Friday, August 29, 2014

Tutorial: How to Cover A Cake Board With Fondant





Today, we are going to talk about cake boards.  What are they?  They are the board that goes underneath your cake so you can transport it around.  They come in all kinds of shapessizes
and colors.  A cake board can be made from cardboard, wood, or plastic.

When making a tiered cake, I use a cake board under each tier to make the tiers easy to move.  The board underneath all of my cakes is usually a bit bigger.  You can cover the board with fancy paper, tinfoil, fondant, or nothing at all.

Why cover your cake board with fondant?  I think that for cakes covered in fondant, when you cover the board in fondant too, it gives a nice flow from the cake to the board.

How To Cover Your Cake Board In Fondant

You want to cover your cake board several days in advance.  The fondant needs time to dry.  If you can, it's not a bad idea to knead a bit of gum paste  into your fondant to speed drying times.

  1. Color fondant
  2. Roll out fondant to the size of your cake board.  You want the fondant to be about 1/8 in thick.  Use the cake board as a measuring tool to be sure that you succeeded in this endeavor.
  3. Cover the top and sides of your cake board with piping gel.  Piping gel will make your fondant stick to the board.  You can buy piping get in giant tubs, but I don't use it very often so I just picked up a tube.  It's a better idea to go with clear/white rather than black because black could show through lighter covered fondant. (Do as I say, not as I do).
  4. Place cake board piping gel side down on your fondant.  Flip the whole thing over.  Smooth fondant with your hands over the surface and down the sides of the cake board to eliminate air bubbles.
  5. Trim off excess fondant.
  6. Allow to dry.

Blast from the past-here are some previous cake decorating tutorials to help you along:

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