Warning!! Homemade Cake Dummies!!don't Do It!

Decorating By subaru Updated 29 Nov 2013 , 8:40pm by orchjd422

subaru Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 12:20am
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OK, here's the story of the cake dummy. (AKA one dummy making another).
Want to make some dummy cakes, so I look on the net for cake dummies. Even remember some old threads on here about Dallas Foam co. being the best place to order. But Nooooooooo, I thought the shipping was to expensive in my bargain hunting mind. " I read on here somewhere that I can make my own". So I find the "recipe" for homemade cake dummies, and head off to Wally World to get the STUFF. Great Stuff that is, You know, the stuff that expands like crazy and hardens.
So I spray my pan (Wilton) with Pam, then squirt in the STUFF, do every thing just like it said, leave it for several hours, come home to check it.
Oh, yeah it looks great on the top so I try to get it out of the pan YUK!!!!!
Not set on the bottom, still wet. Wait until morning, still YUCKY. So I plop the whole mess in the trash.It leaves my pan with a horrible mess. Now I have to go to the store and buy a whole bottle of acetone to save my Wilton cake pan. Lots of time and money waisted trying to save on shipping!
Guess what happened next? I ordered them online! Gladly paying the shipping!
So the moral of this LONG story is ........
Don't be a penny pincher all of the time! Sometimes it pays to spend a little to save you more grief in the long run.
If you are needing cake dummies, don't be a dummy! Go straight to
WWW.dallas-foam.com order your dummies and smile when you have to pay shipping!
Lord, I wish I had just paid the shipping to start with! It really wasn't that much after all!

15 replies
Suebee Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 2:43am
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I had the same thing happen to me, I used an old loaf pan to try it out. Does not work!!!

BrandisBaked Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 2:53am
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In a pinch, I'll make a dummy out of rice krispy treats (great for topsy turvy cakes)... but that's only if I have to.

zenu Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 2:55am
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I just received my order of round dummies from Country Kitchen. I ordered them before I found out about dallas foam. I'm still curious thought...can you let me know if you like them when you get them? Maybe I'll order the squares from them.

FatAndHappy Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 2:56am
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Yes - big old mess!!! I'd like to know too!

tasty_treats Posted 14 Jul 2007 , 5:48pm
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Would it work to make your own if you lined your pan first with parchment paper then sprayed the stuff in? (That way it wouldn't wreck your pan)

emmascakes Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 5:36pm
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NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I tried this too and t was a total disaster - the foamkept on expanding and expanding and I ended up having to bin the cake tin icon_sad.gif

subaru Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 5:39pm
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tasty_treats, I tried it that way with the same results. Except it didn't mess up my pan. The stuff wouldn't set up. Like it needed air to set, but how can you give it air on the bottom of the pan?

Housemouse Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 6:50pm
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tasty_treats, I tried it that way with the same results. Except it didn't mess up my pan. The stuff wouldn't set up. Like it needed air to set, but how can you give it air on the bottom of the pan?

Would it have worked if perhaps you'd lined the tins, then sprayed in little of the expanding foam, let that expand/set. Then sprayed in a little more, let that set, and repeat until finished.

Just thinking along the lines of when filling in deep holes in plasterwork, I put some plaster in, score the surface to key the next lot, let it dry, add more plaster etc, until hole is filled and can be rubbed down.

subaru Posted 15 Jul 2007 , 8:53pm
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Yeah, I thought about that afterwords, but I am sitting here patiently waiting for the arrival of my Dallas Foam order.
I figured that with that stuff costing $4.00 a can, and it only makes a couple of 2 in. deep pans (if it worked that is) I still would come out ahead buying the dummies. The dummies are 4 in deep. I ordered 2 complete sets of round ( 6,8,10,&12 in) plus an oval set. Shipping and all it only came to around $40. Good price and little no mess.

Oops, I just went back and checked my order, It was only $30.
$29. and change to be exact. Way better than trying to make them yourself!

whtrbbt420 Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 1:48pm
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I don't know if any of you are in oklahoma, but we have a foam place in town you could probably pick up, or we are closer to your state & shipping might be cheaper.


Now, I don't know much about dummies as I have yet to buy any, but their prices seem resonable to me. A set of 5 tiers goes for less than $20

LaSombra Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 2:34pm
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yeah, they're not too expensive. I've ordered mine from decopac when ordering other stuff at the same time.

That's a good idea with the rice krispie treats though thumbs_up.gif

tashaluna Posted 16 Jul 2007 , 8:24pm
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Thank you for letting us know I had no idea!!

michellejohnson Posted 17 Jul 2007 , 1:33am
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I order all of my dummys from dallasfoam and they are great to work with. Fast shipping too! I have always thought about trying the great stuff method. I'm so glad I didn't!! lol!

mvhatteras Posted 19 Jul 2007 , 6:20am
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i like the rice krispies treat idea!

orchjd422 Posted 29 Nov 2013 , 8:40pm
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