1. How much larger than the bottom tier do you normally make your bottom/base cake board? My bottom tier will be 14" and was planning on doing a 18' cake board so I would have some room for flowers on the base.
2. I am still trying to decide what I want to use for a bottom cake board. The cake will be a 4 tier cake (14/12/8/6). To avoid having to try to get the cake board back, I was possibly going to do an 18' 1/2 thich cake drum. I was also thinking of just taping 4 or 5 normal cake boards together.
Any suggestions or idea is greatly appreciated. Thanks
If the boards are corrugated, lay them so that the corrugations cross in the layers. Glue them together with white glue and be generous with it in the middle.
1. How much larger than the bottom tier do you normally make your bottom/base cake board?
Four inches larger.
With a cake that heavy I would be gun shy about making a thick drum through regular cardboards. Yes I know drums are just boards glued together but they are bonded and covered to prevent weakness. I too would use an 18 inch board for a 14 inch cake.
You can also make boards out of plywood or masonite board and those are nice and sturdy for that kind of weight. If you are going to transport it stacked or partially stacked, glue feet to the bottom of the board so it does not sit flush to the table. It makes it 100 times easier to lift and move.
If you made a board out of plywood, what would you cover it with? That's a great idea... just don't know what material would be best for over the wood / under the cake.
I would cover it with press and seal or freezer paper and then probably in Fondant because I like fondant covered boards. If you prefer you could cover it in the cake foil or anything that is food safe. Hope that helps
glued, foil (or fondant) covered carboards
You can cover the plywood with the type of materials you can cover regular cardboard with: foil or fondant. You don't need to cover it with anything else before hand.
Sillywabbitz ir right about lifting making it 100x easier to handle. I don't bother with feet, I just glue 3 cardboards underneath (4" smaller)
KoryAK, that's a genius idea to use smaller cardboards underneath. I am definately switching to that because some types my feet fall off but the cardboard have more surface area. Thanks!