The art of preparing cake boards starts from purchasing or making them right up decorating them to hold and present a cake.
Here is a board covered in fondant and decorated with birthday message
If you are baking a cake in a different shape than those typical round, square and rectangle shapes, you might have difficulty in finding a ready made board. Or if you are baking an extra large cake which needs an extra large base, then you are left with the only option of making it on your own.
All you need is a thick cardboard and food grade foil to wrap around it. There are many colors available for the foils, and the choice is really up to you.
Once you have your foil and cake pan or cake template ready, you can start making the board. For instance, if you are baking an oval-shaped cake, place your cake tin (our the cake template - if you are baking a round cake and cutting an oval shaped cake out of it) on the cardboard and trace the outline onto on the cardboard. Remove the tin and draw another outline, this time, with a gap of around 1 to 1.5 inches from the earlier traced outline. Cut out the pattern on the outer outline.
Place the cut out pattern on your foil and trace the pattern onto the foil. You may want to do the tracing on the back of the foil. Lift the cardboard and draw an outline around the traced pattern with a gap of 1 to 1 ½ inches from the earlier outline. Cut out the pattern following the outer outline. Make short snips with a scissor on the traced foil from the outer outline to the inner outline with a distance of 2 to 3 inches between each snip. Be careful not to snip beyond the inner outline or else the cardboard will be visible once the foil is wrapped around your cardboard.
Finally, wrap the foil around the board and secure the bottom neatly.
Note: If you are baking a cake which of an extra large size, it is best to use a piece of plywood wrapped in foil as the base. A mere cardboard might not be able to take the weight of the cake.
Once the board is ready, the next step in would be to decorate the board to present your cake.
You have a choice of either leaving the foil-wrapped board plain and simply place your cake on it, or you may also decorate your board. Decorated ones look more professional than plain ones. Here are some interesting decorating ideas for you to consider:
If your cake is covered with fondant, you can use the same fondant to cover the top of your board. You can then place your fondant covered cake on it and decorate the board where it is not covered by the cake. You can either pipe some patterns on the edges, on just about any other decorations that you wish. Some people prefer to place their candles on the cake board instead of the cake.
This is another interesting decorating idea. You can use whole flowers or drop a few flower petals on the board for an elegant look. This decorating technique is most widely used for wedding cakes.
When you have a heavy cake and your board is thick, you can wrap a ribbon or lace around it as a decoration. Choose a ribbon or lace in a color that matches the rest of your cake decorations.
If you are making a birthday cake, instead of poking the candles into the cake, you can pipe little rosettes on the cake board and stick each candle into them. This is particularly creative if you have a novelty cake like a doll cake where you do not wish to spoil the shape of the cake by sticking candles into it.
Ruffles are another form of decoration that can be used to decorate cake boards. These are placed on a cake board and topped with the cake.Alternatively, you can also use doilies to cover the boards. Just make sure to choose doilies which are of the same diameter as the boards.
Supplies for decorating your cake boards can be conveniently obtained from Amazon:
Cardboard bases to cut out your board base:
Colorful foils to cover your custom boards:
Doilies to decorate your boards:
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