How to Make and Cover Cake Boards with Foil - A Step by Step Tutorial

Learn how to make and cover cake boards with foil and other decorative papers with this awesome step by step tutorial.

So the title of this page reads 'how to make and cover cake boards'. Well, do I make my own cake boards, then? My answer is no most of the time, and yes, very rarely.

Cake boards are not something that people often make on their own. They are so easily available and cheap; there is no reason why anyone would want to make one. But then again, there are times when I do make my own cake boards and these are the times when I am unable to find the right shape or size for my cakes. Or when I realize I have ran out of cake boards and I am rushing to finish up a cake order and there is no time to run to the store to get one!

How to Make Cake BoardsHow to Make and Cover Cake Boards with Foil

Making cake boards from scratch is really not that difficult, at least in the way I make them. All I use is thick cardboard and food grade foil (I have even used baking foil) to wrap the cardboard. The wrapping foil can be found in cake decorating supply shops or you can buy them from here. You can even use decorative paper provided its food safe or you have a layer of plastic wrap around it.   

These are the steps I follow in making my own cake boards and covering them with foil and other decorative material:

How to Make and Cover Cake Boards - Make Your Own Cake Boards

This are the main supplies you need to make your own cake boards:

  • Cardboard - This should be slightly larger than the size of the cake you want to make the cake board for.
  • Cake Tin - I use my cake tins to draw out the cake board template. You can also freehand the drawing.
  • Ruler - This is to measure the sides of the cake board accurately so that the cake board is correctly sized.
  • Cake board foil - this is material that will be used to cover the base cardboard.
  • Glue
  • Scissors

And this is the step by step process:

  • The first step is to make cake boards is to get the template ready. For instance, if I am baking an oval-shaped cake and need an oval shaped cake board, I would trace my oval cake tin (the one I am going to bake my cake in) outline on a cardboard. 

Oval shaped cake tinOval shaped cake tin
Trace the outline on a cardboardTrace the outline on a cardboard

  • I remove the tin and the draw another outline, this time, approximately 1 inch to 1.5 inches away from the earlier outline (the 1 to 1.5 inches allowance is to make sure the cake board is slightly bigger than the cake itself) and cut the cardboard following the second outline.  I repeat the process for another card board cut out of the same size (I make sure I use at least 2 card boards stacked together to hold my cakes). 

Mark a second line on the card boardMark an allowance of 1.5 inches all round the first oval design.
Ensure the gap between the lines is consistentMake sure the allowance space is consistent all around the first oval.
Cut out the cake board templateCut the oval following the outer outline.
Make a second cardboard templateTrace the template onto another piece of cardboard and cut out another same sized oval piece of cardboard.

  • I then glue both the cardboard pieces together and that forms the base of my cake board. Next, I place the cardboard cut outs on my foil and trace the pattern onto the back of the foil.

Sticking 2 pieces of cardboardStick both cardboard ovals together with glue.
Cardboard on the back of the wrapping paperPlace the cardboard on the reverse side of your wrapping foil or paper.

  • Now, the foil piece that I am going to use to wrap my cardboard template cannot be in the exact same size as the cardboard because it needs to be wrapped around the cake board (not a full wrap, but the sides need to be folded underneath so that the cake board looks neat and the cardboard is not visible). For this purpose, when I cut my foil, I give an extra allowance of about 2 inches on the sides so that there is enough foil to fold over the cardboard sides.

Tracing outline on the paperTrace the outline of the cardboard oval on the foil/wrapping paper.
A second outline on the paperDraw another line around the first oval drawing on the foil/wrapping paper, making sure it is at least 1 inch larger than the first oval design.

  • To make it easier to fold over, I then make short snips all around the foil (making sure the cut does not go beyond the outline of the cake pan I made on it earlier) with a distance of about 1 to 2 inches each.  

Cut the paper along its outlineCut the foil/wrapping paper following the second outline.
Cut the paper at short intervalsMake short snips all around the cut out foil/template, making sure the snips do not go beyond the inner oval outline on the foil/wrapping paper.

  • Finally, I wrap the foil around the board and secure the bottom neatly. Now foil does not need glue to hold it in place but if I use paper or other material, I would definitely use glue to hold everything in place.  
Glue the paper to the cake boardGlue the paper, one section at a time. Pull the sections as close as possible to the cardboard.
The back of a cake boardThis is the back of the completed cake board.

  • Once the gluing is all done, I turn the board over and this is how the completed cake board looked like:
Completed cake board made from scratchHow to Make and Cover Cake Boards with Foil

Note: I only use card boards for small cakes (i.e. less than 8 inches in diameter). Even then, I stack at least 2 card boards together to make sure they are able to hold the weight of the cakes. If you are planning on making a large cake board to hold a large cake, it is best to use a piece of plywood wrapped in foil as the base. A mere cardboard might not be able to hold the weight of the cake.

This is how I usually make and cover cake boards for my cake projects. But this is not just it. In most cases, when I use plain foil to cover my cake boards, I don’t quite like to leave my cake boards plain and  not decorated. So most of the time, I cover them with fondant (for fondant covered cakes) or add some other decorations to it (in the form of fondant cut outs, candles, doilies, etc). Click here to read all about how I cover my cake boards with fondant and here to read all about other cake board decorating ideas. 

Hope this tutorial is useful for you in making your own cake boards and covering them with foil.

If you have any other ideas on how to make and cover cake boards, please feel free to share them below.

Happy Decorating :)

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