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What do you use for cake boards?

post #1 of 75
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What do you use for cake boards and what do you cover the board with? Iknow this is important, up until now, ive just used tinfoil to cover boards with. Cakes are my hobby, so for now i need a good cheap source for boards.
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post #2 of 75
This is what I do. I use cut pieces of ply wood (round, square, rectangular, etc...). I cover them with foil only. I tried the fondant, which does look nice, but I thought it was such a waste of fondant. I do charge $10 rental fee for the boards which is refunded when I get the board back.
post #3 of 75
I work in food service in a school kitchen and have access to boxes galore. The bread and bun boxes come with a cardboard separator between the layers and they are just the right size for a sheet cake board, if you don't want anything too heavy. I collect them for my cakes and I cover them with freezer paper, with the shiny side turned out, so the oils in the icing don't soak through. Just tape in underneath. It works great and is probably cheaper than foil. You can also cut the cardboard any shape or size you want, maybe even double it.
For a heavier cake, but not too heavy, paneling works well, but for a layered wedding cake, plywood works best.
post #4 of 75
I use Plywood too. I love plywood because it's fairly inexpensive, can be reused and I can cut it into any shape or size I need. I even made one that looked like a leaf for a lady bug cake once. I cover them with fabric or fondant mostly. I think foil makes the cakes look cheap, and after I've spent hours working on a piece of art I don't want the cake board of all things to make a bad impression.
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post #5 of 75
I love the fabric idea. What kind of fabric do you use and how do keep it from looking greasy when you put a BC border around the cake?
post #6 of 75
I went to a local flea market and bought several beutiful large glass cake servers, some have pedestals and other just small feet. All were less than 3 dollars a piece. They are great for elegant looking cakes. For larger, moer rustic cakes, I found a large wood lazy susan at Old Time pottery. I put cakes on it and since it revolves people can move it around, look at the backside, without damaging the cake.
post #7 of 75
plywood covered in fondant to match the cake. I cut them for each cake according to size or design (sometimes the board becomes an extention of the design or a custom shape) I do not require getting them back. They are built into my price. No worries about flexing, dead strong (even when delivering 5 tier cake already stacked) and looks great. Worth the peace of mind for me
post #8 of 75
The fabric part,,is it ok to use that and not hurt anything with the cake like dyes??

ALso, how do you shape the plywood into shapes when store only does round or square for you?

AND do you cover cake board with anything before applying fondant on it or just fondant straight on?

Thanks
Jenifer
post #9 of 75
for smaller cakes i usually use foam core board from the craft store, here i pay 4$ a board and wrap in food grade cake foil, or use fondant to cover the board (usually if i have an abundance of one color) i usually trim the board out with a ribbon as well. for a larger cake (tractor) i used a melamine board, great because i got it in white and it's food safe (our counters are made of it) i just have to make sure they are returned!
post #10 of 75
melamine board? Where do you get that and how much does that run? I do a lot of heavier cakes, so foam core is too expensive for me.
post #11 of 75
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Originally Posted by jenscreativity

The fabric part,,is it ok to use that and not hurt anything with the cake like dyes??

ALso, how do you shape the plywood into shapes when store only does round or square for you?

AND do you cover cake board with anything before applying fondant on it or just fondant straight on?

Thanks
Jenifer



I just make sure I have cleaned the wood and then mist with water before I cover with fondant. The fondant becomes the food safe barrier and I instruct my customers that it is not meant to be peeled off and eaten (in case there are kids around who would actually think of doing that lol)


I use a jigsaw to cut my boards (or a circular saw if its square) I do not have them cut at home depot. I have some woodworking and furniture making experience so we have a lot of tools.
post #12 of 75
I was wondering if the self ashesive shelving paper would work (the kind people line their kitchen cabinets with) for this as well. I am just starting to realize that I need to pay more attention to the boards, especially after looking at the pics on this site. I do want to know that if I use fabric do you cover that with something or leave it as is, I am just afraid of getting a grease ring around the cake from the frosting.
post #13 of 75
I'm a frugal chick, CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!

I hit the area stores for clean cardboard. Something that hasn't sat on a floor or contained anything nasty like flea spray!(I like paper towel boxes!)
It's Eco friendly!

I cut the size I need and cover it with white freezer wrap, shiny side up.
Lately, I've been trying to attach a ribbon to the outside edge of the cake circle. I've seen where some folks have covered their circles with some scrap booking paper, then covered with plastic. They look wonderful, but I haven't figured out how to do it. I can't get my plastic wrap smooth with out wrinkles.




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post #14 of 75
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Originally Posted by weezercakes

I was wondering if the self ashesive shelving paper would work (the kind people line their kitchen cabinets with) for this as well. I am just starting to realize that I need to pay more attention to the boards, especially after looking at the pics on this site. I do want to know that if I use fabric do you cover that with something or leave it as is, I am just afraid of getting a grease ring around the cake from the frosting.




There have been ongoing discussions about the adhesive in shelf paper not being food safe.
post #15 of 75
I get foam board from the dollar store so it is economical for me. I cover it in press n seal to make it food safe, but that is made in the size of the cake. I use another larger board for the cake to sit on.
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