Cake Board Cover (Wrapping Paper??)

Decorating By kellertur Updated 12 Jul 2013 , 5:26pm by PreTeaGirls

sweetcravings Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 5:04pm
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I do agree that this is a two person job, but like you say, when DH is at work, what are you to do? My 17 month old just can't seem to hold it straight. icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gif
The theory of laying it flat w/ the sticky side up makes sense, but it doesn't lay flat....it likes to curl up into a fetal position and doesn't want to uncurl very easily. Oh well, I'll keep working at it. thumbs_up.gif




Yup i've tried the lay it sticky side up on the table but the problem is when I go to take off the backing of the contact paper. The darn thing curls up and attaches itself to itself. Then i have to scrap the whole thing. I tried pulling the backing off ever so slowly but still i have this problem.

kellertur Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 5:11pm
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WOW !!! icon_eek.gif

I've never had this many responses before to ANY of my posts. Thank you all for keeping this thread going with all this info ~ I'm sure we can all benefit from it. (especially the part about contact paper... I'm a safety woman all the way, so that was also helpful)

marccrand Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 7:33pm
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First: No, contact paper is not considered food-safe.

Second: I use it ALL the time for my cake boards.

Third: A second pair of hands makes this job SOOOO much easier.

Fourth: If you're alone, try to to just uncover a corner of the contact paper and putting it in place and then pulling the paper off so that as it does, the sticky sits down where it's supposed to. So you're only covering a portion at a time. (does this make sense? icon_confused.gif ) It still takes practice and I don't get it perfect every time, but it helps.

SMcDonald Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 8:52pm
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Can I just say THANK YOU!!!! for starting this post. I have always wanted to find a cheaper way to make the boards look nice without taking too much time. I never thought of using wrapping paper before. Thanks for the great idea.

Shawna

Deb_ Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 9:42pm
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I use remnant pieces of fabric for my wedding cake or formal cake presentations.

I visit the fabric stores frequently anyway and I always go to their "flatfold" or "remnant" table. The ivory or white satin works great for wedding cakes, I've also used raw silk or taffeta. The fabric is plenty wide enough since it's usually at least 45" wide. If I want to get real fancy, I lay a colored fabric over the board and than lay a piece of lace over that and the color shows through. If I can ever figure out how to get my non digital photos on here you'll be able to see what I mean.

Oh, I don't put the cake right on the fabric covered board obviously, I place the cake on a cakeboard like you would if you were using wrapping paper to cover it.

Jocmom Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 9:59pm
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Originally Posted by marccrand

First: No, contact paper is not considered food-safe.

Second: I use it ALL the time for my cake boards.

Third: A second pair of hands makes this job SOOOO much easier.

Fourth: If you're alone, try to to just uncover a corner of the contact paper and putting it in place and then pulling the paper off so that as it does, the sticky sits down where it's supposed to. So you're only covering a portion at a time. (does this make sense? icon_confused.gif ) It still takes practice and I don't get it perfect every time, but it helps.




That stuff gets out of control, doesn't it? I had a piece of contact paper curl up and stick to my arm. Needless to say, I had to scrap that piece and start again. I just started covering my cakeboards with a couple layers of tissue paper (comes in every color and design you can think of) then I cover it with contact paper. Looks a whole lot better than the cake foil I was buying and it's a whole lot cheaper too.

crl Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 10:04pm
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When I cover my boards with contact paper, I start by peeling one side of the contact paper backing back about half way. I stick the edge to the counter top and center my board underneath it. I then slowly attach the portion of exposed contact paper to the board and smooth it. Then I hold the cake board and peel the rest of the backing off. As I do that, the contact paper automatically grabs the cake board and is smooth. Does that make sense?

cutthecake Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 10:16pm
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Contact Paper Tip: Expose about 1" of the sticky end (the first part off of the roll), then attach it to a formica (or other suitable) tabletop or counter. It will hold itself in place so you can slide the cake board under it. You keep one hand on the roll of contact paper while you slide the cakeboard under with the other hand. Place cake board far enough away from stuck edge so you have enough contact to go around to back. When the cake board is in place, peel back the rest of the protective paper, and smooth it over the board. Then unstick it from the table, fold the edges under, and neaten it up. You don't need four hands to do this.

jjkarm Posted 8 Sep 2008 , 10:20pm
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Maybe this is too simple, but it's worked for me......cut off the length of contact paper that you need. Before you take the paper off the back, roll the contact paper back up in the opposite direction. Then peel the paper off the back. This helps the contact paper not to curl as much, and it will lay pretty flat.

kellertur Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 12:40am
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Hmmm, this has really inspired me ~ here's my idea: icon_rolleyes.gif

I'm a sculptor (and do a bit of welding from time to time), and wonder if I cut a shape (any I guess) from steel (using a cutting torch), polish it / finish it, and then have a really COOL art piece/cake board? I'm thinking mirror finish or even rustic with "holes", but treated to be food safe, etc.??? Depending on the cake design...
icon_confused.gif Or does that idea sound really lame??? icon_confused.gif

I've been searching for a way to incorporate my sculptural skills into this "gig", beyond just the cake carving, etc... ???? detective.gif

mommyle Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 1:05am
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totally NOT lame!!!! That is awesome!!! make sure you get a good deposit for your work, though!

Ballymena Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 5:27pm
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Okay, I will try and explain how to attach the contact plastic to the top of your cake board smoothly.
1. Let's start using a board no wider than the width of your contact sheet. Peel about 1" of the paper off the back and fold it onto itself, away from the sticky side. Carefully center and attach the 1" sticky side to the top edge of your board, smooth down with your fingers so it is adhered securely. Now, here is another use for a credit card. Reach under the contact sheet and get a hold of the loose end of the backing paper. As you pull it off, very slowly, use your credit card as a squeegee and using a bit of pressure rubbing towards the paper backing, rub the plastic down onto the cake board. Continue bit by bit until it is all down smoothly. Flip the board over onto a cutting surface and with a sharp exacto or craft knife, cut along the edge of your board to get rid of the contact sheet overhang.

2. If you need to use 2 widths of contact sheeting to cover your board, start from the center of your board with the first sheet and work to the outer edge. Do the same for the other side with a 1/8" overlap.

On another note, if I am doing a large cake I like to use a styro foam base, after I cover it I hot glue on a width of ribbon on the vertical edge the same width as the board thickness. makes for a nice looking board and hides the creases and overlaps of the surface paper.

Ballymena Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 5:31pm
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Okay, I will try and explain how to attach the contact plastic to the top of your cake board smoothly.
1. Let's start using a board no wider than the width of your contact sheet. Peel about 1" of the paper off the back and fold it onto itself, away from the sticky side. Carefully center and attach the 1" sticky side to the top edge of your board, smooth down with your fingers so it is adhered securely. Now, here is another use for a credit card. Reach under the contact sheet and get a hold of the loose end of the backing paper. As you pull it off, very slowly, use your credit card as a squeegee and using a bit of pressure rubbing towards the paper backing, rub the plastic down onto the cake board. Continue bit by bit until it is all down smoothly. Flip the board over onto a cutting surface and with a sharp exacto or craft knife, cut along the edge of your board to get rid of the contact sheet overhang.

2. If you need to use 2 widths of contact sheeting to cover your board, start from the center of your board with the first sheet and work to the outer edge. Do the same for the other side with a 1/8" overlap.

On another note, if I am doing a large cake I like to use a styro foam base, after I cover it I hot glue on a width of ribbon on the vertical edge the same width as the board thickness. makes for a nice looking board and hides the creases and overlaps of the surface paper.

Ballymena Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 5:42pm
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sorry about the double entery above. My computer froze up and I didn't think the first reply posted, guess I should have checked.

gummy_buns Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 6:10pm
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Do icing on your board instead of paper. Do royal or just your buttercream or fondant then you can make the details fit with the cake always loved that look! HTH

gummy_buns Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 6:11pm
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Do icing on your board instead of paper. Do royal or just your buttercream or fondant then you can make the details fit with the cake always loved that look! HTH

gummy_buns Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 6:12pm
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Do icing on your board instead of paper. Do royal or just your buttercream or fondant then you can make the details fit with the cake always loved that look! HTH

sueco Posted 9 Sep 2008 , 7:04pm
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Instead of using wrapping paper on my cake boards, I cover the top of them (if I'm using 12" or smaller) with scrapbooking paper, then I place contact paper over that. Scrapbooking papers come in a million different designs, and they are also very colorful. They are also inexpensive ($0.50 a sheet). I then put ribbon around the side of the cakeboard as a finishing touch. It's worked for me every time. Also, scrapbook paper is usually a little thicker than some wrapping papers, so I don't have to worry about it possibly tearing on me.

sweetisome Posted 10 Sep 2008 , 2:41pm
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Oh My! so many ideas, so little time. I have 3 cakes coming up and I can't wait to try all of these ideas! I'm so tired of looking at the foil! Does any one else get as bored with the same old cakes as I do?

lomikesa Posted 11 Sep 2008 , 12:49am
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Yep. It's with the other shelf liners and such. I love this idea, and I use it all the time, my only complaint is that I can never get the contact paper to lay perfectly smooth on the wrapping paper. There always seem to be creases and folds. I try to get these in the middle so that the cake will cover them up, but it never seems to work that way. Sometimes I'm such a perfectionist that these little creases really bug me. If anyone has any tips for this, I'm all ears. icon_smile.gif[/quote]

I use wrapping paper all the time, I buy it from the Dollar Tree store and I use contact paper to cover it, and of course I put the cake on a cake circle and some buttercream to cement it. I too had a problem with creases and bubbles, my husband suggested I use a Squeegee and got me one. And it works great! Before I fold the contact paper under the cake circle I start by wiping with the squeegee from the center out.

I hope this helps.

Lomikesa

lomikesa Posted 11 Sep 2008 , 12:57am
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here is picture of a squeegee.
LL

kellertur Posted 11 Sep 2008 , 4:07am
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here is picture of a squeegee.





"Squeegee" ~ I wonder who came up with THAT word. For some reason, that word cracks me up... icon_lol.gif

ttaunt Posted 11 Jul 2013 , 7:07pm
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I use wrapping paper all the time,and just put a cake doily same size as cake. It doesn't show and protects cake.

PreTeaGirls Posted 12 Jul 2013 , 5:22pm
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I use wrapping paper and clear contact paper all the time.  I find the clear contact paper at my local Dollar Tree all the time.  (Glendale, AZ)
And I use a credit card to get the air bubbles and creases out of the contact paper.icon_smile.gif

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