What is the Difference Between Cake Boards and Drums?

The cake board is an essential piece of equipment in any cakey enthusiast’s baking arsenal, but with so many shapes, sizes, and materials available today, picking the right board for the right cake is super important.

Not only does the right cake board support the structural integrity of your cake, it also gives it extra stability when transporting, and a professional-looking standard when it comes to presentation.

When it comes to choosing the right cake board, the main difference comes down to the thickness of the board, as well as the materials it is made from. Drum boards are your thickest option for the most structural support, whereas standard cake boards are a cost-friendly option where a drum may not be necessary.

What’s the difference?

What are standard cake boards for?

Your standard cardboard cake boards or STD cake boards usually measure 3mm thick, are covered in a silver foil, and are generally used for lighter, smaller cakes – or as extra support between cake tiers. They make a great base for inserting dowels between cake tiers, being super thin and hardly noticeable in your assembled masterpiece.

What are drum boards for?

Drum boards are a lot thicker than your standard cake boards, made out of thick cardboard that typically measures around 12mm thick. Drum boards are ideal for heavier cakes, such as large sponges, fruit cakes, and tiered wedding cakes.

What are masonite boards for?

A popular in-between option, masonite cake boards are made from compressed wood fibres (MDF) and are usually between 4mm and 6mm thick. Though some do range up to 8mm. Their extra strength means you can opt for a thinner board but with much more strength than your standard cardboard option.

Cake Design by @4CAKE_SAKE

Are cake boards reusable?

In the age of reduce, reuse and recycle, you can save yourself some time and money when it comes to cake boards. Most cake boards with a foil covering can simply be wiped down after use with a damp cloth. Just be careful to gently wipe and not scrub too hard, and you’ll fine you can use the same boards for a good few upcoming cake projects!

How To Decorate a Cake Board

Sometimes your cakey masterpiece deserves so much more than your standard silver foil finish, so why not try one of these options to finish your cake off to a professional standard?

Cover with Sugarpaste

To begin, brush a small amount of water or edible glue over the entire surface of your cake board. Knead and roll out your sugarpaste as you normally would, then drape over your cake board so that it covers all edges. Cut away the excess sugarpaste and gently rub over it with a smoother.

We recommend covering your cake board a couple of days ahead of time, so that when it comes to decorating, the sugarpaste has had plenty of time to harden.

Cover with Contact Paper

Pick the perfect pattern for your finished bake, then lie it face down on a flat surface. Place your cake board upside down on the paper so the silver foil side is facing down to make sure it will be completely covered. Peel away the sticky backing from your contact paper, then press down your cake board as you practiced before. Trim around the paper until you’re left with an edge just enough to cover the sides of your board. With the excess, cut them into strips and carefully stick them down one by one. Here’s a video to help you on your way.

Wrap With Ribbons

For a simple yet stylish finish, why not opt for a ribbon finish around your cake drum? A ribbon that perfectly matches the depth of your cake board looks super effective when wrapped round and tied in a cute bow at the front. Just look how @sallymariecakes does it! Alternatively, why not go for some sparkle, taking inspiration from @chikzpatisserie

Cake Design by @sallymariecakes

Cake Design by @chikzpatisserie

Opt for Pre-Designed

Although many cake boards come readily presented in a silver foil coating, some cake boards (often masonite boards) are available in a unique pattern or design, to give your cake a unique edge when it comes to presenting your showstoppers. Some popular designs include marble effect, wood effect, water effect, and even grass effect coatings.

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