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what type of cake board should i use for full sheet

post #1 of 15
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I got an order for a full sheet cake and not sure what to use for cake board. I've done one in the past but I bought my cake board and box from my instructor and not sure if she would let me purchase another one. So Im not sure what to do and suggestions
post #2 of 15
You might try having one cut for you out of particle board or plywood. I don't know what that costs but it might be cheaper than ordering cardboard ones online which was my other suggestion. You'd probably need to make the cardboard one 2 or 3 layers thick.

http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/paper/cardboards.htm
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post #3 of 15
I can definitely recommend at least 2 layers of cardboard. My last full sheet I had put on one board, and when I picked the cake up to start decorating, it started to crack in the center. I had to tape another board to the original one (I had white duct tape, so it didn't look too bad!) Janice
post #4 of 15
I only use plywood for my full sheet cakes. I don't want cracks in the middle. At lowes they cut lots of boards diffrent sizes for me out of one big piece. I have also used two masonite boards taped together, but like the sturdiness of plywood for such a heavy cake!
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Originally Posted by peacockplace

I only use plywood for my full sheet cakes. I don't want cracks in the middle. At lowes they cut lots of boards diffrent sizes for me out of one big piece. I have also used two masonite boards taped together, but like the sturdiness of plywood for such a heavy cake!



I've been wanting to do this for a long time. Do you ask for the boards back? How do you do it so you can reuse them?
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post #6 of 15
I live in a small town, so it's not that hard to track them down. I usually tell people that for such a large cake I use a wood cake board and need it to be returned after the event. I haven't had any complaints. So that you can reuse it you can cover it in freezer paper, or use a decorative paper and then cover with clear contact paper.
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post #7 of 15
Thanks...I was wondering if you charged a deposit or anything. Maybe it is best just to rely on customers to return them.
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post #8 of 15
What size do you have the plywood cut too for a full sheet cake? Thanks
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post #9 of 15
I haven't charged a deposit yet, and so far I haven't had a problem. I don't know right off what size my board is, I'll have to go measure. I think I had it cut about 4 inches larger than the cake.
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post #10 of 15
What I use for my full sheet cakes are 25"x17" double layer cardboard, and I use two of them together. This is what I bought to fit in the box I have for full sheets. I always ask for my boxes and boards back and it's never a problem. I live in a small rural area and haven't made a cake for a stranger yet. Before I make another full sheet cake next week I will have plywood or something sturdier cut. Even the four plys of cardboard aeren't as sturdy as I'd like. When I lift in the center enough to pull the box from under my cake there's that risk of a crack in the icing. I don't want to risk it again. I wonder if there's something non-toxic in a plastic spray that you could use to coat boards to make them washable. I'd still cover them with paper etc but it'd be nice not to have to worry about splinters and be able to wipe them off easily. Will have to check it out.
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post #11 of 15
I know they have a polyurethane ( I don't think I spelled that right ) made for bar tops. It makes a smooth hard finish. I would still put paper over it, but you could wipe that clean. I'll have to research some more. I love using plywood it's so nice to move it around and not worry about the cracks. It stays nice and pretty!
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post #12 of 15
I think I've seen something like that watching a home show about countertop refurbishing. It came in a long thin sheet and you just peeled off the backing and placed it over the old countertops. I think that would make a great surface for a cake board.
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post #13 of 15
I get around it by saying tha largest cake I can do is a 12x18 which is slightly larger than the bakeries 1/2 sheet but I would be glad to do 2 of them. And it is much moister than the full sheets they do around here.

most people have no way of putting a full sheet cake in their car anyway.
post #14 of 15
I have used foam core board for a full sheet (18x24).
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by msmeg

I get around it by saying tha largest cake I can do is a 12x18 which is slightly larger than the bakeries 1/2 sheet but I would be glad to do 2 of them. And it is much moister than the full sheets they do around here.

most people have no way of putting a full sheet cake in their car anyway.



I agree with msmeg. The largest I can do is a 12x18 and put two of them together.
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