What kind of board can I get for a 12x18 sheet cake? SHould I go to hardware store and ask for wood or is there someplace that sells plastic type boards.......? It is a big three layer cake so I need advice on what kind of board to get........
I would get a sheet of plywood...make sure to have it cut larger than your cake. You can just cover it in some contact paper......or wrapping paper and clear contact over top to make it look nicer.
I get a big piece of press board and cut to suit what I need. If you have a home depot or Rona (Canada) check out what they have.
I went to Home Depot. They have MDF in 2 feet by 4 feet sheets for about $6. The board is 3/4 of an inch thick. I had them cut it to the size I needed. They didn't charge me anything for cutting it. I also have some extra sheetrock at home that I have used before. I just cover the board with foil wrapping paper. Then I make sure I have a regular cake board between the foil wrap and the cake.
i got a piece of masonite board at home depot for a cake i did. its no more than a 1/4'' thick but its very strong. I covered it with wrapping paper to match the occasion and then covered with clear contact, it worked great.
Foam Core works great for me. It's just styrofoam sandwiched between two heavyweight posterboards. They're similar to the Cake Drums you can use as a wedding cake base.
You can buy them at craft stores (like Hobby Lobby) for 3.99 per sheet. You can cut them with an Exacto (utility) knife. One sheet is big enough to cut 2 - 14 x 20 boards which makes them 2.00 each. They are very sturdy.
I have lost so many wooden boards. Using Foam Core is a very reliable and much cheaper way for me to provide a good sturdy cake base for my customers without them having to return it to me (although some do ).
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