Can I use something other than fondant and silver/gold grease proof paper from Wilton to cover cake boards. Won't regular wrapping paper get soggy under the cake? I want to add some color to the boards...
I personally wouldn't suggest you use wrapping paper because that isn't food safe.
Yes I always use fondant to cover boards, I think it finishes the cake and of course it's safe too. You can always paint the fondant with edible colour pastes if you want something different.
Sometimes I use wrapping paper but cover it with clear contact paper
I have read other posts that some people wrap their boards in wrapping paper, but then cover the wrapping paper in cellophane. This is the stuff that Food Gift baskets are wrapped in to look presentable. You can get his at Michae's, Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.
Thanks for the info on using clear contact paper with wrapping paper. I'm working a cake project now and I'm stuck too as to what to cover my drum cake boards. I want 1 to be pink and 1 to be blue. Did not want to use color foil cake paper.
Thanks for asking this! I really wanted to know!
Yes one can use *anything* to cover boards - fabric; wrapping paper; plastic tablecloths; freezer paper; aluminum foil, and the list goes on.
Now, the trick is to put the cake on a board the same size as the cake. Sometimes it works better to cover a (larger than normal) base board with (say) cloth, then elevate the cake a bit (like use 3 boards glued together, or a 1" piece of styro) before putting the cake on a plain covered board slightly larger than cake (so you can pipe boarder). Yes, it takes extra $$$ to use so many covered boards but when you want a nice, special presentation it is worth it.
You can use anything you want to cover your presentation board. The key is for your cake not to sit on anything that is not edible. I usually use a cake circle under the cake and this is what sits on the board.
What else other than cardboard can you put right under the cake. Something that's cheap and a little "heavier duty" than a wilton cake board? I've heard that other cake decorator's around my area use something different than cardboard. But I'm not about going to ask
Casey, you can use foam core board. You can buy it already cut into cake circles, or buy sheets of it and cut them to the sizes that you need. I usually buy the sheets at Hobby Lobby when they're on sale for $1 each. You have to wrap them though because who knows what they may have touched before you bought them. I wrap them with foil or plastic wrap.
Okay, thanks! I know I sound like a moron but you never know unless you ask. I will definitely try this. I hate it when my cake boards buckle! It dosen't happen but every once in a while but argh... that's enough! Thanks again.