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post #16 of 31
I agree with you Squirrelly, a messy covering, or lack of a covering on a cake board can completely take away from an otherwise beautiful cake!

Another thing that turns me off is when frosting is not smoothed...after all the discussion we have here on the methods of smoothing, some still don't!

I don't know how anybody could think foil is unsafe; we bake in it, wrap in it, barbeque in it, and have for many years! It just doesn't make the best covering for a cake board! Janice
post #17 of 31
Hi all,

If I'm making a really special cake I cover the cake board in icing and always a shade lighter than the icing on the cake.
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post #18 of 31
I don't quite understand why folks feel cellophane is safer than tinfoil because it is actually a lot easier to cut into cellophane or rip it than it is to rip aluminum foil. I would have no qualms using either when that is what I have. I guess I steer away from foil for the main cake board, but will use it for the support boards for a stacked cake and again, it is really for looks more than anything, that I avoid it.
Yes icing or fondant makes a lovely covering on a board!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #19 of 31
I still like tissue paper and clear contact paper for some cakes, floral foil for others-tin foil has tons of purposes and is wonderful-just not to put your main cake on-but that is just my opinion-we each have one and whatever works that we are happy with.
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post #20 of 31
I suspect a lot of folks use tinfoil, because they feel it is safe, which it is and they feel it is cheaper. Definitely much cheaper than Wilton's that is for sure. A bit cheaper than floral foil too. But the thing is, some foil wrapping papers are pretty cheap too and some have nice designs. Sometimes after Christmas you can get some terrific deals on foil wrapping papers in the huge rolls, perfect for your largest boards. For smaller boards, you can use lots of things from the dollar store. Sometimes fabric remnants are really cheap, I got 60 inch organza for .75 a yard. Plus it is washable and re-usable. Some folks use white freezer paper, not my choice, but it works for a lot of folks. I have used crushed velvet and moire and dozens of fabric scraps. Paper wrapping paper with the top covered with clear contact paper.
This is just my opinion, but I think the board is every bit as important as the cake and the choice of covering makes a huge difference in the presentation. Just as a stand for a wedding cake makes a huge difference.
I recently did a simple sandcastle cake. I used brown paper to cover the board and covered over the top with plastic clear contact paper. It blended in better than if I had put the cake on the typical Wilton silver foil.
One thing that bothers me is when people put a 50 anniversary cake with all gold trims on the silver foil covered board. Just a pet peeve of mine but Hallmark makes a huge roll of gold foil, it is cheap when you consider how much foil you get.
Tissue paper is very cheap and so is clear contact plastic, you can get them at dollar stores. Patterned vinyl contact paper is also very cheap, again available at dollar stores and generally sold as shelf liner. You can buy huge rolls of vinyl, called oilcloth in some areas, that is used to cover picnic tables and such. Very cheap and washable. Cheap plastic shower curtains can be cut up to cover many boards too.
Ribbon. lace, cording and braiding makes a nice trim along the edge of your covered boards too, really dresses them up.
When you are fancying up the board, take that into consideration as part of the cost of making the cake so that you get your money back.
Hugs SQuirrely Cakes
post #21 of 31
Great ideas sguirrelly!!! I just don't like using tin foil on a board that will be showing. It takes away from the look of the cake, and looks less professional ( just my opinion). As for the gold and silver thing.... I agree!!! But I'm like that in the real world too, not just the cake world. I had to switch the door knob in the boathroom because all the fixtures were silver and the knob was gold... it drove me nuts!
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post #22 of 31
Oh gosh, Peacock Place, are we related, haha! You sound like me. Our last house, I had the bathrooms redone and because I had put gold or brass covered lever doorhandles on all of the doors, I had to have the bathroom faucet and handles in gold and chrome, it bothered me to have them all chrome, because of the door handle. Haha, can you say anal!
I think the tinfoil looks a lot better when folks put a paper doily over it. But certainly I can understand folks using it for their class cakes - or for home use. I just really wish that they would not make it wrinkly looking because it detracts so much from their lovely work. I have seen a few cakes submitted to contests like that and I often wonder if the cakes would have been judged higher for presentation marks if they had used a nicer covering.
I suspect a lot of people don't think about it, they see the cake, we see the boards.
Haha, I guess we are all different!
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #23 of 31
Presentation is alway a key factor-we use it in ourselves-the you never get a second chance to make a first impression thing...alot of people see the cakes people make-not just the customer-presentation can make or break a sale for you...take pride in your hard work and do what you can to show it off-you certainly earned that right!! As far as the chrome/gold situation-I too have changed a complete bathroom to make stuff match-same with doorknobs-I hate mixture-call it eclectic if you will but I call it yuck!Thats the first thing I noticed when we walked through our house when we were househunting!!
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post #24 of 31
I have a new idea for everyone!!!!

I finally went to Party City. I had never gone before. I bought some of those plastic tablecloths for the DOS I'm having. The tableclothes only cost $1.25 for large rectangle & oval sizes!! I have been using them to cover cake boards!!! Works like a charm!!

Try it!!
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post #25 of 31
Just an update, I am working on cake board coverings for a tutorial, I am trying out a few different ways I have thought of to get the same look, seeing which one would likely work easier for folks. I try a bit every day but have a few things on my plate until the middle of July, so it may take awhile to get this together.
Hugs Squirrelly Cakes
post #26 of 31
That's ok Squirrelly, we appreciate your taking the time to put this together, we will be waiting patiently! Janice
post #27 of 31
I used to use aluminum foil, until at one wedding I noticed there were dark smuges on the icing where the cake server (Im guessing it was silver) was sliceing and serving the cake. I don't know if the two different metals have some kind of reaction to each other, but I have never wanted to take a chance on that again. (Im sure the server was clean)
post #28 of 31
I recently purchased a roll of the Wilton Silver Fanci-foil at my local Michaels. It was $7.99 for a 20x 15 roll. I probably could have found something just as good for cheaper but this hopefully with remain intact while the cakes get cut. No more aluminum foil pieces in the cakes, especially for the one I charge for. Right now I figure I can just add $.75 into my pricing for materials and recoup the cost of the foil. I should be able to get about 10 cakes out of a roll quite easily. I am still using the Wilton cardboard cake boards, easier to store a few packs of them at this time as opposed to several non-disposable boards. The foil helps with the presentation, no greasy cake boards.

I have seen foil on the bottom of some of my cakes when people choose to cut the cake with a serrated knife. The knife actually catches the foil and then when the piece of cake is removed the foil sticks to it. My in-laws are infamous for this they hack into the cake and even into the cake board like they are cutting a steak. It is a challenge to get them to just gently cut the cake and remove a piece. When doing a cake I know I will be cutting I take a few minutes and use regular heavy-duty aluminum foil. It only takes a few minutes to put it on nice and smooth.
Alan

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post #29 of 31
Hey, Alan, you need to get your inlaws a Kake Kut'r, they are great, no more cuts in foil or anything else you cover boards with. QVC sells them, also sometimes on eBay, BettyCrocker.com, etc., check out www.cakecutter.com/ or do a Google search. Once I found them I gave all my family a set for Christmas! Janice
post #30 of 31
Veejaytx, That cake cutter is pretty neat. Looks like it would be good for getting the right serving size too.
Alan

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