lynne7583 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:27pm
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I see some pictures with different color boards and wonder how they do it. The only ones I can find are foil and white drums and cardboard. 

 

Excluding using fondant too cover it, how do you decorate yours?

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cazza1 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:31pm
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If you don't want to use fondant but want colour you can use contact.

lynne7583 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:42pm
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What is contact?

kikiandkyle Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:50pm
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Contact paper, it's plastic stuff that's got a pattern on one side and a sticky back that you can use to adhere it to stuff.

cazza1 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:51pm
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It a plastic type substance with sticky backing.  Kids in Australia quite often cover their school books with it to help them last the year.  It comes in clear and colours and patterns. 

lynne7583 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 12:51pm
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Thanks. Where can i find that? My cake supply store?

rsquared02 Posted 20 Mar 2013 , 1:39pm
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I usually find it at home improvement stores such as Menard's, Lowe's, etc.  

cazza1 Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 9:07am
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In Australia you can buy it at places like Target, Kmart etc and also stationery stores.
 

kikiandkyle Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 12:45pm
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You have Target in Australia? I'm packing my bags!

Bluehue Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 3:38pm
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You have Target in Australia? I'm packing my bags!

Lolllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll - love it.

Come on down - the weather is warm and the beer is cold   icon_smile.gif

 

Bluehue

carmijok Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 4:08pm

You can get any kind of paper to put on your board and then cover that with the clear contact paper.  The contact paper was designed to be used as a drawer and shelf liner  and it is located where the home organization stuff is in stores.  I've used it before but am not crazy about it.  I find that whatever paper I use will be dulled considerably because of the opacity of the Contact paper.  It technically IS 'clear' in that you can see through it, but it is not super clear.

 

I use primarily white freezer paper to cover my boards.  You find it in the foil section.  It's food safe so you can apply your cake directly to it. (With the contact paper you need to have your cake on it's own little cake circle so it won't be directly on the surface)   It's sturdy...easy to clean (shiny side up!) and looks very nice when you wrap  a coordinating ribbon around the sides.  It's also cheap.   Depending on what the cake design is, I will sometimes bring elements of the cake (vines, flowers, etc.) down onto the board to tie in with the cake more.  I have covered with fondant before and I do love the look, however it is a PIA (for me anyway) to apply.  If I practiced more, I'd probably get better at it!

HTH! 
 

AZCouture Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 4:14pm

Sturdy drums, with a thin layer of fondant, and a fabric ribbon wrapped around the edge. I am a stickler for a clean finished board. It completes the presentation of the cake! icon_wink.gif

AZCouture Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 4:16pm
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I have covered with fondant before and I do love the look, however it is a PIA (for me anyway) to apply.  If I practiced more, I'd probably get better at it!

HTH! 
 

Oh my word, girl it's the easiest thing in the world! And you barely need any. I rub the drum with a bit of shortening, roll out the fondant super thin, drape it on, and the gently roll over it with my rolling pin to get the fondant all the way to the edges. Then, you can cut most of it off from the middle (where the cake sits and you wouldn't see it anyways-saves a little more!). Then, gently press and rotate your fondant smoother up against the edge to neatly sever it. 

carmijok Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 4:27pm
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Oh my word, girl it's the easiest thing in the world! And you barely need any. I rub the drum with a bit of shortening, roll out the fondant super thin, drape it on, and the gently roll over it with my rolling pin to get the fondant all the way to the edges. Then, you can cut most of it off from the middle (where the cake sits and you wouldn't see it anyways-saves a little more!). Then, gently press and rotate your fondant smoother up against the edge to neatly sever it. 


Well you make it sound easy for sure!   My problem is the rolling and draping part.  I don't cover my cakes with fondant so my experience with it is limited to decor only!  When I try to roll the stuff to a nice size round (or something that could be cut into a round or square), it's just a mess.  It's why I make terrible pie crusts!  Something about me and rolling pins don't mix--- BUT you've given me hope, so next time I will definitely try it again because I do love the look!  Thanks!thumbs_up.gif

Claire138 Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 5:46pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 

Oh my word, girl it's the easiest thing in the world! And you barely need any. I rub the drum with a bit of shortening, roll out the fondant super thin, drape it on, and the gently roll over it with my rolling pin to get the fondant all the way to the edges. Then, you can cut most of it off from the middle (where the cake sits and you wouldn't see it anyways-saves a little more!). Then, gently press and rotate your fondant smoother up against the edge to neatly sever it. 

That's what I do too. Easy as pie and gives a really nice and professional look.

elsbells Posted 21 Mar 2013 , 6:05pm

AHi I'm from the uk and I've just been to a cake show and bough 'the mat'. You roll your fondant between two sheets and it makes covering cakes and boards soooo much easier! I'm a beginner and its the best bit of equipment I've bought. Hope this helps xxx

Amycakes12 Posted 22 Mar 2013 , 5:20am

AOMG I love mine!! It is so helpful BUT I've found that MMF and Duffs fondant stick terribly and form air pockets. I had an emergency white fondant outage so I sent my hubs to Michaels and thought Duffs would be better than Wilton's and lets just say he had to go back!! I've found that Fondx, Satin Ice, and Fondarific work the best! I even got my 9 year old daughter the mini so she gets to help so much more often now!!

cazza1 Posted 22 Mar 2013 , 5:59am

I love my 'Mat' too.

 

Lynne I saw on another thread where a lady was using a large picture frame.  I'm not sure if it was glass or acrylic but she change the look for different cakes by changing the pattern of the paper that she placed under the glass.  I keep meaning to look when I am up the street for something to try like this but I'm a scatterbrain.

NJsugarmama Posted 24 Mar 2013 , 1:39am

AI bet using laminated cotton over the boards would look pretty awesome. Especially a Amy Butler pattern!

lynne7583 Posted 24 Mar 2013 , 4:43pm

Thanks everyone

Babbo Posted 25 Mar 2013 , 1:48pm

It sounds daft but i have never thought of using this "contact paper" In the uk my mum says its called "Fabulon" although i would say adhesive film ;-) thanks for the tip    ;-)

kikiandkyle Posted 25 Mar 2013 , 2:44pm

It's sticky back plastic - but with a pattern on it instead of being clear. 

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