Do You Wrap Your Cake Circles?

Decorating By bradleycake Updated 28 Oct 2007 , 9:37pm by Theresa50

bradleycake Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 10:21pm
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I am making a sheet cake with a 3D basketball on it. I am going to stick a dowel in the sheet cake to support the basketball. Should I wrap the cardboard circle the basketball is going to be on?

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indydebi Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 10:40pm
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I don't.

JoAnnB Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 11:06pm
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Plain cardboard circles can absorb a lot of grease. It probably won't be a problem on the small circle. For a larger cake, you would need to wrap the board to keep it strong.

grama_j Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 11:12pm
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I wrap mine..... I don't know why, I just always did it that way....

mommyandlovinit Posted 18 Oct 2007 , 11:09pm
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Does anybody wrap thereâs in aluminum foil? If not what should I wrap them in?

mamacc Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 12:03am
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I usually wrap them. The waxed cardboards are awesome if you can find those. They really don't absorb grease!...Well, at least on the top anyway..

Courtney

beachcakes Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 12:12am
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I wrap. I'm afraid of getting cardboard fuzzies in the cake i guess.

bradleycake Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 12:40am
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What do you use to wrap them with? Do you wrap it all the way around the board?

DianeLM Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 1:07am
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I used to wrap cardboard. Now, I use foamboard, which I don't wrap, but do use white electrical tape around the raw edge. Sometimes I'll wrap a cardboard in contact paper, but be careful, because it can be slippery.

KoryAK Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 3:33am
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I don't wrap mine

missmeg Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 4:40pm
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If the cake board will be hidden due to tier placement, I wrap in Cling Wrap. If it's the bottom "plate" that the cake will be presented on, I wrap in fanci foil.

Tracyj Posted 19 Oct 2007 , 4:39pm
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Is the foam board easy to get a center dowel thru?

mamacc Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 1:14am
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Originally Posted by DianeLM

I used to wrap cardboard. Now, I use foamboard, which I don't wrap, but do use white electrical tape around the raw edge. Sometimes I'll wrap a cardboard in contact paper, but be careful, because it can be slippery.





Diane, so you find that the foamboard holds up ok and doesn't get soggy like a cardboard? My concern is when doing 3D cakes and the boards are sitting inside the cake for a couple days. But I really would rather not have to wrap cake boards! Thanks for the electrical tape tip....that's a good one.

Courtney

DianeLM Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 1:23pm
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Courtney, this is what I love about foamboard. It does not get soggy. The paper will separate from the foam when it comes into contact with grease, hence the tape around the edge. The paper will show grease marks, but it won't disintegrate like cardboard.

bradleycake Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 3:44pm
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Where can you buy foamboard? I guess I'm not sure what that is.

mamacc Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 8:40pm
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Thanks Diane! I'm definitely going to try this out soon.


Courtney

DianeLM Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 9:21pm
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Originally Posted by bradleycake

Where can you buy foamboard? I guess I'm not sure what that is.



You can get it at craft stores and WalMart. It's a piece of white foam coated on both sides with white glossy paper. It comes in 3/16" and 1/2" thicknesses. You'll find it either by the mat boards or the school presentation materials.

I use 3/16" under tiers and the 1/2" for base boards.

mjs4492 Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 9:39pm
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bradleycake:
I wrap the cardboard circles with wax paper when I'm making a cake like your doing.
I've started using the 3/16" foam board and still wrap them..... and like someone else said, I'm not sure why either.

Granpam Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 9:41pm
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I wrap mine with Press and Seal. to keep the moisture from weakening the cardboard.

bradleycake Posted 20 Oct 2007 , 10:18pm
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Wow, thanks everyone for all of the great tips. This is why I love cake central!!!!!

Theresa50 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 12:26am
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i really hope this doesn't sound dumb.. but can wrapping paper be used to wrap the boards instead of foil or fanci foil? and contact paper can be used? just needing a festive way to decorate the boards.. icon_redface.gif

Chuff Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 2:20am
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I wrap the bottom board only - and I buy plastic tablecloths in the party section at wal-mart to wrap them in. One tablecloth covers many boards and they come in all colors and sometimes patterns around the holidays, so I can always color coordinate with my cake. They're 99 cents each.


I use foam board for large/heavy cakes and I cover it as well. I get it at wal-mart - it's usually right next to the posterboard on the school supply isle.

DianeLM Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 12:09pm
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Originally Posted by Theresa50

i really hope this doesn't sound dumb.. but can wrapping paper be used to wrap the boards instead of foil or fanci foil? and contact paper can be used? just needing a festive way to decorate the boards.. icon_redface.gif



Wrapping paper still needs to be covered with clear contact paper because the moisture from the cake will cause the dyes to bleed and the paper to get soggy and fall apart.

BTW, there are no dumb questions. icon_smile.gif

dellswife Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 1:58pm
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Originally Posted by Chuff

- and I buy plastic tablecloths in the party section at wal-mart to wrap them in. One tablecloth covers many boards and they come in all colors and sometimes patterns around the holidays, so I can always color coordinate with my cake. They're 99 cents each.




What a GREAT idea!

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Does wrapping the cake circles make it hard for the dowels to go through them?

doughdough Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 2:09pm
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Wow, thanks everyone for all of the great tips. This is why I love cake central!!!!!




I second that! thumbs_up.gif

SugarBakers05 Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 2:25pm
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I have a dumb question, but the board you're talking about- is it the thin cardboard (usually has scalloped edges) or are you talking about the firmer cake circle board that you rest cakes on. I'm doing a stacked cake soon, and I'm not sure which one you are supposed to use icon_redface.gif

jibbies Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 2:38pm
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I don't wrap the cake circles that are between stacked cakes. What I usually do is put the cake on a larger circle than needed, ice and then smooth, and after it has set up, I use very sharp scissors to cut the cardboard to fit the bottom of the cake perfectly.
The only board I cover is the bottom board that will be seen. I've not had a problem with grease soaking through or any construction problems and I have made some pretty tall and heavy cakes check out my photo to see what I'm talking about.

jibbies

shadowgypsie Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 3:01pm
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I wrap only my cake boards I am using as the cake base. I use Parchment paper. It gives the cake a nice clean and professional look. If I am covering with fondant I don't cover the boards just tape them together for strength.

Chuff Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 3:16pm
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I do not cover the boards in between tiers - only the bottom board that is seen.
Also, I poke a hole through the boards that my tiers will be on, in advance. Then I insert a long dowel through center of the bottom tier and slide all my other tiers down the dowel through the pre-drilled hole in the boards. Once my tiers are all stacked, I trim the excess dowel from the top and patched the hole. This prevents having to sharpen dowels, or force them through the tiers and it helps me keep the dowel perfectly strait. (I always had a problem with slanting my dowel as I put it through the etire cake and it casued my cakes to slide a bit) That's not been a problem with my current method of stacking!

dellswife Posted 26 Oct 2007 , 3:24pm
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Great idea Chuff! I am going to try that next time! icon_biggrin.gif

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