Cake Boards and Boxes is one of our largest departments here at Cake Stuff. Cake boards and boxes are obviously products that every cake maker uses on a daily basis, so we've worked extremely hard to be able to offer the very best prices - full packs are offered at even lower prices and busier customers can speak to us about bona fide "trade" prices, offering even better prices on bulk orders of cake boards and boxes.
Many customers will know exactly what they're looking for but if this your first visit to cake-stuff.com, it may be worth spending a moment or two reading through the information below. Cake boards can be slightly confusing as we've discovered the various types of boards are referred to by different names in different parts of the country (and in other countries), so please check through the descriptions below to make sure you know which type of cake board you require.
Cake Stuff cake boards are available to buy singly, in full packs (pack sizes vary depending on type of board) at an even lower "trade" price and sometimes in "combo" packs which include matching cake boxes.
Cake Stuff source all our cake boards from the UK's top two manufacturers... we do not import cheap cake boards. All Cake Stuff cake boards are manufactured to British Standards in fully licensed, hygienic UK factories. What's more, all our cake boards are sprayed with a microscopically thin film of invisible, odourless and totally flavourless antiseptic wax which prevents any bacterial growth. This, combined with our own hygienic storage and handling, allows us to sell single cake boards safely - simply wipe lightly before use.
Cake boards are split into 5 main groups:
CUT EDGE CAKE CARDS are 1mm-1.5mm thick lightweight cards designed for light sponges, gateaux etc. Cut edge cards are so-called because they are cut from larger sheets of food-approved cake card, so the edges and underside are unfinished. They are very inexpensive so are only available in packs of 10 and full packs (50 or 100 depending on size of board) of round or square cards. If you've never used these before please note they are quite flimsy and not recommended for anything other than simple sponge or cream cakes. Popular with schools, colleges and busy trade customers.
SINGLE THICK CAKE CARDS are normally around 1.5mm-2mm thick lightweight cards designed for sponge cakes and have properly wrapped edges and white paper underside for a finished look. Inexpensive and normally only made in round or square, they are good quality and able to hold smaller decorated cakes safely. We recommend that if you need 11"-12" or above, you consider the stronger double thick cards or even cake drums, as single thick cards will bend under weight, which can cause the icing to crack.
DOUBLE THICK CAKE CARDS are (as the name suggests) more-or-less double the thickness of single thick cards - so normally 2-3mm thick as they compress in storage. Double-thick cards are designed for heavier sponge and novelty cakes. Normally made in round, square and oblong shapes, they have proper wrapped edges and white paper underside. We recommend that before buying, you quickly check the price of the size you need against that of a cake drum as often there is very little price difference and the drum is that bit stronger again.
HARDBOARD CAKE CARDS are normally produced in various oblong sizes as an alternative to double-thick cards, and occasionally these products may be substituted for each other (one manufacturer produces hardboard, the other produces double-thick). Hardboard cake cards offer good strength in larger sizes for novelty cakes. They have proper wrapped edges and white paper underside. The larger oblong sizes are perfect for Wilton novelty cake tins, number cakes etc although we recommend that before buying, you quickly check the price of the size you need against that of a cake drum as often there is very little price difference and the drum is that bit stronger again.
CAKE DRUMS / BOARDS are normally around 1/2" - 5/8" thick and are made from compressed, sterilised sawdust (surprised?) or paper pulp, with proper wrapped edges and white paper underside, designed primarily for heavier cakes, such as rich fruit cakes. Cake drums offer the strongest and safest type of board. Cake drums are made in round, square, heart, hexagon, oval, petal, oblong, octagon and a number of other shapes to order. Very strong and very safe, minimising any movement of the icing and more-or-less essential for wedding and celebration cakes.
PLEASE NOTE . . . all cake boards are traditionally hand finished so please allow a certain amount of variation in size and finish. Please also note that the special food-approved paper covering may be in either "fern" (see cake drums) or "maple" (see hardboard cards) finish. Shaped cake drums are largely hand-made, so variations of up to ½" in overall size should be allowed with larger sizes from around 14" upwards. Small folds, creases, scratches and dents in the covering paper and a natural "bend" on thinner cards are all features occasionally found in the hand-finished product and are not considered faults. Please also note actual thickness of cards may prove slightly less due to boards compacting in storage (often stored several hundred deep).
NON-UK CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE boards over 10" are too large for Air Mail. Similarly, full packs of boards are normally too heavy for Air Mail.