For those who haven't been following this series, a quick intro of what these parts have -
Part I - Introduction of cake decorating
Part II - Cake baking and decorating lingo
Part III - Frostings in general
Part IV - Cream cheese frosting.
And this post is about cake boards. Yes, cake boards. You might wonder why on earth am I writing about this. Cake board is a simple board that you place your cake on. If I want to compare the significance of a cake board in layman terms, I would say if a nicely decorated cake is a beautiful dress, pretty shoes that match the dress corresponds to the appropriate cake board.
If you have taken wilton courses or seen some videos on youtube, you can see many of them use silver or gold colored cake boards. They are sold in bakery supply stores and other stores like Michaels, A.C. Moore, Joann and even in walmart. Wilton's website link for the cake boards can be found here. Wilton also sells something called fanci foil wrap which can be used to cover any cardboard that you cut and use for the cake. When I first started the cake decorating classes, I didn't want to spend money on the cake boards or foil. I used to cut my own circle from the cardboard boxes and cover them with aluminum foil. They worked fine. But, if I look at the pictures of those cakes now, I feel like they don't look pretty because of the foil covered board.
But before we go into the creative ideas of making cake board pretty, there are following types of cake boards that are used in common.
1. Cardboard cake boards
2. Foam core
You can cut cardboard and make the appropriate size. Foam core is the same way too. Masonite cannot be altered by us (unless you have super tools) and are sold in certain shapes and sizes. They are heavy and reusable. You may cover them with something or place the cake directly on the top. Wood ones can be cut and covered and reused. I have two huge wooden ones that my colleague cut it for me. One round and one square.
There are some options to cover the cake board. Basic being aluminum foil or fanci foil wrap. Other option is to cover it with fondant (but you are spending way too much money on fondant). You could wrap the board with fabric which matches the theme, and wrap that with the food safe plastic (cling wrap or saran wrap or basket packing material) and place the cake on it. Then again you can't find fabric in each and every theme and it gets expensive too. My favorite way of having a pretty cake board is by using gift wrapping paper. And most of the time, I use a matching ribbon as the edging too. I wrap the board with gift wrapping paper that match the theme and cover it with food safe plastic. I am copying couple of pictures to show you want I mean. Sometimes, if you don't get appropriate paper, go with what you feel matches the most.
Following cake has the board covered in fondant which I painted with green food color to mimic grass..
Now to the size of the cake boards. Technically cake board should be 2 inches bigger width and lengthwise than the cake. It is to make sure you have enough space for the border. But, if your design involves details that are drawn on the board and not on the cake (example the rocks in the above cake are on the board), you can cut the board to an appropriate size.
Even the cakes that are stacked are placed on the board. Those need to be same size as the cake. They can't be bigger since the board will show.
On another note, wilton sells something called as cake drums. These are sturdy circles or squares which have a height of 1/4 an inch. These look very pretty if you glue a matching ribbon on the edge. Since I am very frugal, I use two layers of the foam core to get that effect and not spend money on the cake drums.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post.