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Topic: Cake Drum for 4 Tiered Cakes
susychpstk 10/07/2012 8:23 PM
Hi all,

What do you use for a 4 tiered or taller stacked cake as your base? I've been just using 1/2" foil-covered cake drums, but with the last 4-tiered cake I delivered, I noticed those pesky little hairline cracks in my buttercream after having smoothed it perfectly, from the board flexing as I moved it.

I think masonite is strong enough to go with, but hate to have to deal with trying to get it returned to me and the whole security deposit thing. Is foam core the way to go do you think, and what size....1/2 " as well for even 4-tiered cakes? Are "English Style Cake Drums" a better quality, and less apt to flex or give when moving your stacked cake?

Thanks everyone!
sweetgrandma 10/07/2012 9:02 PM
I use quarter inch plywood and it seems to hold it steady. You could also use half inch but that adds a little more weight. I'm going to start using the pipe and flange system so I'll be using an even thicker board.
susychpstk 10/07/2012 9:13 PM
SGM....do you ask for the plywood back? How do you cut the rounds? Thank you!
sweetgrandma 10/08/2012 6:59 AM
I put my name and address and a note to return the board but I dont sweat it if I don't. My dh cuts them out of scraps and so they don't cost much. Most of the time I do get them back.
sweetgrandma 10/08/2012 7:02 AM
and to cut them I give dh a cardboard circle of the size I want and he uses it as a guide.
preetscake 10/08/2012 7:11 AM
I use masonite boards,I order them online bcoz Lowe's or home depot do not cut the rounds.I just adjust the price in the total cost of cake.I don't ask the boards back. I know it is kind of expensive,but I don't think I would ever get those back anyway.I do buy my squares at these stores though,they can cut it into whatever size I need.
susychpstk 10/08/2012 7:26 AM
Thanks SGM and Preeti. Are you using them for cakes four or more tiers tall, or for all stacked cakes?
preetscake 10/08/2012 7:38 AM
I use them for 3 tiers and up,regardless what size the tiers are. I have dealt too much with those cracks and I know for sure that a flimsy or not strong enough board is the culprit.
If I am doing a 2 tier,I put 3 or 4 cake circles together and then cover them in foil and that works fine.If the board shape doesn't matter for tiered cakes I use the square ones as I can get them from Home depot and they are cheaper than masonite boards.
cakes06 10/08/2012 10:01 PM
I would use a piece of plywood covered with florist foil.
sweetgrandma 10/08/2012 10:08 PM
I've mostly been using them for my heavier cakes. If the bottom tier is 16 inches and it's only a three tier I use them because of the weight. In the future I'm going to use them for all 3 tier and larger because the last 4 tier I made (14, 12. 10 and 8) my dh said he felt the cake drum give and I did end up with a crinkled side of one of the tiers.
sweetgrandma 10/10/2012 12:51 PM
Oops! DH just said he now uses 1/2" or 3/4th" only. He stopped using 1/4" b/c he didn't feel they were as sturdy.
susychpstk 10/11/2012 8:45 PM
Oh great, SGM, thanks for clarifying and thanks for the advice too, Dana! I also just noticed that Global Sugar Art is selling foam core boards and they're really not much more expensive as your typical foil cake drum. Of course, you'd have to purchase the foil too, but I thought they'd be more expensive all pre-cut and all. I called and they recommend them for large tiered cakes and said that they're very sturdy!
trecur 10/12/2012 6:47 AM
I recently heard about a company called Caseland Tuffboard cakeboards. I haven't used any but they say they are good. HTH
susychpstk 10/12/2012 8:17 AM
Thanks trecur....I just looked them up, but all their edges are scalloped....they look neat though! Thanks for the info!