Making cake plates from scratch really isn’t that difficult, at least the way I make them. All I use is thick cardboard and food wrap (I even used baking foil) to wrap the board.
Corrugated cardboard: The majority of all single-use cake platters are made of corrugated cardboard. This material consists of layers of corrugated paper pressed between two outer layers, with the outer layers providing rigidity and the corrugated paper providing insulation and thickness.
Wooden cake boards are a must for any type of cake that requires structure, so many sculpted cakes, gravity defying cakes, and maybe when you’re baking an insanely tall multi-tiered cake . Whatever board you use, it really should be covered and finished with a band to give it a complete and professional look.
Before you can stack a cake, all layers need to be leveled, even and finished with buttercream or fondant. Each tier should be on a cake board (round cardboard or other shape), and the bottom tier should be on a thicker cake board to support all the weight.
What are standard cake boards for? Their standard cardboard or STD cake boards are typically 3mm thick, covered in silver foil and are generally used for lighter, smaller cakes – or as extra support between cake bases.
The main difference between the two is their thickness. Cake drums measuring around 12mm / ½ inch are perfect for attaching ribbon for extra decoration. Cake drums were traditionally used for wedding cakes, but are becoming increasingly popular on all cakes due to the ability to attach a ribbon.
Choose a board that is at least two inches larger than the pie pan it was baked in; This takes into account the thickness of marzipan, icing and also any decoration around the edge of the board. If you intend to add decorations or lettering to the board, an even larger cake board may be more appropriate.
Fold the pieces of cardboard together so the grain is vertical (for extra stability). Then glue the cardboard together – I only do it at the corners. Place the cardboard on the foil or parchment and wrap it like a birthday present.
Since plastic straws are basically ruining the earth, I’ve tried to avoid them whenever possible. I was delighted to find out that paper straws work just as well as plastic to support a tiered cake and hold a tiered cake together. They are a bit more expensive, but they don’t kill all turtles.