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post #46 of 77
Reminder to all - now is the perfect time (well actually wait till after Xmas for the sales) to be buying "foiled wrapping paper" to cover your larger foamcore (what the hidden cake board rests on*). The foiled wrapping paper is easy to spot...its shiny usually thicker than regular and will cost more than the cheaper kind. Gold and silver are wonderful ones to stock, to use anytime of the year, but I can find tons of colors this time of year and they are nice and wide.

*I "adhere" the bottom of my hidden board by using double stick carpet tape (bought at Lowes). And just in case anyone is curious, no, the tape and foiled paper never touch the cake. I always "stake" the cake into the cake board for any cake that is higher than one tier too.
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post #47 of 77
I love using foam core!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #48 of 77
I use cardboard rounds under each cake and foam board for the base.
Never had a problem with bending and warping, but I don't use the Wilton boards, those bite.
post #49 of 77
I too am beyond jealous at how incredibly smooth that picture is. Bravo!!!
Thanks to all for the information. Apparently...I've been doing it wrong this entire time! I always cut the board smaller than the cake so it didn't show, but now I see how very helpful it could be to have it larger for a buttercream ledge. Genius! I can't wait to try this, I have a Santa cake to start tonight for dinner on Friday. Hopefully, this new information will make it MUCH easier!!!
post #50 of 77
Sorry to highjack the thread, but does anyone use "feet" under their cake boards for tiered cakes to make lifting them easier? If so, what do you
use? It's a real pain trying sliding the cake to the edge of the table to lift.
post #51 of 77
____Perfectly Perfect No Border Showin Cake!____

For simplicitys sake, I am using a round cake as an example when Im describing the method. Same thing basically applies to square cakes though too.

You are using an extra board for this method of smoothing. So your cake is sitting on its board/circle/foam core by the time you begin the method Im going to explain. It is best, for this method, if you use a circle that is exactly the size of your cake, or slightly smaller.

After filling, crumbcoating, whatever you do, you place your cake on another board that is from 1/8th inch larger in diameter to however much larger you want it. All depends on how much icing you want on your cakes edge.

I have a masonite board for each and every tier size I offer. For example, for my 6 rounds, I have a board cut from masonite that is 1/8th inch diameter larger than the foam core board I place my 6 cake on.

This masonite is not the thick type that you cover with fondant or butcher paper for final presentation, this is a thinner, flexible type, at about 1/8th inch thick. Its smooth and glossy, and is probably called something else, but Im calling it masonite. Either way, Im sure its not hard to figure out.

So, you have secured your cake and its usual board to the larger one weve been discussing. I use a bench scraper that has no handle, exactly like the one you will find by Googling Progressive Bash and Chop. This can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond. Wherever you get it, whatever brand, no matter. The important part is that it be able to sit completely flush against the turntable AND the larger board. You will be smoothing by following the larger board.

When youre done, pop the whole thing in the fridge. Wait a couple of hours until it is firm. Take it back out, jimmy the larger board loose, slide a teeny spatula under it, whatever you want to break the cake loose from the larger board.

Admire your perfectly perfect cake, with not a smidge of border showing, because if done right, you have completely hidden it by using a second board to ice against. Wash up the larger masonite board, and store for future use.
post #52 of 77
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Originally Posted by CakeMommyTX

I use cardboard rounds under each cake and foam board for the base.
Never had a problem with bending and warping, but I don't use the Wilton boards, those bite.



so which ones do you use??
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post #53 of 77
I love foam core and dont trust cardboard to heavy loads...but if you must use cardboard.....
http://www.uline.com/Product/AdvSearchResult.aspx?keywords=round%20cake%20pad
there's tons of places to get rounds. You could always double up the rounds.

Lecrn - I use feet on some of my boards. I've gone to the wood section of Hobby Lobby and purchased the round doll pin things that look exactly like this link. Cheap with a 40% off coupon. Just hot glue (or super glue) the flat side to what will be the underside of the board. I do some in the middle and some on the sides...evenly dispersed of course depending on how large/heavy the whole cake is.
http://factorydirectcraft.com/catalog/products/2110_2235-7429-unfinished_wood_doll_pin_stands_package_of_20.html
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post #54 of 77
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Originally Posted by leah_s

I use cardboards ALL the time and they are fine. I have never understood why people have a problem with them.



You use the SPS right?? so is that why the cardboard is strong enough?
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post #55 of 77
I use cardboards in between my tiers all the time too & have never had an issue. But I use masonite for the main board at the bottom.
post #56 of 77
In regard to cutting out foamcore: I found that the best way is to take an SPS plate and poke your foamboard with the little peg to keep it from sliding. Then cut around it with your exacto knife. It's still a pain, but I found this much easier than trying follow a line. Hope that makes sense icon_confused.gif I wish I could buy these pre-cut a little more cost effective. icon_rolleyes.gif
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post #57 of 77
there is so much information on here!

I now realize I've been doing it wrong. So wrong.
post #58 of 77
anyone use a bandsaw to cut their foamcore like CCC?
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post #59 of 77
I use a jigsaw. makes a bit of a mess though.... so I cut it in the basement... icon_sad.gif
post #60 of 77
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Originally Posted by pieceacake830

I use a jigsaw. makes a bit of a mess though.... so I cut it in the basement... icon_sad.gif



for the final product does it cut cleaner that an exacto knife?
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