I am on a one woman mission to end the nakedness – of cake boards.
Now, I’m not talking about a thin board for a quick cheesecake or dessert. I’m talking about iced and decorated cakes. Cakes that have taken you a long time to decorate and you want to properly show off, quite right too.
A cake board is an extension of your cake and should be used as such but it is often and easily overlooked. If we turn our attention to it however it’s perfect for adding a message, continuing the design or having a completely separate design all together! Anyone who has been on a class with me, or even had a cakey conversation with me in general, will know just how passionate I am about cake boards! Now, this might seem like an odd passion to have and might indicate that I don’t have much of a social life. (You’d be right on both counts. 😉 )
Covering a cake board doesn’t have to be expensive. You can use whatever sugarpaste you have left over from icing your cake or a small pack of sugarpaste from a supermarket. As well as this, you can usually pick up a meter of ribbon for less than £1. It’s another thing to think about, but the end result is spectacular. It really finishes a cake off. There are so many texture mats and textured rolling pins available on the market that creating a show stopping effect can be quite simple.
I recommend using a 12mm cake board for your celebration cakes. To cover a cake board in sugarpaste, roll out your icing to 5mm thick on a corn floured surface, turning the sugarpaste as you roll to get an even shape and to stop it sticking. Spray your drum lightly with water or dampen with a piece of kitchen roll, or paint with piping gel and then using your rolling pin to lift your sugarpaste, lay it gently on the board, securing it with your hand and cutting off the excess with a sharp knife. For best results, leave to set overnight.
Then, to apply a board ribbon, use 5mm double sided sticky tape and a 15mm width ribbon. The hardest part here is peeling off the backing of the tape! Or you can use Washi tape.
Below are a few more examples of how to use a cake board as part of the final cake design.
So, I say to you, let’s work together to end the nakedness once and for all and give the humble cake board the love and attention is truly deserves! Check out my video below on the subject where I show you how to cover a cake board with sugarpaste.
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