The Great Cake Board Mystery

Decorating By isabow2 Updated 13 Mar 2009 , 5:24am by littlecake

isabow2 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 2:37pm
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Where do you get decent cake boards from? I've seen them for sale @ my local Walmart & Hobby Lobby in the cake decorating section, but they look so thin & flimsy & I wonder if they would hold up a 3 tiered cake. I've seen other cake boards on CC that are thicker, but can't find those. So what's the secret? Share!! icon_biggrin.gif

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skaggs1 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 2:57pm
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I made most of mine out of wood so they would hold the weight of the cakes. Just cover them however you want your look to be.

isabow2 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:10pm
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That's a great idea. Can you cover them in whatever you want like wrapping paper or shelf paper, or do you have to use plastic wrap, parchment paper/wax paper or fondant?

skaggs1 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:16pm
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I have used cake foil, wrapping paper, material, I have never tryed fondant but I would think it would be okay! HTH

kakeladi Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:19pm
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It is not the cake boards - just as it is not the cake - that hold up your tiered cakes - it's the support system used.

dreamn900 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:19pm
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Some people use foamcore boards, which may be some of the thicker boards you see. They can be found online or at craft stores.

MacsMom Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:25pm
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I use foam core boards. So does Duff, Colette, Lindy, ...

They are easy to cut any shape you need and easy to hammer dowels through. I glue 2 or 3 together for a sturdier base, place the crumbcoated cake on top, cover the cake in fondant, then cover the surrounding edges of the foam core in fondant.

Someone may jump in and talk about whether it's food safe or not, but if Colette Peters and Lindy Smith instruct to use it in their books, even saying that you can find it in the craft aisle, then I'm not worried.

BakingGirl Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:26pm
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I use foam core boards which I buy in my office supply store. I cut them down to the size I need with a craft knife, I use the 1/4" thickness which I usually double up for bigger cakes. I cover the board in aluminum foil which I tape down, and then cover the board in either thinned down RI or fondant. When the cake is done the foil can be peeled off and the board can be reused.

isabow2 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:31pm
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I use foam core boards which I buy in my office supply store. I cut them down to the size I need with a craft knife, I use the 1/4" thickness which I usually double up for bigger cakes. I cover the board in aluminum foil which I tape down, and then cover the board in either thinned down RI or fondant. When the cake is done the foil can be peeled off and the board can be reused.




Ahh, I definitely like the reusable idea. Trying to save $$ wherever I can! icon_biggrin.gif

isabow2 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:34pm
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Originally Posted by kakeladi

It is not the cake boards - just as it is not the cake - that hold up your tiered cakes - it's the support system used.




Sorry I didn't mean hold up literally. I've read about the different support system options. I just was worried that once your cake was finished (support in place & all) that those cake boards (at HL & Walmart) are no thicker than a copy paper box & they would buckle under the weight.

calynmom Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:44pm
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I use foam core boards from Walmart so that I can cut them to a specific size. Mainly I use masonite boards. I get them from country kitchen sweet art. I write my name and number on the masonite boards and customers have always returned them to me.

BakingGirl Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:46pm
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You are right to be concerned about the board at the bottom of the cake too. It has to be stiff and strong enough to be picked up. If not the cake could crack, despite being supported by internal support. Foam board is strong but lightweight, which is why I like it. I don't want to add any extra weight to the cake by using a heavy board, the cakes are often heavy to pick up as it is.

2txmedics Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 3:52pm
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I was using scrap plywood from Home Depot...I would just have them cut it for me to the size I need. Then I went back to the scrap department and found Luan boards...I spent like 5.61 and ended up with 10 boards different sizes.

I then cover it in foil paper, and then cover it in whatever decorated safe paper for my cakes. easy to store also as there so thin but strong.

sweet1122 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 4:04pm
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This has been really bugging me lately. I'm trying be as cost effective as possible. I just about an hour ago found this on Amazon. WAY cheaper than th e$1 a board I've been buying. And they have a 4 for 3 promotion, so I got a ML cake pan free too!

I like to use cake boards and double up. The foamcore is fine, but I don't see it being any cheaper or better necessarily than doubling or tripling up on cake boards. So, that's my preference. Sometimes I've been lucky to get the board back so I can just rewrap and reuse, but sometimes not.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-alias=garden&field-brandtextbin=Cps%2C%20Inc

MacsMom Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 4:28pm
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Originally Posted by sweet1122

This has been really bugging me lately. I'm trying be as cost effective as possible. I just about an hour ago found this on Amazon. WAY cheaper than th e$1 a board I've been buying. And they have a 4 for 3 promotion, so I got a ML cake pan free too!

I like to use cake boards and double up. The foamcore is fine, but I don't see it being any cheaper or better necessarily than doubling or tripling up on cake boards. So, that's my preference. Sometimes I've been lucky to get the board back so I can just rewrap and reuse, but sometimes not.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-alias=garden&field-brandtextbin=Cps%2C%20Inc




Umm.. but I can cut 4 to 6 circles out of sheets of $1 foam core board.

strawberrygirl Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 6:40pm
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Where at Walmart (what department) do you find the foamcore in? I have never seen it and have really wanted to start using it. I was at my local craft store and heard the guy that frames pictures tell a customer something about some foamboard the other day and went to look at what he showed the other customer and it was extremly thin. I didn't buy any because I figured it was either the wrong thing or maybe it came in diffrent thicknesses. Also, if I ever find it, how do you cut it? I have used wood bases before but then I had to take it to my parents' house out of town to get my dad to cut it and that is a pain. My Home Depot will cut wood if I need square or rectangle pieces (not willingly) but they won't cut circles.

MacsMom Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 6:59pm
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Where at Walmart (what department) do you find the foamcore in? I have never seen it and have really wanted to start using it. I was at my local craft store and heard the guy that frames pictures tell a customer something about some foamboard the other day and went to look at what he showed the other customer and it was extremly thin. I didn't buy any because I figured it was either the wrong thing or maybe it came in diffrent thicknesses. Also, if I ever find it, how do you cut it? I have used wood bases before but then I had to take it to my parents' house out of town to get my dad to cut it and that is a pain. My Home Depot will cut wood if I need square or rectangle pieces (not willingly) but they won't cut circles.




My mom bought me cheap foam core at Wal Mart once. It wasn't Elmer's brand and didn't have a hard, shiny surface - it was too porous. I could only use it as a bottom piece glued to the Elmer's brand.

sweet1122 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:03pm
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Umm.. but I can cut 4 to 6 circles out of sheets of $1 foam core board/




Wow! Um, 1st, I didn't pay $1 for my foam core. 2nd I couldn't cut 4 to 6 circles out of it. Well, depdends on the size... But Closer to $3 is what I paid... At WalMart. Guess our market is much higher! I did manage to cut a 14 inch and I think a 6 inch. Maybe 2 6 inches with the 14 inch. But that's it. And for what I paid, that was high. Plus the work involved in the cutting for paying that. But for $1 I'd reconsider...[/quote]

aliciababcock Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:22pm
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I get my foamcore at the Dollar Tree and can get several pieces out of it.

juleebug Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:28pm
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Where at Walmart (what department) do you find the foamcore in?




At my W-Mart, it is in the school/office supplies section.

weirkd Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:40pm
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Ive used foamcore board for some cakes but I like the mf board that you get in Home Depot. I just feel its more secure than foamcore board is. Especially if your cakes are moist. I also like using cake drums. You can make your own or buy them. It just gives a cake some extra oompf when you have it about an extra two inches bigger than the bottom tier. Then a mf board under that. I usually cover mine all in fondant or sometimes will use the decorative foils I have. But especially for wedding cakes, I like the added look of the drum!

isabow2 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:44pm
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Ive used foamcore board for some cakes but I like the mf board that you get in Home Depot. I just feel its more secure than foamcore board is. Especially if your cakes are moist. I also like using cake drums. You can make your own or buy them. It just gives a cake some extra oompf when you have it about an extra two inches bigger than the bottom tier. Then a mf board under that. I usually cover mine all in fondant or sometimes will use the decorative foils I have. But especially for wedding cakes, I like the added look of the drum!




What are mf boards? Also where do you get cake boards & how much do they cost?

strawberrygirl Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 7:46pm
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Originally Posted by weirkd

Ive used foamcore board for some cakes but I like the mf board that you get in Home Depot. I just feel its more secure than foamcore board is. Especially if your cakes are moist. I also like using cake drums. You can make your own or buy them. It just gives a cake some extra oompf when you have it about an extra two inches bigger than the bottom tier. Then a mf board under that. I usually cover mine all in fondant or sometimes will use the decorative foils I have. But especially for wedding cakes, I like the added look of the drum!


Ok, here goes my stupidity again. What is a drum? I've seen where I can order some but how do I make them. I think they look really nice under wedding cakes but have no idea what they are. Any help appreciated.

BCo Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 8:03pm
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Originally Posted by sweet1122

This has been really bugging me lately. I'm trying be as cost effective as possible. I just about an hour ago found this on Amazon. WAY cheaper than th e$1 a board I've been buying. And they have a 4 for 3 promotion, so I got a ML cake pan free too!

I like to use cake boards and double up. The foamcore is fine, but I don't see it being any cheaper or better necessarily than doubling or tripling up on cake boards. So, that's my preference. Sometimes I've been lucky to get the board back so I can just rewrap and reuse, but sometimes not.

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&search-alias=garden&field-brandtextbin=Cps%2C%20Inc




Good gravy that is a good deal but I have no room to store 400 cakeboards!! Darn.....Although I could probably just store the majority sealed up tight in a rubbermaid container in my garage.....hmmmm, now I'm thinking!

PinkZiab Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 8:17pm
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I used masonite (MDF) circles in all of my cakes. I don't use any cardboard cake circles--masonite under every tier, as well as the presentation board.

Danielle1218 Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 8:31pm
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I use only foam core. Michaels sells it near the framing dept. They have 2 differenty thinknesses. Not sure off hand, but it goes on sale about every other month, so I stock up then. I know that one sheet of foam core is $2.99, but it is a $1.00 when on sale.

MacsMom Posted 12 Mar 2009 , 8:44pm
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Umm.. but I can cut 4 to 6 circles out of sheets of $1 foam core board/



Wow! Um, 1st, I didn't pay $1 for my foam core. 2nd I couldn't cut 4 to 6 circles out of it. Well, depdends on the size... But Closer to $3 is what I paid... At WalMart. Guess our market is much higher! I did manage to cut a 14 inch and I think a 6 inch. Maybe 2 6 inches with the 14 inch. But that's it. And for what I paid, that was high. Plus the work involved in the cutting for paying that. But for $1 I'd reconsider...


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I buy them when they are on sale at Michael's for $1, which is quite often. Yes, $3 is the normal price.

They are SO easy to cut with a regular old serrated bread knife.

JaimeAnn Posted 13 Mar 2009 , 5:16am
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aliciababcock - I use the foamcore boards from the Dollar Tree also!! I love that stuff ! It has a nice surface (seems to be less porous than the foamcore from Michaels) It cuts super easy and is very sturdy & lightweight.

I have found some awesome things at my local dollar stores that aren't specific for cakes but are cheap and work great.

Pizza cutters for fondant, cookie cutters , plastic serving plates rectangular and round, silicone baking pans Moons stars & bears, plastic storage containers, bamboo skewers for gumpaste flowers and figures. and lots of other things.

When I go to the dollar store I am always looking at things and thinking how can I use this for cakes. icon_smile.gif

littlecake Posted 13 Mar 2009 , 5:24am
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you can get a 50 pack of 1/2 sheet boards at sam's for 8 bucks....and i bought 100 12 inch rounds for pretty cheap too the other day.

they have cake drums at decopac...free shipping on orders over 70.00.

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