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Cake drums vs. Cake boards?? Please Help!

post #1 of 12
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I plan on making a 3 tier topsy turvy cake for my daughters 4th birthday in July. I am just trying to make a list now of everything I am going to need. I have never used a cake drum before nor have I seen one. I was just wondering what the difference is between a cake drum and a cake board? Is the cake drum just thicker? Also would this be the best choice for a 3 tier cake? Thanks in advance for any help!
post #2 of 12
i'm not quite sure how the terms are being used here, but the way i read it, you're saying cake board - which to me could mean the cardboard circle underneath each cake or it could also mean something that the whole entire cake will sit on. cake drum is thick, sturdy, the entire cake will sit on it. i could be reading it wrong but maybe this will bump your question for more replies =)
post #3 of 12
Good question, I have the same because I need cake drums for cake camp but I've never heard of them before and have not seen them. Another bump icon_smile.gif
post #4 of 12
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Yes I am talking about something the entire cake would sit on. I work at a grocery store and in the bakeshop they have "cake boards" and their entire cake sits on this, which is all I have ever used. But for a big cake I cannot imagine that it would be safe to put it on one of these flimsy "cake boards". On country kitchen's website it says a cake drum is "heavy cardboard wrapped in foil". That is why I was wondering if this would be a better choice to put a heavier cake on. What does everyone else use when making a tiered cake?
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
Yes I am talking about something the entire cake would sit on. I work at a grocery store and in the bakeshop they have "cake boards" and their entire cake sits on this, which is all I have ever used. But for a big cake I cannot imagine that it would be safe to put it on one of these flimsy "cake boards". On country kitchen's website it says a cake drum is "heavy cardboard wrapped in foil". That is why I was wondering if this would be a better choice to put a heavier cake on. What does everyone else use when making a tiered cake?
post #6 of 12
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post #7 of 12
Cake drums are several layers of cardboard that are covered in paper. They are usually about a half inch thick.

Wilton calls these "cake bases". They come wrapped in silver foil and can be found at Michaels in packages of two.

http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=3E31A373-475A-BAC0-5894BDEBFE84A837&killnav=1

You can make your own buy gluing cardboard together and covering it or even using foam core board. The are a sturdy board to place your cake on. Your smaller tiers really don't have to have the cake drums or bases under them. Most people will usually just do on cardboard cake board under them, though I usually use two just to make myself feel better.
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post #8 of 12
Cake "drums" are usually 1/2" vs the thinner cake "boards".

You can also make your own "drums" - use 1/2" foam core board. Michaels and Hobby Lobby both sell it and you can get several boards out of 1 piece.

Just a suggestion.
post #9 of 12
Thanks a bunch everyone, though I'm not the op you've totally helped me too. I've seen those tons of times but always though that cake drums were something stiffer...maybe wood or something. Oh well, I've got a few cake drums as it turns out...go figure.
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for all your help! I knew I could count on everyone here to help! I am still a little new to a lot of things and its nice to know I can come here and get great advice and help when needed! Thanks again!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #11 of 12
My cake supply shop lady told me to just use 3 cardboards wrapped together because that's pretty much what a drum is.....and it's chepaer to make them yourself.

So that's what I use ...3 cardboard circles, wrapped together.
post #12 of 12
well u all have helped me also! I never knew what the 'cake drums' were called...now I know!
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