Hi all - I am only starting out and never really covered cake boards before. I have seen a lot of people using wrapping paper to cover their boards - so my question is: - can you just put your sponge cake on top of the wrapping paper or do you have to put something else between the wrapping paper and sponge cake?
I am thinking that putting the sponge directly onto the wrapping paper, is mostly likely going to make the wrapping paper go really wet over time?
Thanks in advance x x
You'd need a barrier between the cake and wrapping paper. Personally I use freezer paper to cover my boards (shiny side up).
Another thing you can do is cover a cake board in fondant and put ribbon around the edge. Also, either way, you can put your cake on a smaller board that is the same size as your cake (you can buy these at Michaels) and then when you get it frosted you can easilly tape or stick with a bit of Royal Icing the smaller board onto the decorated base and go ahead then and finish the decorating/edging. Hope that helps!
I use white contact paper for my boards. I know it is not specifically "food grade" but it has worked perfectly. I have even been able to use some of the colors for special occasions!
Just curious, why do you have to put something in between the cake and the foil paper you buy. I have heard this and to be honest have never done it. I buy the foil paper from wilton or a wilton distributor so it never dawned on me until a saw a post a couple weeks back. Note: I only make cakes for family.
If you put a cake on a board, you don't need to put anything else. However, you should never put anything that's not "food grade" in contact with your food. Wrapping paper certainly isn't food safe, so that's why you need a barrier.
I put everythign on a cake board, even if I have to custom cut one (which I do, often). I tend to use florist's paper to wrap a board (if I'm not using fondant).
I am thinking that putting the sponge directly onto the wrapping paper, is mostly likely going to make the wrapping paper go really wet over time? Thanks in advance x x
Absolutely NEVER put a cake directly on ANY printed paper or contact paper---there is lead in the dyes and it will leach into the cake!!!!!!
At a very minimum, you need a cakeboard under the cake (same size as the cake) before attaching it to the decorative board. If icing will come into contact with the decorative board, you need to cover the colored paper with clear saran/cling wrap, clear contact paper, or place a circle of wax paper or parchment a bit larger than the cake under the cake and allow the border to contact that.
I believe the Wilton foils are food safe, to answer circket0616's question.
Yes, the Wilton Fanci-Foils are food safe.
Most of the other decorative/colored foils are not food safe. The colors in them also have lead in them.
Thanks guys for all your advice x
Here's a link to instructions to make really nice decorative cake boards. And the cellaphane wrap is on sale everywhere-after Easter.
I cut my boards out of 3/4 inch plywood and cover them in fondant to match the cake and then ribbon edge them. I like the way it ties it all together