Do You Make Your Own Cake Boards?

Decorating By partysafe Updated 17 Nov 2009 , 11:32pm by wrightway777

partysafe Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 12:19pm
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SQUARE cake boards at Michaels and Walmart only come in 2 sizes (apx 10" x 14" and larger), only 6 in a pack, $ 5-$6. Various online websites charge S&H. I want to either buy in bulk 9" squares and not have to cut up and throw away unused part from larger sizes. What a waste! Or better yet, does anybody buy inexpensive corrugated boxes and make their own? All suggestions welcome, THANKS IN ADVANCE!! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

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Texas_Rose Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 1:11pm
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I use foamcore boards. It's stronger than corrugated cardboard and more hygenic than using regular cardboard boxes. With either one though you would need to wrap it, at least if you buy the foamcore at Michaels that's not wrapped up. It's easy to cut with a box cutter and you can get several boards from one piece.

You can also buy boards at the cake decorating supply shop.

partysafe Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 1:24pm
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THX so much for the info on foamcore!

alene Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 1:34pm
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Not sure what I'll be doing but I swore off Wiltons flimsy cake boards as of yesterday. More than once, Ive picked the cake up and the board would bend, causing the icing to crack. Ill make my own from now on or buy from somewhere else. Only A Buck carries the foamcore boards.

partysafe Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 1:59pm
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Good post, thx!!! Yes, they are flimsy and mostly only sold in ROUNDS. Square cakeboards are hard to find in Vegas. Never heard of "foam core" although I have seen it, didnt know what it was. Thank goodness for Cake Central and other cake sites, what a fountain of information!

alene Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 2:14pm
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You can also get the foamcore boards shipped to you from dollar tree . com. Case includes 50 - 20x30" white foam boards.

dsilvest Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 2:14pm
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Foamboards come in different weights. Make sure the dollar store variety is not the flimsy one. It will not support the weight of the cake.

As for cardboard, use two or more layers and alternate the grain. The lines are vertical in one layer and horizontal in the other. Tape the boards together and cover with food safe paper.

ddaigle Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 2:30pm
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I used to cover my own but hate it. I now buy in bulk at brboxshop.com. Free shipping. It's so wonderful to walk to the closet and see all these boards (and boxes). They are bakery quality. Actually, look exactly like the ones like at the bakery I work at.

yiyo21 Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 10:25pm
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hi ddaigle!

I tried to look up the site that you mention but i cannot find it. I was wondering if you can re-post it please?'

Thanks!!

andpotts Posted 13 Nov 2009 , 10:56pm
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She just accidently left out a letter:

http://www.brpboxshop.com/

They are awesome, quality products, large selection, great customer service and best of all free shipping in the US!

ddaigle Posted 14 Nov 2009 , 2:28am
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Oops! Thanks addpotts!

yiyo21 Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 6:31am
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thanks!!!!

partysafe Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 12:21pm
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THX A MILLION Ddaigle!!!!!!!! Anytime there is FREE shipping I'm ready to order, and their products and prices are awesome.

Happy baking to all. icon_biggrin.gificon_smile.gif

partysafe Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 12:40pm
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Originally Posted by alene

You can also get the foamcore boards shipped to you from dollar tree . com. Case includes 50 - 20x30" white foam boards.




Thx Ailene, glad I have a Dollar tree so I can check them out. They might make for a good back up supply for my "casual" cakes for the family and use the pretty foil boards on that other box website for gifts.

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wrightway777 Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 1:11pm
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It looks like they dont have any boards 1/4 in thick in squares (I wouldnt trust anything thinner).
They do have chipboard cake boards....what exactly is that? And will it hold up heavy cakes?

JenniferMI Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 1:48pm
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I make my own sheet cake boards from sheets of heavy cardboard...I buy my round boards for wedding cake use.

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saberger Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 1:56pm
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Chipboard cake boards are those scalloped edge ones that you can find in Party City. I actually use them for simple cakes that don't require a decorated cake board. I actually like them because they are strong and I don't have to do anything with them. The only down side to them is that I have gotten some that are not absolutely flat....they kind of warp up in the middle. But the weight of the cake fixes that for larger cakes.

emlashlee Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 2:34pm
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Just to clarify, you can use foamcore for the layer between tiered cakes, too? I just use them for a cake board at the bottom so it is sturdy enough to move and use cheapie cardboard cake circles for between layers. I run a ribbon around the edge of foam core or cover with fondant.

Cakepro Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 2:47pm
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Originally Posted by emlashlee

Just to clarify, you can use foamcore for the layer between tiered cakes, too?




Yes. The 3/16th inch thick foamcore is perfect for this (and it is all I use - no more cardboard for me!) You can use the 1/2 inch thick foamcore if you need to add height to your cakes. Just put Press 'n Seal on any side that will be in direct contact with cakes and you are good to go! icon_smile.gif

partysafe Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 3:21pm
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"Yes. The 3/16th inch thick foamcore is perfect for this (and it is all I use - no more cardboard for me!) You can use the 1/2 inch thick foamcore if you need to add height to your cakes. Just put Press 'n Seal on any side that will be in direct contact with cakes and you are good to go! icon_smile.gif




What do you mean put press n seal on side? I recently bought a Press 'n Seal machine, still learning. TUVM. icon_confused.gif

saberger Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 3:23pm
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I think she means Saran-wrap press n' seal. It works like saran wrap but stickier

Cakepro Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 4:48pm
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You bought a vacuum seal machine...Press 'n Seal is this: http://www.glad.com/plasticwrap/pressnseal.php

emlashlee Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 9:50pm
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

Quote:
Originally Posted by emlashlee

Just to clarify, you can use foamcore for the layer between tiered cakes, too?



Yes. The 3/16th inch thick foamcore is perfect for this (and it is all I use - no more cardboard for me!) You can use the 1/2 inch thick foamcore if you need to add height to your cakes. Just put Press 'n Seal on any side that will be in direct contact with cakes and you are good to go! icon_smile.gif




Gotcha! icon_smile.gif Thanks for the clarification. And, it's just used to make the cake sturdier?

Cakepro Posted 15 Nov 2009 , 10:12pm
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Well, it's much sturdier than cardboard, if that's what you mean. icon_smile.gif

partysafe Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 4:27pm
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

You bought a vacuum seal machine...Press 'n Seal is this: http://www.glad.com/plasticwrap/pressnseal.php




Ohhhhh, nowwwww I 'git it .... ! icon_rolleyes.gificon_redface.gif Cant believe I never noticed it and always buy the regular wrap. Maybe I wouldnt have bought my sealing machine, but heck, I love gadgets and it works perfectly, just in case anybody's thinking about buying one. I mainly use it for meats and all my cake wrecks for snacks. I'm in Course 3 class at Michaels. icon_smile.gif

emlashlee Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 4:34pm
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Originally Posted by Cakepro

Well, it's much sturdier than cardboard, if that's what you mean. icon_smile.gif




I guess I mean that I use cardboard circles because they are already cut and convenient. It's a pain for me to cut out circles from the foam board, but if it is a better option, I'll sure do it. icon_smile.gif

jclvs2 Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 4:36pm
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Hi all, I was trying to find an inexpensive way to make or find a place to purchase a cookiepop display. I did alot of research on line and could not find anything. I did go to the brpboxshop link I saw here and did'nt find anything but I got prices on their boxes. Something I could leave at a store to sell my cookiepops would be ideal. I had an idea of just using a cake box with styrofoam inside to poke the pops in. Then I can just leave the whole thing at delivery. But was not sure that was the most econmical way/ or proffesional way. Any suggestions would be appreciated!! TIA

wrightway777 Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 5:44pm
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jclvs2 - have you ever seen those cupcake flower pots? What if you used a flower pot, put styro in it covered the styro in a fabric (poke holes through fabric for the sticks) and then you have an instant holder. Just a quick idea

jclvs2 Posted 16 Nov 2009 , 8:12pm
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Yes I have seen them. Great idea !

My friend really wanted something that was disposable that HE would not have to worry about after delivery. He owns his own business and caters to alot of smaller stores and mini-marts. So something compact and disposable would be perfect he said. Any other thoughts? TIA

wrightway777 Posted 17 Nov 2009 , 4:21am
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why not just lay them flat in a wicker type small basket at the counter. Tell him he can keep the basket. Or put styro in that cover with fabric if you want. You can always get a basket at the craft store with a coupon. Pots are pretty cheap too right now since its the Fall. You can even check at places like Ross, TJ Maxx and Marshalls for a "vessel." Even a photo box (w/out the lid) would suffice -they always are decorative but sturdy. Just a few more ideas.....you know you could always cover the styro with a layer of fondant/gumpaste...the holes will be permanently there to keep refilling with more cookies.

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