What is a good material to use for a thick sturdy cake base, round or square that can be decorated with fondant, etc... I don't want to waste money on the foil wrapped ones in the stores and would like to decorate my own, but can't find plain thick ones. What do you use???
foam core board
ceramic tiles at the hardware store (even marble ones are less than $5.....some are only $1 each!)
mdf (medium density fiberboard= plywood...a 4'x6' sheet is about $4 at Home Depot, adn they'll cut it for you too)
For large cakes, I use MDF. I use piping gel and cover with fondant, or fanci foil usually.
Sometimes I use the 1" thick sheets of polystyrene insulation available at stores like Home Depot. They are like $4 for a 2'x4' sheet. I hot glue a cake cardboard the size I want on top and cut around with a serrated knife. Cover with foil or fondant and it makes a nice, sturdy, cheap, and lightweight base. HTH
I use chopping board.
I use the foam core board at Michael's or AC Moore. It's the quite large, easy to cut and very sturdy. They come in different colors. Use a coupon and it's a great deal.
What Ive done lately, is go 2 lowes or home depot, and get a wood board the size that i want, then cover it in fondant. its great VERY sturdy and holds heavy cakes GREAT! and can use it over n over , if you want 2change the color just peel off the fondant put a new one.. hope this helps.
i use to use a glass/mottled cutting board. but as the cakes got larger and heavier i noticed it would bend slightly in the middle. NOT GOOD. so i sent hubby to hardware store, he got plywood and cut it to size for me. I cover it in wax paper. then over that in fancy foil. So far so good. especially when talking 80-100 lb cakes !!
I cut cardboard and double it. I cover it in freezer wrap.