I need a strong cake board for a 3 tiered wedding cake and need a 16 inch round board. I bought a silver Wilton board, but now I'm wondering if it's strong enough. What do you all think? Also, does anyone know where I can 16 inch round wooden boards?
Thanks in advance
I'm not sure how strong the Wilton ones are. I usually make my own from foam board I buy from the $ store. I cut 3 layers, hot glue them together, and cover with foil ( Wilton or Hobby Lobby brands). If I know my cake is going to be heavier than normal, I add a 4th layer of foam board. Never had it fail me yet.
You can glue 4-5 boards together, making sure that the corrugated edges are switched around, a think piece of foam core, or you could go to the hardware store and ask they they cut you a circle from wood. I plan on buying boards from sugargeek one day, too, so maybe even check them out!
I put all my wedding cakes on glass. I have it cut at least 2 inches larger than the bottom tier. If you have a 16" bottom, then put it on an 18" glass. Check prices with you local glass shop(s). Where I am, they're relatively inexpensive. You can either add the cost into the cost of the cake or have them return it undamaged. I have my clients return the glass which I can reuse. Also have a clause in my contract that states they will have to pay the price to replace if not returned in usable condition.
I always cut my own cake boards out of plywood, particle board or masonite. Mike and I frequently do construction projects, so always have left over pieces of board handy. Takes five minutes and it is free and very sturdy.
How thick of a piece of glass to hold a three tier wedding cake?
I'd be very concerned about using glass as a base. If it should crack or actually break what a problem there would be! Just think of people taking a bit of cake and getting glass splinter in their mouth! It is much better to glue several boards together or cut your own as Sandra said.
Or use plexiglass???