I'm not an experienced cake sculptor, and I was just curious as to how it's done, when you need to have support/boards in the cake. When I see the pros do it on cake challenges, I never see them having to cut into a cake board. I mean, there has to be support in there with all that cake, but you never see the boards. What is their secret? anyone know?
It would depend on the size of your finished cake. I saw on cake boss a while ago that Buddy made a cake to look like an extinct mammal for a museum. He did use a cake board in the middle because that cake was HUGE. And it was propped up on four cake legs (pvc pipe with cake around it).
On the other hand, I am making a 3D Thomas the Train cake for my nephew. I'm starting with a 12X18 sheet, dividing it into three 6" strips, stacking them and carving a train out of it. I won't be needing and boards or dowels because it won't need it.
What are you trying to carve?
I've seen them use boards. Sometimes they use a smaller board in the middle, that's why you dont see it.
I'm not working on anything at the moment. Just curious and filing it away for future reference. Thanks!