Do you ask customer if they want a fondant covered board? If so do you charge them more for it?
no I don’t ask — as to an upcharge depends on the design but only the edge that shows has to be covered — if it was just a normal covered board no I wouldn’t charge extra — well a couple bucks for the fondant itself but just depends on the overall design — if it had to be striped or something intricate yes definitely — boil it all down it’s a judgement call
The time and the cost of materials is minimal when covering a board. I always think a cake looks far more professional and finished when the board is covered. I personally would never send a cake out with a naked board.
I'm with Fabricake. I only make cakes as a hobby, but I always cover the drums they sit on. A simple decorated drum helps to really bring the entire look of the cake together. Nothing brings the look of a cake down, in my opinion, then it sitting on a undecorated cake board or drum. It is like putting on a fancy cocktail dress, doing your hair and makeup and then wearing a pair of dirty flip flops.
Personally I have not done this but have read where people cover the board, then cut out the fondant where the cake will sit thereby 'saving money' by 'not wasting what will not be seen/eaten'. Take the suggestion or not :)
That's interesting. I like that concept.
I follow a baker on YouTube that has a toilet seat method for her fondant covered boards. Once the cake is in place she then cuts a rolled piece of fondant to look like a toilet seat and then adheres it to the board. Her channel is Little Cherry Cake and she has a tutorial on how she does it, if you are interested.
l always do exactly as kakeladi suggested, cover the board, then cut out a circle in the middle, slightly smaller than the cake. Easy and saves about half of he fondant.