Corrugated Cardboard: The majority of all disposable cake boards are made of corrugated cardboard. This material consists of layers of fluted paper pressed between two outer layers, with the outer layers providing rigidity and the fluted paper providing insulation and thickness.
Laminated Chipboard: Chipboard is made of pressed paperboard, so it is lightweight while remaining fairly sturdy. It has a laminated finish to prevent grease from seeping into the material. This material is only strong enough to support smaller desserts.
Foam: Cake boards can also be made of dense foam, which is naturally resistant to grease. The foam material would still need to be covered, and you should be careful not to cut into the foam if you intend to cut your cake on the board.
Masonite: Made of medium-density fibreboard (MDF), this material is a reusable option for your cakes. It needs to be covered in foil, wrap, or fondant before each use to protect against grease. Due to this inconvenience, these boards are often only used between cake tiers to provide structural support.
Styles of Corrugated Cardboard
All corrugated cardboard cake boards also have an additional style to consider as it affects not only the appearance, but the use of the board as well. Check out these styles when considering using a corrugated cardboard cake board.
With just one layer of corrugated cardboard, this style of cake board is sufficient for use with cupcakes or lighter, single layer cakes. These boards have a thickness of just 1/8”.
As the name implies, this style simply has two layers of corrugated material, instead of one. This additional material adds extra rigidity so they can support larger, heavy cakes. These boards have a thickness of 1/4” – 1/2”.
Purely decorative, having an embossed style on your cake boards helps them stand out. Cake boards should never outshine their cake, so the subtle addition of an embossed design is the perfect middle ground.
Common Questions When Using Cake Boards
What size cake board do I need? When acting as a base for your cake, you should allow for about 2" - 4" of clearance on each side of your cake. So, your cake board should be 4" - 8" larger than your cake. For cake drums that are used in between tiers, they should be the same size as your cake.
Can I cut a cake board to the size I need? Yes you can, just be sure to use heavy-duty scissors or another sharp tool to avoid frayed or jagged edges.
Can I use a cake board with a cake box? Yes! In fact, you should always use a cake board when putting a cake into a box since cake boxes are prone to bending under the weight, so without the support of the cake board your cake would bend as well.
Why are the actual dimensions of my cake board slightly smaller than expected? To make it easy to pair cake circles with their appropriate boxes, some items are commonly listed as being the same size as the cake box. However, to allow them to fit inside the cake box, their actual measurements will be slightly smaller than the box itself.
Should I put my cake on the board before or after icing? Either way works. If you place the cake on the board before icing, then you don't need to worry about messing up your decorations by transferring it later.
Do you have to use cake boards when stacking cakes? If you're stacking any heavy cake, or any cake larger than 6" in diameter, you absolutely should use a board or drum between the tiers. Even with smaller cakes, it is recommended to use them if you intend to stack more than two tiers.
Popular Cake Board Colors
Be sure to carefully consider what color you need! Whether you prefer your board to match or contrast the color of your cakes, you have to be mindful that the board is just the right color.
- Great color when creating cakes for weddings or bridal showers.
- Also a great blank slate if you want to cover the board with fondant or add your own custom decorations or coating to the board.
- Use when creating cakes with a lot of bright colors, as the black background will help them pop.
- Conversely, it can match a dark-colored theme like Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or a fun vampire-themed birthday party!
- Silver and gold cake boards tend to have a bit of a shine to them due to their metallic appearance.
- Most often used for higher-end events or occasions.
- You can also find cake boards in other popular colors like red, blue, pink, and yellow.
- Get a board to best fit the theme of your cake or dessert.
Additional Accessories You May Need
Make sure to get everything you need to go along with your cake board!
- Make sure to also get bakery boxes to help transport your cakes to special events!
- Cake boards should fit perfectly inside your cake box to provide the extra support your cake needs while being moved from one location to the next.
- Use it to cover an uncoated cake board - make sure to let it dry on your cake board for a few days before using it.
- You can even use the fondant to create small designs, shapes, or letters to place on your cake board next to your cake.
- Show off your cakes that are perfectly placed on your cake boards with a cake stand!
- Available in both reusable and disposable options, you can find just the right stand to display your delicious baked goods.
- Covers help maintain freshness while on display.
- These take-out containers are typically made of plastic, unlike cake boxes that are made of paper or cardboard.
With a clear lid to provide excellent visibility, you can display cakes and send them home with customers all-in-one!
How to Cover a Cake Board with Fondant
When dealing with uncoated cake boards, you may want to cover your board in fondant to add a specific color or texture that you simply can't get from foil or laminated boards. Follow these simple steps to add a colorful addition to the base of your delicious cakes.
- Roll out fondant to a 3mm - 4mm thickness and 1/2" wider than the cake board.
- Brush the cake board with piping gel.
- Lay the fondant over the cake board and use a fondant smoother to flatten the fondant completely.
- Cut around the bottom edges of the cake board to get rid of any excess fondant. Smooth rough edges with your fingers.
- Let it sit to dry for 2 - 3 days.
Now you are ready to display your beautiful cake on an equally attractive cake board!