Chalkboard Cakes

Nicolette van Niekerk
We’ve seen some movement towards this new trend during the last part of  2013 and I wasn’t sure if this will be followed through to 2014, but recently I’ve slowly but surely seen different versions of this style. What makes this so interesting, is that the chalkboard effect can be done on a cake, but can also be followed through by adding a “backdrop” behind any cake for the matter.
Chalkboard cake

Chalkboard cake

A chalkboard plaque, board backdrop or even writing on a cake, adds a personal touch to any cake.It grabs the attention of the guests and also creates a beautiful picture for the photographer to take. I’ve mentioned it today to a bridal couple that came for a consultation that; gone is the day that a cake is being moved into the corner of the hall, or that it stands in front of a dirty white or the wrong-colored wall. The cake can be made as a decorative feature as well. Why not placing the wedding cake in front of a chalkboard with a personal message on.A quote or a poem would work well? I’ve delivered cakes in the past, that was placed in the middle of the dance floor for all the guests to admire before the bride and groom even arrives.It gives the cake the rightful attention and admiration that it deserves.The couple would then walk into the hall for the first time, straight to the cake, cut the cake and then move on to their table. Here follows some examples of chalkboard cakes that we made to illustrate the above:
Chalkboard backdrop with a quote.

Chalkboard backdrop with a quote.

 
Personalised messages onto a Chalkboard cake

Personalized messages onto a Chalkboard cake

Oh and….an added benefit for the cake decorator is that we do not have to be concerned about getting all the excess cornstarch off the cake that use to ruin a completely black cake.This is what creates the chalkboard “look” in the first place.We think this is such a clever idea!  How to create this cake: Cover the cake with black fondant and try not to remove the excess cornstarch. With a piece of paper towel, rub the cornstarch onto the surface in circular motions or create the “scratched” look by dragging the paper from one side to another. Mix white edible powder with a few drops of clear alcohol (Vodka would work) or vanilla essence.The vodka or essence will evaporate and only the white powder will stay behind once painted on. Use a fine paintbrush to do the writing onto the cake.