. Is it worth the money to buy these masonite boards? Are they actual wood?

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pipe-dreams Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 3:23am
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icer101 Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 3:38am
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never used the masonite boards. if i have a heavy tier.. i use the 1/2" foam core boards...cut them the size i need. lots of decorators use them.. i use the 3/16" for lighter tiers.. and for other size cakes.. these are sold at michaels... acmoore..etc..

giraffe11 Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 5:35am
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I am curious about the masonite boards as well. I don't think they are wood though. I think "masonite" is the name of a co-polymer.....sort of like a thick plastic or, as opposed to a tree.
I could be wrong, but that was my impression when I was reading about them

tastyart Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 5:46am
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You are right masonite is the name of the material. It is kind of like plywood(made with wood chips mixed with glue, etc.)but not as thick. I've never used them either. When I needed a big sturdy cake board I cut one out of plywood.

brandywinecakes Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 5:47am
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I'm sorry that I don't have the answer you are looking for, but I've been curious about the masonite boards as well. I have seen that a lot of people use them. Hopefully, someone will have the answers.

SharonK1973 Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 6:00am
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I have a variety of the masonite boards. But I have only used them as the cake board for the entire cake. Never used them for individual tiers. They are so heavy, plus, I wouldn't know how to cover them completely so that no side is touching the cake. Hope this helps in some way!

xstitcher Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 9:25am
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I just bought some recently and yes they are sort of like plywood. I thought about buying some masonite or plywood from the hardware store and making it myself but I really didn't want to have to cut and sand them down and hope that I made a good circle icon_lol.gif .
I have only used it as the bottom cake board so far as I have not made a tiered cake since I got them last month but I have read on here that others have used it.

Foamcore also works really well for both the bottom cake board and to use between tiers but since I just bake for the family and I hate cutting out circles (did I mention I can't cut out a really good circle icon_lol.gif ) I think it will work out really well for me (and it's re-useable). I will still probably use the foamcore if I decide to do a tiered cake but for one tiered cakes this is what I will be using from now on.

Bunsen Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 9:55am
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I only ever use masonite boards. I usually make dense mud cakes and cover/fill with ganache before covering with fondant; they are heavy cakes and I wouldn't trust cardboard - especially for tiered cakes where I use dowel as supports. Also they act as a guide when covering with the ganache so I get a perfect finish (thanks to the course I did at Planet Cake for that tip!)

If you break one open (no easy task!) they are like a very very dense cardboard so I think they are made from wood pulp and glue. They come ready covered (at least the ones I buy in Australia do) so you don't need to worry about covering to make them food safe.


jouj Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 10:32am
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I use masonite boards for heavy cakes, styrofoam boards don't seem to be enough. For me, they're worth the price, but it's hard to cut to size. Last month, my husband got me a few pieces from a carpenter, he cut them the exact size I needed. They're not all wood, but they surely do contain some wood, and they're sturdy.

mclaren Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 11:02am
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anyone care to paste pictures of masonite & foamcore?

i used some sort of board all the time, but i don't know what they are called.

mclaren Posted 3 Mar 2009 , 11:05am
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anyone care to paste pictures of masonite & foamcore?

i used some sort of board all the time, but i don't know what they are called.

brandywinecakes Posted 4 Mar 2009 , 1:36am
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I wasn't sure what a masonite board looked like (or was made of), so I asked my husband about it and he told me that a clipboard is made out of masonite. So, that gave me a visual. HTH someone.

pipe-dreams Posted 4 Mar 2009 , 1:50am
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Oh, a clipboard..okay that helps=)..Thank you all for your help. I might buy a big square one just to see, they're not that bad priced. Try one and if I love it get more icon_lol.gif

SugarFrosted Posted 4 Mar 2009 , 2:35am
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Usually my husband cuts plywood boards for me, but in the past couple of years I have purchased a few masonite boards. And they do very very well. Since I began decorating cakes, I have tried to be as "green" as possible to do my part in saving our children having to deal with our trash. So when I present a cake to a client, I use plastic cake boxes and masonite or plywood cakeboards covered in white contact and then foil. My clients always return my boxes and boards. Some of my plywood boards have been in use for 15 years or more. I expect the masonite boards to be just as reliable.

Walkinmomma Posted 10 Sep 2011 , 4:30pm
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I have just bought some masonite boards and want to seal them to prevent staining. Pink Cake Box uses them and they look sealed. Any suggestions on what is food-safe?

auzzi Posted 11 Sep 2011 , 2:01am
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Masonite is compressed fibre board that has been around for nearly 100 years.

No resins, formaldehyde-based or other, are used to bind the fibers in the Masonite.

Plywood uses either urea-formaldehyde or phenol-formaldehyde glue to stick the layers of together.

Particle board or chipboard uses urea-formaldehyde or Phenol formaldehyde resin, urea melamine resin, or a mixture of both ..

MDF use urea-formaldehyde resin mostly ..

To cover masonite, do the top first [Round]
1. cut the paper 1/2 inch larger than the circle
2. spread glue lightly over the board
3. centre the paper and press outwards [no bubbles!]
4. flip it over to expose underneath
5. snip paper up to the board edge every 1/2" or so
6. spread glue in a ring around the edge and press the snipped paper down
7. trace a circle of paper slightly smaller than the board
8. spread glue lightly over the board leaving a slight margin to account for the fact the paper is slightly smaller
9. centre the paper and press outwards [no bubbles!]

Now the masonite board is completely covered - squares and any other shapes are don exactly the same way.

As for sealing ?

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