How to Cover a Cake Board

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Professional cake decorators use covered boards to enhance the presentation of their cakes. Whether you're making a cake for a birthday or a wedding, you can cover the board that holds the cake with foil or wrapping paper for a finished touch. Cake boards, available in hobby stores and some supermarkets, are round or oblong pieces of heavy cardboard, but you can cut your own cake boards from a solid piece of cardboard.

Things You'll Need

  • Cake board Foil or wrapping paper Scissors Pen Cellophane tape
  • Choose a cake board at least two inches in diameter larger than your cake layer. This allows a minimum of one inch around the base of the cake on which to add an icing border or sugar designs.

  • Cut or tear off a section of foil or wrapping paper and place it right side down on the counter-top. Basic aluminum foil is sufficient for everyday cakes but paper or foil cake board wrap adds a touch of professionalism to your cake.

  • Place the bare cake board on top of the paper and hold it firmly in place while tracing around the perimeter with the pen. This transfers the shape of the board onto the wrong side of your paper or foil.

  • Remove the cake board and draw another line, two inches wider than the first. It doesn't have to be exact but make it fairly accurate.

  • Cut out the larger shape and make small cuts along the edge of the paper, extending from the outside edge to within ¼-inch of the inside line. Space the cuts approximately one inch apart all the way around.

  • Place the cake board back on the center of the cut paper, using a small piece of cellophane tape to hold it in place.

  • Fold each cut paper strip onto the cake board, taping it into place. Gently smooth the edge of the paper onto the cardboard as you work your way around the cake until all the pieces are taped neatly in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a small dab of icing on the center of the covered cake board to keep your cake layer from sliding off the board. Choose wrapping paper with a smooth shiny surface that will resist color fading when it comes into contact with damp icing. After covering the cake board, you can add a special touch by gluing a narrow piece of lace or ribbon along the edge of the cake board with a hot glue gun.

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