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JustGettinStarted Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 1:59am
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what do you use to support the overall weight of a cake (especially a stacked cake)? I know you can use the SPS or whatever stacking method for the tiers, but what do you put under the whole cake? Just doesn't seem like a piece of cardboard or foam core would be sturdy enough. Thanks icon_smile.gif

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MessMaker Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:04am
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I use a piece of ply wood my husband cut for me.

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tastyart Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:10am
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I also use plywood. I have a round piece and a rectangle that I cut. I glued little feet on them so they are easy to pick up and I, of course, cover them each time I use them.

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crazyladybaker Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:21am
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I also use plywood. I have a round piece and a rectangle that I cut. I glued little feet on them so they are easy to pick up and I, of course, cover them each time I use them.




I do this as well. It works great. I even cover it with contact paper depending on the color of the cake.
make sure you put the feet on it like was mentioned above. That is a must thumbs_up.gif

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Karen421 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:24am
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Ditto on the plywood thumbs_up.gif I use a smaller piece of plywood screwed under that, instead of feet. You can't see the smaller piece, but you can get your hands underneath it to move the cake around. I paint these, then cover them to patch the cake.

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jlsheik Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:33am
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I use plywood for round...or a wooden table top. For squares I use a ceramic tile....they come in all sorts of sizes. I just cover them and they work great!

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JanJess Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:49am
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If you have a Lowe's or Home Depot in your area, they have a section of plywood pieces from other cuts they have made and they are very cheap or they will cut a piece to size for you.

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leah_s Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 4:18am
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I used to use plywood. Now I use drums

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JustGettinStarted Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 12:25pm
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leah_s, what are drums? sorry, I'm a little new.

Also, plywood sounds great! Do you all get these back or do you have to make new ones for each cake?

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tmac670 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 12:48pm
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I use 1/2 inch MDF, then cover it with the paper of my choice-- I really like the idea of feet though- I think I am going to do that!

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JustGettinStarted Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:15pm
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So leah, the drums are just cardboard? They support the weight of a 3 tier cake well? Thanks!

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debbief Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 2:27pm
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I use plywood most of the time as well. I usually cover it in paper to match the cake or sometimes just freezer paper with the shiney side up. Sometimes I cover the plywood in fondant.

I used to ask for the plywood back but then my husband just cut a bunch in different sizes for me so I don't have to worry about it. But that "feet" idea? Definately going to have to remember that! Thank you all for that tip icon_biggrin.gif

I have used drums too. They are much sturdier than just plain cardboard so they'll support your cake no problem. That's what they're made for.

I also like the idea of ceramic tiles. I may have to try that sometime. I love all the information I get from CC. You all are great. icon_smile.gif

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CWR41 Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 3:26pm
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Also, plywood sounds great! Do you all get these back or do you have to make new ones for each cake?




If you want your plywood back to reuse, charge a deposit for it or there's no incentive for anyone to return it. It's also helpful to have your business name and phone number permanently marked on the reverse side along with a message "Please return for deposit" or similar, so if it accidentally gets thrown out at a venue, hopefully someone will notice that it wasn't intended for the trash.

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nhbaker Posted 27 Aug 2010 , 3:50pm
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I mostly use drums, but have used plywood in the past (esp. squares) and also the masonite ones you can get -- here's a link

http://www.globalsugarart.com/cat.php?cid=873&s=30&name=Cake%20Boards,%20Boxes,%20Doiles,%20Foil%20&%20Ruffle/Masonite%20Cake%20Boards

to make them taller I either use card board rounds or foam board and cover the whole thing with contact paper.

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Karen421 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 12:10pm
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I stopped using drums, after a small disaster. I can get my plywood back most of the time, but I just bake for family and friends. Plywood, is just a lot more secure!

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hilly Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 4:57pm
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I've been using plywood more lately, it's just so cheap and sturdy. I also use 3 good cake board hot glued together, then cover them in foil but the plywood is still stronger and cheaper.

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Rosie2 Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 5:21pm
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Great info thumbs_up.gif
Thanks to all!!

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JustGettinStarted Posted 28 Aug 2010 , 10:21pm
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Thanks everyone! You all are so helpful!

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