How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant - A Step by Step Tutorial

In this post on how to cover cake boards with fondant, I am going to share with you the various ways in which you can cover your cake boards with fondant be it a round cake board, a square one or a cake board of any shape.

You would probably be wondering how many different ways can there be when it comes to covering cake boards with fondant. After all, its all about rolling the fondant and placing it on your cake boards, right? Well, over the years, I have learned a few other techniques that can help save the amount of fondant that is used to cover the cake boards. 

Tutorial on how to cover cake boards with fondantHow to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant


Once you get to learn the techniques I have here, you are then free to choose the ones that suit you the best.  


How to Cover A Round and Square Cake Board with Fondant


There are 4 different ways in which I normally cover cake boards with fondant. All these methods can be used for round and square cake boards (and cake boards of other shapes), except for the last method (method 4) which is only for square or rectangle cake boards. 

All these methods result in similar outcomes, i.e. beautifully covered cake boards, however, 3 out of the 4 techniques on how to cover cake boards with fondant will help you save more fondant than the other.


How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant : Roll and Cover


This is probably the most straight forward way to cover a cake board. This method requires one to basically roll a large piece of fondant (as large as your cake board) and cover the entire cake board. These are the steps you need to follow:

  • Prepare your cake board.
Cake boardI stacked 2 thin cake boards to make a thicker board for my cake. You can also use a cake drum (thicker cake board).


  • Brush the cake board with shortening or dampen it with water.

Dampen cake board to attach fondant


  • Knead your fondant well and roll it into 1/8 of an inch thickness. 
  • Before covering the fondant on the cake board, measure the diameter of your rolled fondant to make sure it is large enough to cover the cake board.
  • Loosely roll the fondant onto your rolling pin and unroll it on your prepared cake board.

Unrolling fondant on a cake board
Fondant unrolled on a cake board

  • Trim off excess fondant with a pizza cutting wheel or a palette knife.
Trimming excess fondant on a cake board


  • Use a fondant smoother to gently smooth the fondant on the cake board. 

Smooth the fondant on the cake board

  • Following that, place the cake board on a turntable and push it to the edge to cut off remaining excess fondant on the sides of the board.  
Cake board on a turntable


  • Use a sharp knife to trim of the excess fondant on the sides of the board.

Excess fondant trimmed on a cake board

  • This is how the fondant covered cake board would look like:
Cake board covered in fondant

  • Attach a ribbon to the sides of the cake board for a neater presentation. I normally use hot glue to attach my ribbons. That way, the ribbons are really well secured on the sides of the cake boards.
Attaching a ribbon to a cake board


  • Let the fondant set before you place your cake on it (the cake should be placed on a cake board first before being placed on the fondant covered cake board. 

  • And your fondant covered cake board is ready for your cake.

Cake board covered in fondantHow to cover a cake board with fondant


How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant : Flipping

  • This method is similar to the above except that instead of rolling and unrolling fondant onto the cake board, I flip the cake board onto rolled fondant. This is easier if you find rolling and unrolling your fondant is harder than flipping the cake board over rolled fondant on a fondant mat. If not, its really your choice as to how you want to place the fondant on your cake boards. 
  • The other difference lies in the amount of fondant I use to cover the cake board. In other words, this method helps save fondant compared to method 1 above.
  • Here is the step by step guide ( I am using a square cake board that is going to hold a round cake as shown below):
Round cake on a square cake board

  • Start by placing a cake board in the same diameter as your cake right in the center you the larger cake board you wish to cover with fondant (or if you don’t intend to place your cake right in the center of the cake board, then in any position your want your cake to be on the board). Brush the sides with shortening.
Applying shortening on a square cake board


  • Remove the smaller cake board and you cake board will now look like this, with shortening all over except for the circle where the smaller round cake board was on earlier.

Shortening brushed cake board


  • Roll your fondant to about 1/8 inch thick. Turn your shortening covered cake board over onto the rolled fondant, making sure the fondant underneath is covering all parts of the cake board. 

  • Press it down gently and  cut the excess fondant off using a pizza cutting wheel or palette knife with the sides of the cake board as a guide (using a sugar craft knife or a kitchen knife can result in your fondant mat tearing, so do be mindful of that when cutting). 

  • Give your cake board a gentle rub on the back and then carefully turn it over. If you find it hard to flip the cake board without the fondant coming off, flip it together with your rolling mat and then remove your mat. 
Cake board facing down on fondantPlace cake board on fondant
Cutting excess fondant offCut off excess with a pizza cutting wheel
Upside down cake boardCake board with excess fondant cut off
Flipped cake board with fondantFlip the cake board over


  • After flipping your cake board over,  place the earlier round cake board back on the fondant covered cake board. Make sure it is right in the center (or if you don’t intend to place your cake right in the center, then any position your want your cake to be on the cake board, but ideally in about the same position you placed it earlier in the steps above), and, using a knife, cut the fondant out following the outline of the cake board you just placed on. 
  • Lift the cake board and remove the cut fondant in the center. Since you did not apply any shortening to that part of board earlier on, removing that bit of fondant should be quite easy.

Cake board on a fondant covered board
Fondant covered square cake board
Fondant covered cake board with the fondant in the center removedCake board with the fondant in the center cut out

  • When placing your cake on the cake board later, simply make sure to place it into the hole in the fondant.
  • This method helps you to save some fondant as the cut-out fondant from the cake board center can be saved for other projects.

Cake on a fondant covered cake boardHow to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant


How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant : Sides Cover

  • For this method, the cake board is covered after the cake in placed on the cake board. To begin with, place your fondant covered cake (the cake should be already placed on a cake board measuring the same diameter as the cake on it) onto the cake board you intend to cover with fondant. Apply shortening to the sides where it is not covered by the cake.
Fondant covered cake on a plain cake board.


  • Next, roll your fondant into a long strip (making sure the width is slightly larger than the measurement between your cake and the edge of your cake board) and use a pizza cutting wheel to cut one of its long edges straight. Gently and loosely roll the strip into a roll.

A long strip of rolled fondant
Loosely rolled fondant

  • Carefully lift the fondant roll and unroll it onto your cake board, making sure the straight edge of the roll is placed as close as possible to the bottom edge of the cake. Adjust and turn the roll so that it covers all around the cake board completely without any tearing.
Unrolling fondant onto a cake board

  • Cut of excess fondant and smooth the joints with a fondant smoother to make the joints less visible.
Cut of excess fondant
Cut of excess fondant
Smooth the fondant joints
Trim excess fondant on the sides of the cake board.


  • Trim off excess fondant from the sides of the cake board with a palette knife or sugar craft knife and the cake board is ready. Complete the cake board by attaching a ribbon around it as shown in method 1 above.
  • This method, similar to the second one above, really helps in saving fondant as you only cover the cake board where it is not covered by the cake.

The only difference is that this method will leave a joint mark on your fondant while the method earlier will not.



How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant : Corners Cover


This method involves covering the cake board using more than one fondant strip and I typically use this method for square cake board or cake boards that are angled. Here is how I do it for a square cake board and you can apply the same principles for any angled cake board: 

  • To begin with, place your fondant covered cake on a cake board and apply shortening to the cake board where it is not covered by the cake.
  • Next roll your fondant in 4 strips. Each strip should be as long as one side of the cake board. 
  • Cut one of the 2 long ends of each strip straight and gently roll them up (similar to method 3 above). Unroll each strip on the cake board, making sure the straight ends of the strips are placed towards the cake. 
  • Trim off excess fondant on the sides of the cake board.  Continue to cover all four sides of the cake board.
  • At this point, the corners of the cake board will have overlapping fondant strips and these need to be tidied up. To do that, use a sharp knife to cut the fondant strips at the corners of the cake board. In cutting the corners, place your knife in a straight line from the corner of your cake to the corner of your board. Press you knife into the fondant until your knife hits the cake board. Remove the knife and remove the excess of the fondant strips and secure the pointed corners of the fondant to the cake board with some shortening. 
  • Repeat the process for the remain 3 corners. After that, trim off any excess fondant from the sides of the cake board and with that, your cake board is ready.
  • Here is how the corners of the cake board would look like after trimming and joining:
How to Cover Cake Boards with Fondant

These are the ways in which I cover cake boards with fondant. You can use these techniques to cover your cake boards – not just the round and square ones, but also other shapes.


Hope this was useful.


Happy decorating :)


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