Last Updated on December 29, 2022
Cake boards are great for decorating your cake and transporting them. Though you can buy them, knowing how to make your own cake board can save you money.
Cake boards are a simple way to give your cake support and some added decoration. They are an elegant way to add a special touch to the cake you make for your next celebration, whether that is a birthday party or wedding. You only need a few ingredients to make your very own cake board at home.
What is a Cake Board?
A cake board is used to support a cake, or cupcakes, make transportation easier, and improve presentation. They are made from a hard material, such as cardboard, and wrapped in foil. They come in different sizes and shapes, like circles or rectangles.
They are highly recommended for cakes with multiple tiers, as the added support is beneficial. People often write on them with frosting as well for additional decoration. They come in a variety of different colors, though silver is the most common.
A small amount of frosting is often added to the top to help keep the cake in place. It also provides a solid base for when cutting the cake into slices.
Making Your Own Cake Board
Though you can buy cake boards, making your own allows you to customize it however you like. You can make them in any shape or color you would like. This is great for making a special one for a birthday party, wedding, baby shower, or anniversary.
When making a cake board at home, you can use supplies that you likely already have at home. Heavy-duty cardboard, tin foil, or even wrapping paper. By using scissors or an Exacto knife you can cut the cardboard to the exact size you need, then cover it with wrapping paper or foil.
For your cake board, you will ideally want a border that is at least two inches larger than the cake if you plan to have an elaborate design. This will give you enough support for your cake and room to write a message if desired. However, if you have a simply decorated cake with no writing on the board, it can be only slightly larger than your cake.
Cutting the Cardboard
Ideally, you want to use cardboard that is 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick in width. If you want, you can attach two pieces of cardboard together to create a thicker board.
Before you cut the cardboard, measure out the size you need and trace it onto the cardboard. If needed, you can trace the cake pan you used or one that is slightly larger than the pan you used. Once you are ready, carefully use an Exacto knife or scissors to cut your cardboard.
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Lining with Foil or Wrapping Paper
After you cut your cardboard, trim off any rough edges to create a smooth border. Then choose wrapping paper or tin foil to wrap the cardboard. Using wrapping paper allows you to choose from many beautiful different designs and colors. It makes for an elegant yet fun finish.
Before cutting your wrapping paper or tin foil, measure it out accordingly. Leave about an additional 2-3 inches of wrapping paper or foil to ensure you have enough extra material.
Place your cut liner of choice on your cardboard base. Tightly fold the wrapping paper on the board, creating pleats to make a nice, smooth cover that is flat. Use tape, preferably packing tape, to hold the liner down on your cake board.
Add Your Cake
After your cake board is complete, you can add your cake. Carefully place your cake in the middle of your board. For extra security, you can add a small amount of frosting to the center of your board before placing your cake.
You can now write on your cake board or add any additional decorations you would like. It will provide the extra support you need while transporting and also give it some extra pizza for your next big celebration.
How Do You Make a Hexagon Cake Stand?
To make a hexagon cake stand, purchase a pre-cut wood or marble hexagon board. You may need to ask a carpenter to specially cut the wood or marble block to the shape of a hexagon if you can not find one already cut.
Be sure that your hexagon cake stand is at least two inches larger than your cake. So if your cake is 10 inches, make sure that your hexagon cake stand is at least 12 inches in diameter.
You can buy a wooden base to glue into your cake stand or simply use it how it is. Be sure to use only food-safe materials when constructing your cake stand.
How Do You Make a Rectangle Cake Board?
You can make a rectangular cake board by purchasing a rectangular piece of wood at a hardwood store. In most cases, they will cut it to the size you need so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. You can leave it as it is, or you can glue a base to the bottom if desired.
You can also easily make your own cake board at home using cardboard and aluminum foil. Use a sturdy piece of cardboard that can withstand the weight of your cake. Then, carefully cover it in aluminum foil and it is now ready to use as a rectangular cake board.
Be sure that your cake board is at least two inches larger than your cake. So, if you made a 9 x 13-inch cake, be certain that your cake board is at least 15 inches in diameter.
How Do You Make a Food Board Cake Safe?
If you are worried about whether or not your food board is cake safe, there are a few different ways to make it safe while still being able to use it. Not all materials are food-safe, so it is important to make sure your cake board is food-safe before you place your cake on it.
One easy way to make your food board cake safe is to wrap it in plastic wrap. You can also wrap it in aluminum foil but this will make it less subtle looking. Another way is to cut a piece of parchment paper that is the size of your cake and place it underneath your cake on the cake stand.
How Do You Make a Cake Board Look Like Wood?
If you don’t have a wood cake board, there are a couple of different ways you can make your cake board look like it is made out of wood. You can purchase a roll of wood wallpaper and carefully place it on your cake board and then trim off any excess. Then, cover it with a layer of plastic wrap or place a piece of parchment paper the size of your cake on the board before adding it.
If you like decorating and working with fondant, you can also make a wood cake board using fondant. Add a layer of fondant to your cake board and trim off any excess. Next, use decorating tools to give it the appearance of wood and use food paint to make it brown.
How Do You Make a Cake Packaging Box?
To make a cake packaging box at home, use a box that is at least two inches wider and two inches taller than your cake. Preferably, the box should have a lid and be white or another solid color.
Use an Exacto knife to cut out the front of the box, leaving a two-inch border going around. Then, take a piece of clear plastic and glue it to the inside of your cake box to create a window. Once it is dry, you can add your cake.
How Do You Decorate Cake Boards?
When decorating cake boards you can let your creativity run wild. You can create different fondant designs that go with the design of your cake and add them to the board. In addition, you can also use flowers to decorate your cake board for an elegant touch, just be sure that the flowers you choose are not toxic to humans.
Making DIY Cake Board
Making your own cake board is a great alternative to buying your own. You can the exact size and color you want, by using just a few simple items you have around the house. It is an easy and cheap way to make your own cake board.
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