Choosing the right cake board and box

It is important to use the right size cake boards and cake boxes.  We have a huge range of professional quality cake boards and cake boxes that are an integral part of your cake. They add to the design and are essential to ensure that cakes don’t get damaged during storage/transportation.

We have the largest range of cake boards and boxes in Tamworth – we stock from 3 to 22 inches!  We have, silver gold and coloured boards in both square and round – but what board do you need for your type of cake? 

Fruit Cakes, Wedding Cakes, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cakes, Upside-Down Cakes and Pound Cake

If you’re making a heavy cake, such as fruit cakes, madeira and dundee cakes or a Wedding, Christening, Christmas or Simnel cake it is best to use a ‘12mm drum’ cake board. These boards are thick and give you strength and rigidity for transporting your cake.

Choose a board which is at least two inches bigger than the cake tin it was baked in; this allows for the thickness of marzipan, icing and also for any decoration around the edge of the board.  If you intend to put decoration or lettering on the board you might be better with an even larger size cake board. 

Sponge Cakes, Battenberg, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cakes, Upside-Down Cakes and Pound Cake

As these cakes are much lighter, you can choose to use a thinner “3mm hardboard” which wont overwhelm the cake. Once again, choose a cake board that is at least 2 inches bigger because you’ll want to allow room for decoration. 

Croquembouche and Profiterole Stacks   

With a large croquembouche display, a thicker board like a drum would be better. Remembering to allow the two inches or so either side for the display and any caramel threading, so something like a 12 inch upwards depending on the quantity of the choux pastry involved and the height desired. 

Cheesecakes, Tarte Tatin, Tiramisu, Gateaux, Ice-Cream Cakes, Cream-Pie Cakes, Banoffee, Genoise and Pavlova  

For desserts that are lighter, or for just a base, our a 3mm hardboard will be the best. Again use the two to three inches for presentation and to limit any items falling off the cake as it is served up. 

Shaped Cakes  

Heart, hexagon and rectangle shaped boards are available for special shaped or novelty cakes. We stock 5 sizes of rectangle board from 10 x 13 inches all the way up to giant 32 x 20 inch thick wooden boards.

Other board shapes such as hearts and hexagons are available to order.

Double stacked boards 

You could always make a feature of your boards by double stacking two contrasting colours. Stack one slightly larger than the other to compliment the design of the cake.  

They can also be used to create a tier in the cake. Stick together with double-sided tape and wrap around a matching ribbon and it can become a focus on the cake. 

Cake Boxes 

For the perfect fit, choose the same size box as the cake board you are using. If the cake is shaped, i.e. heart, then measure the widest part of the board and use this size. Small pieces of polystyrene or a small piece of none slip mat can be used to prevent the cake from moving within the box. 

We stock cake boxes from 6 to 20 inches in sturdy white card or seasonal Christmas boxes for cakes and yule logs. We also stock full sized box extensions, for those taller cakes, because it is essential to have a box that fits to protect it. Our box extenders are available from 6 – 20 inches.

We stock PME crystal clear cake boxes so if you want to present the cake as a gift this is ideal. Available in 10 and 12 inches, tied with a pretty ribbon from our selection, it turns your cake into a beautiful gift.  

Cupcake boxes 

We love cupcakes! But if you need to transport them or give them as a gift, you’ll want to make sure they’re secured and protected. We have a range of singles, 4’s, 6’s, 12’s, 16’s and 25’s. We also do striped boxes as well as leather look boxes if you want an extra special gift.

Cupcakes can be used as favours for wedding or party guests. Our range of clear and single cupcake boxes are perfect for this so why not think about having cupcake favours at your next event? 

See more of our range of cake boards and cake boxes from our cake shop