Ok, I just read on another thread that you all do not cover your boards. I can think of one occasion where I did not cover my board with parchment paper and the oils from the cake and icing seeped into my board and it looked very unprofessional.
Do you cover your bottom boards if they are not waxed?
I also have trouble with the parchment paper and tape. I cannot find tape that will keep the parchment paper stuck to the bottom of the board.
I am certain these are all very beginner questions - but I am a beginner and am wanting to give the best presentation to my cake as possible.
Thanks so much!!
Cake boards...the boards that go between tiers on a stacked cake...are not seen by the guests. You can not see them under the cake till after cutting because they are exactly the size of the tier that sits upon them and at that point, no one cares...in fact, you expect to see a little moisture and bits of cake on the board to prove the cake is nice and moist.
The boards you need to cover are the ones that go under the bottom tier of a cake...the one that sticks out 2-4 inches from the bottom tier. If you just use a cardboard piece and don't cover it then when you present the cake you take the chance of grease spots due to your buttercream.
A much better way is to either buy the boards that are already covered in foil, buy foil made to cover the "presentation platform" or cover a few boards taped together or a "cake drum" with fondant and edge in more fondant or ribbon for a finished look.
Just take a look around the site and find the more polished looking cakes and see what their presentation platform looks like. You can order everything online if you don't have a cake supply store near you. Michaels Craft Stores do sell the foil but not the precovered boards or cake drums.
I USE CLEAR CONTACT PAPER TO COVER MINE...HELPS ALOT
I'm guessing the contact paper is food safe?
Thanks so much! I'll look around in the gallery!
Contact paper is not food safe.
Here's a similar thread that was started right before yours last night. It discusses baseboard coverings as well as interior cardboard circles. Hope you find it helpful.
I missed that one!
The cardboard circles that go between tiers...I don't cover those. They are made for this purpose and there is no need to cover.
The cake base that the finished cake sits o.n....of course I cover it. It wouldn't look very professional if I didn't.
And NO clear (or any other) contact paper isn't food safe.
Thank you VERY much!
I appreciate all the help!