(Closed) DIY Cake platform?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s been years…but my dad made one for my mom back in the late 80’s when she was a wedding cake baker.  They didn’t cover it with fabric (because if the cake icing gets on fabric it leaves a greasy spot and my mom wanted to reuse it.  Her’s was covered in brass sheeting and had gold painted wood trim on it much like the one above.  I also remember it being REALLY heavy!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

could you build a large wooden frame that would hold a large/square white platter and then just wrap the “frame” in fabric?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

How about a wood base with the sides wrapped in a pretty ribbon? I definitely wouldn’t worry about wrapping the whole thing, since the cake will be on top. If you have some time, you could look for a square plate or cheese tray type thing to place on top. Something like this?:

http://www.amazon.com/Entertaining-Caspari-13-Inch-Square-Lacquer/dp/B000VMH60O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265672974&sr=8-1

I know it’s too small, but you get the picture..

Or how about this?

http://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Cake-Stand/dp/B002CJAGII/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1265673042&sr=1-5

Not sure how heavy your cake will be, maybe check with your baker if she/he thinks something like that could support it.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t know the exact look you are going for, but for something simple (I have never made one.), I would get a square piece of finished wood and measure your cloth like you would if you wrapped a present. Then I would just wrap it like a present, then maybe add some ribbon or other embellishment; depending on your fabric. If you wrap ribbon around it though, you will cover up the folds. To secure it, you could use glue dots (my fav) or you could use some fabric glue. For your base/wood, I would use a coupon from Michaels or Joanns, and because you state you are not crafty, I would stay away from round or oval peices of wood. You could use an unfinished piece of wood, but it will be harder to work with because it will probably snag your fabric. Another option would be to just use craft paint to paint the wood in your color, then depending on the look you are going for, you could use a spray sealant to make have a shiny or matte finish. Any way that you go though, make sure you use a cake board for your cake, so that it is not touching the surface of the cake base. I hope this helps you.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Also, have you checked with your baker about what the cake will be delivered on? Sometimes cakes are standardly served on a silver tray. Not as ornate or beautiful as the one you pictured, but definitely classic and pretty, and may save you the sanity that another DIY project might take.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

lol BlueSmile

And you are very welcome. Glue dots are little clear dots of glue that you can just roll onto the fabric, papaer, ribbon, etc. Theyy are kind of like double-sided tape only shaped like circles and much easier to work with. I use the DOTnGO brand in the 3/8″ size. They have smaller and bigger ones, but that size seems to work best for me. I suggest getting them in the dispenser/roller thing.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@noritake22:  oh how I LOVE glue dots! Great advice everyone!

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