Covering your cake board with fondant will add a more clean and polished look to the final presentation of your cake. Yes, it will add an extra step in the cake making process, but it is totally worth it.
My friend, Kathia, has posted about this before, but I wanted to go over it again to stress the importance of this step.
This cake that I made did not have a pretty fondant covered board and it needed it. I wish I could go back in time to fix it! These boards did get covered - Thank God!
If your cake is covered in fondant, your board will be so much prettier and matchy-matchy if it is also covered in fondant.
It's easy. Here's how you do it.
Things you will need:
Cake Board or Drum
Palette Knife or exacto knife
Powdered Sugar for dusting
Hot Glue Gun
Royal Icing or Candy Melts
Start by making your gum glue by mixing a little tylose powder and water into a small bowl. The powder may not dissolve right away, but will eventually. Knead more tylose powder into your fondant. This will make the fondant harden, which is a must when covering your board.
Sprinkle your surface with powdered sugar and roll out your fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Brush gum glue around the board leaving the center dry and unglued. Use a rolling pin or both hands to move the rolled fondant over to the board, and smooth using a fondant smoother. Cut out the center of the fondant, and trim away the excess from the sides.
Here's a closeup of the trimming. I like to use a palette knife but you can use an exacto knife with equal success.
Use rubber stamps to press designs into the fondant. Be sure to do this immediately because the fondant will dry out quickly.
I love luster dust. Just saying.
Dust your board with the dusts. This will help enhance the stamped designs.
Hot glue ribbon and bow around the outer edge of the board. Allow the board to dry for 24 hours.
Use royal icing or candy melts to glue your cake to the board. The cake should be sitting on it's own cardboard circle so it will not touch the royal icing.
And that's it. A pretty fondant covered board!