stellacc Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 7:40pm
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What are people using to cover cakeboards in different colors. I know some people use fondant ,but what else can be used?

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mkm25 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:00pm
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Fondant is my favorite covering for cake boards because it's so customizable. However, I know you can also buy paper specifically made to cover the cake boards, and they come in different colors. I have also covered some cake boards in wrapping paper, but you have to be careful because the wrapping paper will absorb some of the grease from the buttercream...and that's not very appetizing. Hope that helps!

PinkLisa Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:17pm
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I use fondant or royal icing. The royal icing looks almost like fondant when it's dry.

Texas_Rose Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:23pm
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I use leftover fondant...just freeze my fondant scraps until I need them. Usually my cake boards are darker colors so it's easy to use up scraps.

But you can also buy fanci-foil at the cake decorating store in lots of colors, or use tissue paper with plastic wrap over it, or wrapping paper with plastic wrap over it.

Win Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:33pm
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Originally Posted by mkm25

I have also covered some cake boards in wrapping paper, but you have to be careful because the wrapping paper will absorb some of the grease from the buttercream...and that's not very appetizing. Hope that helps!




You have to be careful if you use wrapping paper... it is generally not considered food safe. You can cover it in plastic and then it becomes acceptable. In that same category is scrapbook pages.... for small cakes, again covered in plastic.

I, most often, use fondant but also use royal icing on occasion. You thin it some and pour it on the board for a smooth look. It takes a few days to really set hard.

Molly2 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 8:51pm
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I just started using plastic table covers you find at the party shops you get a lot of covering from one tablecloth and they come in many colors and sometimes they are only 99 cents per tablecloth thats what I used on my pirate ship cake. I'm hooked

Molly thumbs_up.gif

nannie Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:19pm
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PinkLisa

how do you apply the RI?

Do you brush it on?

thanks

cherrycakes Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:19pm
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You can buy food-safe cello wrap at Michaels and then cover paper or tissue with that- it's something I do often.

PinkLisa Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:29pm
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Nannie -- I thin the royal icing and then just pour it on. I use a brush to move it around if needed and to get it right up to the edges. It sets really hard so you don't have to worry about fingerprints while lifting the cake.

idgalpal Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:31pm

PinkLisa- I love this idea!

Irish245 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:32pm

I usually use contact paper.

Irish245 Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:32pm

I usually use contact paper.

cakebakinmom Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 9:36pm

I use plastic table covers also. They work great!

Jenteach Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 10:30pm

I knew about fondant, royal icing and wrapping paper with plastic wrap, but what a great idea to use plastic table covers. I will have to remember that tip!

Thanks

Jen

pattycakesnj Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 10:37pm

I use melted candy melts which come in a wide array of colors. Just brush on with paint brush and allow to harden before putting cake on top.

nannie Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 10:54pm

thanks, PinkLisa

I've only done fondant before. I'll definitly try this icon_biggrin.gif

PinkLisa Posted 22 Jul 2009 , 11:10pm

Good luck nannie -- it's a trick I learned from Colette Peters. I love her books and recently saw a demonstration by her. I think that's the only way she covers her boards. I like using a food product to cover the board. Just seems to go better with the cake. It is a bit more work using fondant or royal icing and probably a bit more expensive. Another interesting point is that Colette only uses Carma fondant for her cakes which is very expensive. I'd love to try it to see how much better it tastes but I will need a really special reason for thaticon_smile.gif

Rylan Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 12:09am

I like the royal icing idea. I never thought of that.

tracey1970 Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 12:51am

Wrapping paper, plastic table cloths, and Contact paper are not food safe to put a cake directly on. When I use a cake board covering that is not food safe, I either set the cake on another, same-sized cake board and then put that on the larger board or I use that food-safe cellophane you can buy at Michael's (and elsewhere). I wrap the covered board in that cellophane and can place the cake directly on that.

billymj52 Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 2:18am

I use a plastic tablecloth also. I don't see why this isn't food safe when they are made specifically to be used on a table where there is food. Can anyone explain please.

dnack Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 3:28am

I use florist foil but you have to put another board of a smaller size under the cake to make it food safe. Or cover it with plastic wrap.

madgeowens Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 5:26am

I cover the cake board with wrap papper and then cut another board that is between cake and this covered board, I cut it so you cannot see its edges.

iownajane Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 10:16am

I've used plastic table cloths cut up(poker cakes),and often wrapping paper...I recover that with plastic wrap..that way I can pull it tight and glue only on the back..and there's always a board under the cake....so it's all safe icon_smile.gif

pumpkinroses Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 10:52am

PinkLisa - I love the RI idea! But when using the RI do you have to create some kind of edge so the RI doesn't run off or is the texture not that thin?

alvarezmom Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 1:28pm
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Originally Posted by billymj52

I use a plastic tablecloth also. I don't see why this isn't food safe when they are made specifically to be used on a table where there is food. Can anyone explain please.




I'm also curious about this. I would think if you put plastic wrap over the tissue paper, wrapping paper it would be food safe---why the extra cake board?

sarkee Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 1:51pm

If you use fondant or royal icing....do they get soft from the icing you put on the cake if you use bc? Never tried either of these always use the fanci foil. Just wondering. Thanks

jukesbox Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 1:55pm

I use freezer paper. It's coated on one side and that's the side I have "up". I duct tape it on the back to hold. Works like a charm, food safe, and inexpensive. Of course, you only get white, but that's not a big deal to me. If I'm doing a wedding cake, I'll use fancifoil.

PinkLisa Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 2:17pm

pumpkinroses - I make the royal icing thick enough that I actually have to spread it with a brush a bit to reach the edges. Curiously, it just clings to the edge when you spread it (I use a foamcore board). I don't think it's a problem though if it runs a bit off the edge since you would likely cover the edge with a ribbon.

sarkee -- I use a cardboard base on all my cakes so extra moisture is not a problem with the fondant or royal icing base. If you don't want to use a cardboard base under your cake, you could cut out the space in the center of the fondant that the cake will sit on. That also saves on fondant, since why cover the underpart of the cake?

PinkLisa Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 2:19pm

pumpkinroses - I make the royal icing thick enough that I actually have to spread it with a brush a bit to reach the edges. Curiously, it just clings to the edge when you spread it (I use a foamcore board). I don't think it's a problem though if it runs a bit off the edge since you would likely cover the edge with a ribbon.

sarkee -- I use a cardboard base on all my cakes so extra moisture is not a problem with the fondant or royal icing base. If you don't want to use a cardboard base under your cake, you could cut out the space in the center of the fondant that the cake will sit on. That also saves on fondant, since why cover the underpart of the cake?

ColeAlayne Posted 23 Jul 2009 , 2:43pm

I love the RI idea and will use it on my next cake. Normally I use wrapping paper and clear contact paper. You can also find some cute contact prints. i just wrap my board like a present. I also love using the craft foam boards you can find at any craft store. They are more durable than a cardboard and do come in several colors. they work well with the clear contact paper.

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