Watching Ace of Cakes, or the cake challenges on Food Network, I see them carving huge cakes that are filled and then carved. Do these cakes have supports in them before the carving? Do they have the cardboard cake boards in them and do those get carved too?
How many cake layers can you have before you need to use supports? I thought that it was either 2 or 3.
I hope this makes sense.
I'm also a bit of an Ace of Cakes fan!
I always put supports in after I've carved my cake and I would put cake boards in after about 3 layers or even 4 in some cases, but it does depend on the density of the cake you are working with, some are more forgiving than others!
I've never carved a cake board so I wouldn't know whether or not you can do this, but I always use templates when I carve so I have a rough idea of the dimensions of my cake. I just buy a small cake board to go in the middle, the cake board doesn't need to sit flush to the layers of your cake.