Custom Cake Board tutorial

How to Make Beautiful Custom Cake Boards WITHOUT Fondant


Want to learn how to make a beautiful custom cake board to match your cake design WITHOUT the expense and drying time of fondant?

If you are like me, an impatient and thrifty cake decorator (ok you are probably not, I’m just a weirdo), you will like what I have to show you today.   I’m one of those people who is always searching for a quicker, easier and cheaper way to do things.  It’s just the way my brain works (it’s kind of cool like that). I suppose I would have been a great inventor.  I’m always trying to figure out ways to do things more efficiently.

So I have come up with some pretty cool cake decorating hacks over the years.  I will definitely be sharing them with you in my blogging journeys.

Custom Cake Board tutorial

Today I want to show you how I make my custom cake boards.  They satisfy my need for speed and creativity and they are gentle on your budget so they don’t add a big expense to the cost of a cake.  They take about 5 minutes to make and depending on what paper you use, can cost around $1.50 – $1.75 in materials.


Cake board tutorial

Gather your materials!


Cake board tutorial


Some helpful links for you, here is where I some get my supplies.


And this company has some GORGEOUS paper ~  Mulberry Paper – Design and More


Ok,  Got your stuff together?  Let’s do this!



So now you know how to create gorgeous artisan cake boards without the expense and time that fondant cake boards take.  You are going to be looking at every roll of gift wrap and every piece of scrap book paper a little differently.  So many beautiful colors and patterns out there, you are sure to find one that compliments your next cake masterpiece perfectly!


Cake board tutorial


Cake board tutorial


Have a Sweet Day!






  1. Very Nice, Shani. I have not used this method yet, but I will now. Thank you

  2. Hi Shani! Where do you get your foam core from? I didn’t see a link for that. thanks!

  3. It’s great ?? Idea ! Thank you ! Now I’ll making that !

  4. Thank you so much for this video very informative. Your awesome!!!

  5. Thank you so much for a wonderful idea! Fondant covered boards are expensive to make and you have to pass it on to the customer. This will help.

  6. Michele Bloom

    Fantastic! I’m just getting started and you’re tutorials are SO helpful. I discovered you on YouTube when I was researching how to do my first wedding cake tasting (that video is awesome by the way). Thank you for sharing this!

  7. Dotty J Boucher

    I have to say , I absolutely love what you did here, I think this is beautiful! and well put together.. I am a clutts when it comes to doing things such as this, and watching your video really inspired me to take the next step.. Thanks..

  8. shanissweetart

    That made my day Dotty, thank you! Your comment is why I love sharing what I do. It makes me happy to know I am helping people make beautiful things!

  9. camille keshwar

    love it were can i get foam core thanks in advance

  10. Oh my goodness. This is wonderful and you made it so easy and clear to understand! Thank you so much. One question….when you purchase the Mulberry Paper Sheets, the link sent me to a page that sold 12″ X 9″ Sheets. Your Mulberry Paper looked so much bigger than that. Did it send me to the right page on Amazon?

    Thank you so, SO much. Can’t wait to get your answer and get started on this!

  11. Hi Tanya, I so glad you found my tutorial useful! You should be able to choose different size options from the company. I particularly love the Unryu papers which you can get in 25″ x 37″ sheets

  12. That was lovely, Shani…What a lot of valuable information! You made it all look so easy and professional. Thank you so much.

  13. Lyndi miller

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Cants wait to give a go!

  14. Mary Ann MOrton

    These are terrific tips. Thank you! Can’t wait to give this a try!!

  15. Mary Lynn Mytrysak

    Hello..I am doing a cake and the board that will be used is a surf board, It needs to be 20″ long. what would you suggest? Your work is beautiful

    • Hello! Thanks for the sweetness😊. I would use foamcore for the board. You can get it a craft supply stores. Either 1/2 inch thick or two layers of 1/4”.

  16. Sherry Rocco

    is the contact paper food safe for putting your cake directly on it?

    • Hello Sherry. It depends on the brand. I use a cake board under my cake so it’s not a concern for me but I suggest you check with the manufacturer of the brand of contact paper you use if you are not using a cake board.

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