I've only ever made 2 layer cakes so I've never had to try this before
When I put the second tier on a cake board (say a 6" cake) do I use an 6" board? when I bought the boards the 6" board says for a 4 or 5" cake, but then so much is still showing. How do I cover it when it is on the cake?
am I using the wrong item to put my tier on? I'm using the Wilton Cardboard Cake boards. Oh - and am I supposed to cover them with something?
My head is spinning!
I always use the same size board. I'll even trim some so it doesn't show at the bottom of the cake. No board should be stickig out unless you need it for your design. You don't have to cover it with anything, just make sure that you are using icing or piping gel to make sure your cake sticks to the board and the same with attaching it to the tier underneath if you are not using plastic plate/dowling system. You should use hot glue or piping gel to attach your cake board to the plastic plate if you are using that type of system.
I usually make 8/6 inch tiered cakes. I use a 6 inch cakeboard for my 6 inch cake. You're not suppose to trim any of the cakeboard away as that is what will support your icing/fondant for that tier. If you trim away the cakeboard to fit just the cake the icing/fondant isn't supported. When you put a 6 inch cake on a 6 inch board it only leaves about 1/4 or less of board showing. By the time you ice and fondant the cake the board will be hidden. If not your border will hide anything that might be showing.
I cut my boards to the exact size of the cake, before the frosting goes on. Most of my designs don't have a border to hide a too-big board.
I use to trim mine until I read a post by Leah_S that said you shouldn't trim the boards because that was for the icing. I rarely use a border any wider than my clay extruder will produce and it covers any of the board that the fondant didn't hide. Actually after I put the fondnat on my cake there is maybe 1/8-1/16 of the board showing. Very easy to cover with my border.
I think I'll try using a smaller cake board. There is so much board showing when I looked at the bigger ones.
So - no need to cover the cardboard though?
I've only tried a tiered cake once, but in all of my research a lot of people say to use a piece of wax paper on the board. You can use a piece on the top and the bottom using icing of a glue gun. If you go on youtube, Tonedna has a great video on how she stacks her cakes.
No need to cover your cakeboard but I do put a piece of wax paper under it to keep it from sticking to the next cake.
Whew - OK - I think I can do this now!