manlscott Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 7:15pm

Okay, so I am totally new to cake decorating.  New as in making-my-first-cake-in-2-days new!  I am making a big sheet cake. I already have my MMF made and ready to go!  My questions are...

  • Do you decorate your cake on one cake board, then move to a clean board before putting the cake in the box?
  • Should the cake board be the exact same dimensions as the cake itself, or should it be slightly bigger than the cake?

I appreciate any help/tips you can give me!

Thanks!

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-K8memphis Posted 12 Mar 2013 , 7:25pm
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Originally Posted by manlscott 

Okay, so I am totally new to cake decorating.  New as in making-my-first-cake-in-2-days new!  I am making a big sheet cake. I already have my MMF made and ready to go!  My questions are...

  • Do you decorate your cake on one cake board, then move to a clean board before putting the cake in the box?
  • Should the cake board be the exact same dimensions as the cake itself, or should it be slightly bigger than the cake?

I appreciate any help/tips you can give me!

Thanks!

 

you can put your cake on a board the same size, decorate it then place it on a bigger board

 

attach it with a blob of icing or hot glue

 

if you place it on the final board first (which is fine) you will want to put some waxed paper over the exposed edges so as you ice the cake the board won't get all dirty with buttercream blops & drops

 

big sheet cakes especially (and all cakes) need inflexible boards --if the board flexes your decor can crack or get wrinkled or worse so be sure your boards can take the weight without bending

 

slightly bigger board would be for example --a 9x13 cake you would have a board at least 4 inches bigger ergo 11x17--that gives you a 2" bottom board showing all the way around the 9x13 cake

 

typically i like to put quarter sheets on half sheet boards so they fit in the half sheet box

 

i cut most all my boards

 

there is no right or wrong way per se--you can do it any way you want

 

those are some thoughts on the subject

 

best baking to you!!!!

shebaben Posted 13 Mar 2013 , 1:33am

I was also taught that, when you are ready to put the cake in the box, leave the front bottom flap unfolded so you can slide the cake in rather than having to lower it. Then fasten it up and hope the sides don't touch!
 

manlscott Posted 13 Mar 2013 , 11:35pm

Thanks so much!

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