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how to cover cake board and not get the wet spots?

post #1 of 22
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Everytime I make a cake and cover the cake board with paper or gift wrap I get wet spots where that I guess where the moisture from the cake bleeds! I have attempted to cover it with wax paper over the paper but it still does this! Is there anyway to cover a board that it does not show the spots? I know fondant would probably help but that is not in my price range for my next cake!
Thanks so much in advance
post #2 of 22
Paper nor gift wrap is intended for cakes. The grease will show right through. You are going to have to use a covering designed for moisture. Most party supplies sell "fancy foil", but it is not cheap. Contact paper used to line kitchen drawers works too, but the options for design on that is limited too. Though I love the look of a custom covered board, I do not because I can't find it. I know many here on CC cover their boards with cute designs. Hopefully someone will jump in and give you their thoughts.
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post #3 of 22
If I use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper I think cover it in FDA approved cellophane. The contact paper is not food safe and I know people say the cake is on the cardboard but my borders etc sit directly on my bases so I worry. At Michael's in their basket section they sell the basket cello wrap on a roll. One of them actually says FDA approved for food or something to that effect. It's also perfectly clear which gives it a nice look.

I have started covereing more of my boards in fondant but the expense can add up quick. It depends on the cake and who it's for etc.

Oh and cello is a pain to cut but it does work well and I know it's food safe.
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post #4 of 22
The cost for fondant is minimal, a few dollars at the most.
I cover all my boards in fondant and decorate to match the cake,the cost is already incorporated into my per serving price.
Just raise your prices .25 cents and start covering your boards in fondant.
post #5 of 22
Go to WalMart and purchase a large foamcore board panel, use a craft knife to cut out a circle in the size you need, then go to the kitchen section and pick up a roll of white contact paper. Cover the top of the foamcore board with a circle of contact paper, then attach a ribbon to the side of the board with double sided tape. Ribbon matches the theme of the cake decorations and is about a quarter of an inch tall. For under $6.00 you'll be able to cover 6 to 8 cake boards - beautifully. Hope this helps.
post #6 of 22
I cover my boards with press and seal if I am not going to put foil on them.

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post #7 of 22
Make a batch of MMF and use that for covering boards. Store the excess in the freezer, use it for your next board. It costs me less than four dollars to make a batch of MMF and one batch would cover several boards if that's all you're doing with it.
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the replys! I am not charging anything right now and just doing them for the experience so my out of pocket cost is getting crazy! I am not working so it is really adding up! I have my 1st baby shower cake this weekend which the request is a pregnant belly! I bought foam board yesterday and I guess I will have to make a trip to find cello or something like that to cover the board! Once I start charging hopefully I can afford to make the extra MMF! I also stabbed my finger so I am doing it all one handed and making fondant one handed without a mixer is kind of a pain at the moment! LOL
post #9 of 22
You should let your friends pay you for ingredients when you make cakes for them...otherwise it really does add up fast.
post #10 of 22
hi there

i too always use fondant to cover - find it looks so nice. truly i do not worry about the cost too much. as i buy the fondant i mark the date on it and if by the time i get around to using that colour i find that it is too old i put that in the "cover board" section. since people dont eat that portion i do not worry if is a little older

in some case i have covered the boards with wallpaper which of course has its own adhesive. when dong this i use the thicker cake board so there is no chance of the cake coming in contact with the board

hope this helps
post #11 of 22
If you have freezer paper, use it shiny side out. Very inexpensive if a white board will work.
post #12 of 22
This is how I cut the cost of fondant covered cake boards:

1) cover a 10 inch round 1/2 inch thick cake board with fondant.
2) cut a 7 inch circle out of the middle of this and save for another use.
3) top with 8 in cake!

This way you use less fondant. thumbs_up.gif Works for me!
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post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by cheatize

If you have freezer paper, use it shiny side out. Very inexpensive if a white board will work.



I love freezer paper!!

I did a First communion cake and used that and the ooohs about how great the board looked for the cake. They thought it was fancy gift wrap. Yup, shiny side out! and easy to wipe off buttercream border mistakes too!
post #14 of 22
I use wrapping paper covered with plastic wrap. It takes a little time to do it twice but you can find some nice paper to match themes. I even use this on boards where it's to big to cover with one strip. Just lay it as flat as you can, then tape the underside quite tightly. Then lay the next strip overlapping about an inch and do the same. Sometimes I have even ben able to use the same board twice. (new plastic wrap of course)
post #15 of 22

I too and giving out cakes/cupcakes just to practice. It does get pricey.  I just had my first experience with a wet board.  I'm not sure why it happened this time and not the others.

 

I'm going to try homemade fondant and see what happens to cover board.  I love working with fondant so this may be fun.

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