One of the best tips I can give you to help you take your cakes to the next level is to cover your cake boards.
I’m sure you have noticed that many of the professional cakes that you have admired from afar all feature a thin coat of sugar paste, but why stop there?
When I am creating a new cake design, the board and its covering always factor into the decision-making process and a well-covered, textured and decorated board will almost always feature.
One of my absolute favourite ways to finish my boards is to use a realistic woodgrain texture, and a quick scroll through my portfolio (hit the link at the top of the page to find your way there) will reveal that this is by far the most common trick I use to bring both my sculpted cakes and even the odd wedding cake to life!
Of course, you can buy embossing pins, stamps, mats and moulds to help you achieve a wood grain texture, but I have found that I get much more realistic results doing this by hand and all you need are a humble dresden tool and a basic edge scraper or even a ruler. It really is that simple!
For this month’s free tutorial, I thought I would let you in on the secret of my favourite cake board effect and show you how I used just a few humble tools and my trusty Clairella Cakes airbrush kit to create the boards that have supported some of my favourite cake creations.
To create my Wood Effect Cake Board, you can check out the full tutorial here.