Cake Boards? Bigger Than Cake Or Smaller?

Decorating By weidertm24 Updated 3 Sep 2012 , 10:00pm by DeliciousDesserts

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weidertm24 Posted 3 Sep 2012 , 7:55pm
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So almost everytime I make a cake the cake board is right about the exact size of the cake. However than it makes it hard to frost the cake in an even layer of buttercream. Do you think I should buy cake boards that is an extra 1/8" or 1/4" bigger than the cake I'm baking? What do you suggest?

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leah_s Posted 3 Sep 2012 , 8:19pm
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Cake boards come in standard sizes, so I don't think you will be able to buy a board that is only 1/8" or 1/4": bigger than the cake.

When cakes bake they shrink a bit from the size of the pan. An 8" cake should fit perfectly on a 8" board with *just* enough space for the icing, which you take to the edge of the board. Using a bench scraper, you use the edge of the board to guide you to an even amount of icing.

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weidertm24 Posted 3 Sep 2012 , 8:53pm
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Hmm my cakes don't seem to shrink enough. Is there something in the baking part I could be doing wrong.

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DeliciousDesserts Posted 3 Sep 2012 , 10:00pm
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Mine shrink just enough that the crumbcoat fits on the same size board.

If I am putting the cake on a presentation board, obviously I use a larger board. If it is going on a stacked cake, I use a masonite board bigger than my cake. I can wash & reuse the masonite boards. More importantly, I don't get the little wobbles that corrugated cardboard sometimes makes.

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