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post #1 of 53
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What purpose do you think the cake board - the one you 'present' your cake has?

 

Is it a continuation of your cake design and always decorated to compliment?

 

OR ... do you just view it as JUST something that you use to carry your cake on?

 

I ask, and wanted to get some discussion going on this subject because I see so many 'really nice' cakes being (IMO) spoilt by the board they sit on.

I wondered if people actually 'see' what I see - or if in fact they think it is as important as I do??

To me presentation doesn't stop with the cake...   I include the board in every design I do.   It either plays a part in the design in the colour/cover/texture?  or it is designed to be as 'inconspicuous' as possible  ie. fondant covered same as cake.

 

When I see boards covered with crumpled alfoil or greaseproof paper over whatever is available I often wonder WHY?   I know 'money' MAY be a contributing factor - but I just see ALL the work that goes into the cake .... AND ... all that sticks out  - is a hideous board??

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post #2 of 53

Good question!

 

As a non-pro, I will admit that I had no idea of the importance of decorating your cake board until I joined this forum.  I had seen plenty of pictures of beautiful cakes on a well decorated board and thought it looked beautiful and cohesive, but never really noticed the board itself.  Even when I make cakes now, I remember to do something with the board but it still doesn't get as much of my attention as it should -- something I intend to change!  It's just not something I think about until its usually too late.

 

So... hope that answers the "why" part of your question.  This is why you see a lot of uncovered boards, foil, greaseproof paper, etc.  Sometimes people just dont know better.

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I really never notice unless it's one of the extremes. Like a very nicely decorated board with fondant. Or a very poorly wrapped foil board. I don't notice anything myself because the only cakes I've ever done have been served on a stand with a board as big as the bottom layer of cake, or for delivery at my job inside a box with a board the size of the cake.
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post #4 of 53
Im glad this is being discussed as at the moment im trying to decide whether to use a board for a wedding cake i am making for my daughter. I would love to use my glass cake stand which sadly is exactly the size of the bottom tier 12 inches. I cannot find a slighty larger stand that is both presentable and affordable so i thought to elevate the cake a bit using a board but still put it on top of my cake stand. Any suggestions? Other reason is my daughter wants the cake ganached witht that "messy look" because she doesn't like fondant. And she wants it to look homemade so i thought my green glass cake stand would have been perfect.
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What is the rest of the cake like?   Stand ? do you mean 'elevated' as on a pedestal ?

I'm not sure what you mean by 'wanting it to look home-made'  -  is this supposed to mean... LESS important?   bit confused

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post #6 of 53
I think that a wedding cake presented on a decent half inch or more thick board (think the silver pre coated ones) is fine, with a nice ribbon on the outside. The ones I have an issue with are the clearly home wrapped, poorly, with the wrong material ones, and I do notice them, it's not just you!
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post #7 of 53

That messy look is called Stucco and is the "in" thing in shabby chic, sheek, chick, drat that word never know how to properly spell it but you get my drift.  Sometimes, shopping antique stores or asking friends for a flat round glass plate will get you what you want.  I'm picturing a flat green glass plate on a green glass cake stand.

post #8 of 53

I never noticed them before either, but man, it makes a huge difference. Not much $ or effort to cover a board in fondant and trim with ribbon, but it adds such a professional finish. I'll never go back, that's for sure! ;)

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post #9 of 53
Absolutely finish the board. it's like putting on a fancy dress and slipping on flip flops to go out it. Doesn't have to be a fancy cake, any decorated cake should have a complimentary "pair of shoes" with a ribbon wrapped edge.
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post #10 of 53

I think a good board makes a huge difference.  If I am decorating for a special event I will go to some effort.  As a hobby baker, however, I often forgo the added expense and put my cake on a stand or a nice chopping board.

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I think a good board makes a huge difference.  If I am decorating for a special event I will go to some effort.  As a hobby baker, however, I often forgo the added expense and put my cake on a stand or a nice chopping board.


Do you think it really ADDS that much in the overall cost of a cake?

I wouldn't hesitate to NOT use a board if I thought it would not be any detriment to the overall look of the cake - but IF it needed a board I would spend the extra $$


 

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post #12 of 53

Oh my gosh - for me?  The board is a must - unless the cake is going directly on a beautiful cake stand or plateau.  I'm working on a Minion one right now and I made the base to look like diamond plate...It just *completes* the cake.

post #13 of 53
Honestly, I don't even care for the fancy foil. I know many people use it, Ive even seen top professionals use it. There's just something about it that seems unfinished to me. It doesn't even have to be fondant, I've used contrasting scrapbook paper covered with clear contact paper in a pinch. Just something, anything! I mean no offense to anyone but when I see a beautiful cake on a plain board it does take away from the design.
post #14 of 53
ApplegumPam ... Yes i mean elevated. My as cake stand has a 5" foot but just 12" in diameter so there is no ledge on the plate when i put the also 12" cake on it. So i thought if i put the cake on a thick board first then on the glass cake stand, it might look better? By homemade i mean frosted with chocolate ganache which is just swirled around, not smoothed over the cake like a fondant. Sorry i don't know how to explain it better. The unfinished look Smckinney07 is what im trying to avoid using the fancy foil covered board. But i will continue to look around for a suitable size cake stand. I want to show you guys my cake stand but i have no idea how to attach photos here. 😟
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post #15 of 53

Honestly I have never seen a cake with a fondant covered board before I came here. But after seeing them they do add something special. I also never noticed crappy boards before coming here, but now they jump out and detract from the attractiveness of the cake. I am doing a ruffle cake right now and experimenting with different looks for the board. Hopefully I'll have some great pics to post tomorrow.

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