Cardboard For Carving Cakes

Decorating By neilbaldwyn Updated 29 Aug 2011 , 9:05am by pusskin

neilbaldwyn Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 1:11pm
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Im completely new to making cakes and wondered what sort of cardboard is used between layers in a stacked or carved cake?

Can you make your own boards or do you need specialist ones?
Do you need to do anything to the card before it goes in?
How long will the card last/ will it go soft and soggy?

Thanks

Neil

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soccermom17 Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 1:51pm
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Hi Neil. Welcome to cakes!! There are a couple of things that I do. The board for the cake to sit on, I use either a piece of plywood, covered in foil. (I use the foil from the wholesale flower market, the one with the plastic backing.) Another option I use is to double or triple layer cardboard rounds or rectangles. Depending on the size of cake. I get these from a paper distributor, along with my bakery boxes. As for what to use between layers, I use to use just cardboard rounds, etc., but I have been changed! I now use 1/2" foam core covered in the glad cling film that stickes to itself. That way it is food safe. I use this with all of my stacked cakes. Great stability for the cake. I buy this at Hobby Lobby when it is 50% off. If I use just cardboard between the layers, I don't cover it with anything. If I start on Thursday and it's due for Sat. or Sun., they stay just fine. I hope this helps a little bit. Sorry for the rampling!
Michelle

FullHouse Posted 23 Aug 2011 , 2:08pm
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I cut cake cardboard (circles or squares) to the size I need, then wrap them in either freezer paper or Fancifoil to keep out the moisture.

Cgal02 Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 7:10am
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This post was helpful, and I felt like my question was somewhat appropriate to the conversation.

I am going to try my first attempt making a two tier cake with buttercream frosting for my mom's 60th b-day. Problem is. I have never made a "real" cake before - other than the box cake from the store. HA.

I am so new to this, that I am curious as to why cardboard is used? Just for Stability? I tried to find answers on here and google, but no dice. So, I bake the cake, then "glue" it to the cardboard. Should I do the same thing for the 2nd layer?

Feeling a little overwhelmed.

Thanks for the help icon_smile.gif

pusskin Posted 29 Aug 2011 , 9:05am
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Cga yes the card is for stability, it enables you to decorate and move it. You must use supports for the second tier as you can't guarantee the lower tier will be able to take it's weight. Basically you place legs through the lower tier to it's board and they take the weight of the second tier. The commonest legs are dowels, bubble straws, and complete systems like sps.

Yours aye
Puss

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