wood cake boardDo you envy cake makers who always have fabulous designer cake boards, (even before they add the cake)?  Beautifully creative and decorative boards can give your cake a professional edge and that ‘wow’ factor!

Here’s what you need:

Wood effect cake board ingredients

  • Icing Sugar
  • Vodka
  • Toothpick
  • Pastry brush or large paintbrush
  • Brown colour paste
  • White  ready roll sugar paste (ready roll fondant)
  • Ruler (mine is from Homebase in the UK, a large hardware store)
  • Cake drum/board. (I used a 10″ square)
  • Ribbon
  • Glue stick
  • Paint palette (bowl is fine if you don’t have)

Step 1:

Dust you work surface with the icing sugar and knead the fondant a little in preparation for Step 2:

rolled fondant

Step 2:

Roll your fondant to 1cm thick, large enough to cover your size cake board.  (The fondant needs to be no less than 8mm thick in order to make the grooves for the wooden floor effect). Using your brush dipped in a little water dampen (but not soak) your cake board so that the fondant will adhere to it, then lift your fondant onto your board.

rolled fondant over cake board

Step 3:

Shaping fondant

Trim the edges and neaten with a sharp knife.  (See picture below).


Trimmed fondant

Step 4:

measuring fondant

Place your ruler beneath the covered board and measure along every 2 inches (or however large you want them) and make a mark in the fondant along every 2 inch point.  Turn the board 180 degrees and then repeat on the opposite side. (If you have an uneven board, e.g. 11 inches you will need to adjust your measurements slightly).

Step 5:

Ruler an fondant

Using your ruler match up the top and bottom marks and press firmly into the fondant making a long lined groove (to make the floor board effect). Continue along each indent until your board looks like the picture above.

Step 6:

knife with fondant


Taking a small knife, draw some straight lines on the board, making sure the lines are vertical, for the wood grain effect.

step 7:

fondant design

Using a tooth pick, add some of the colour paste to the palette and add some vodka to make a colour wash.  Mix with a brush to get the colour even.  (You may find it handy to have a piece of kitchen paper handy to wipe off some of the excess colour before you apply it to your board).

Take your pastry brush or paint brush and colour wash the board, ensuring you paint it from top to bottom in the same direction.  The vodka will completely evaporate and the colour will stain the fondant giving it a varnished wooden effect.  Leave to dry for a few hours (or overnight) and then add a second application of colour.

fondant wood effect

Step 8:

ribbon and glue stick

Once dry, add a ribbon to your board.  Take your glue stick and rub it around the outer edge of the cake board and apply your ribbon, cutting it so that the two ends meet.

…….And you don’t have to stop there.  You can do baby pink and blue floorboards with block colours too and they will look equally gorgeous…..

cake with fondant wood effect base

Make sure your board is completely dry and firm before you put your cake on it, ideally 48 hours before (I like to do mine the week before).

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Happy caking! x