First 5 Tier Wedding Cake

Decorating By jayla Updated 24 Apr 2009 , 10:38pm by Susans53

jayla Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:20am
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What type of base do you use with a 5 tier wedding cake? I am afraid of the cardboard cake drum.

Any ideas?


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newnancy Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 10:38am
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How about a piece of masonite covered? That's what I'm going to use on my 1st 5 tier. Good Luck!

Shelly4481 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 3:44pm
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My husband cuts plywood in different sizes that I cover and use. They are super strong.

CakeMommy3 Posted 23 Apr 2009 , 4:07pm
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Ditto to the plywood. Mine is 1/2 inch.

jayla Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 7:27am
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I guess I will be buying some plywood.


indydebi Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 11:38am
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Are you transporting it assembled or unassembled? (Assembled would be VERY heavy to carry!)

If you transport unassembled, the cake drum should work fine because it's only going to hold the one cake. Once you assemble it, it's on a table ... the cake drum won't crush.

When you buy the plywood, play with it in the store .... just because it's wood, doesn't mean it's strong enough. If there's flexibility in the wood, then it's no stronger than a couple of cake cardboards. But careful again, that a heftier piece of wood will be really heavy to carry with a cake on it. Done both ...that's how I learned.

newnancy Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 4:02pm
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How heavy do you think it will be? I'm also doing a 5 tier square 6,8,10,12,14" for next weekend & I have the sps & was thinking of having 2 strong men carry it for me, about 20' to the van & the venue shouldn't be too far either. I've got a 1/2" plywood & it's not at all flexible, pretty solid.

jayla Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 6:52pm
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newnancy, my cake is the same dimensions. I was thinking that it is going to be very heavy. I use the sps also. Do you duct tape your boards to the plates?

PinkZiab Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 6:58pm
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I use all masonite throughout my stacked cakes (under each tier, as well as the baseboard). It does add extra weight, but it makes the cake super sturdy, and I also transport assembled.

indydebi Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 9:52pm
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I know I carried a 3-tier once and thought my arms would fall off before I got it there! icon_surprised.gif When I sat it down, my arms felt like rubber bands!

newnancy Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 10:28pm
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No duct tape, just a smear of icing.

Susans53 Posted 24 Apr 2009 , 10:38pm
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Sorry to high jack this tread but I have a question
I use all masonite throughout my stacked cakes (under each tier, as well as the baseboard).

How do you cut the masonite flush with the cake on the tiers for decorating as after baking the cake might shrink a bit. We learned today in a cake class that after you attach your cake to a cake board you will probably need to cut it a bit so that it is perfectly flush for decorating and tiering? I hope I'm making sence. Thanks

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