Do I Need A Cake Dummy?

Decorating By courtney1009 Updated 19 Aug 2008 , 12:01am by jibbies

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 8:59pm
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Is a cake dummy something special? Or can I just cut some styrofoam and use that?

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pinklesley1 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:22pm
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yes you can... they are just easier, bc the dummy comes preformed... but i have had to use styroform blocks and carve out of that in the past... not hard but rather messy, so i would do it out doors...

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:26pm
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Thanks! If I do decide to buy a cake dummy do I need to buy them with rounded edges or a the straight ones fine?

TexasSugar Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:27pm
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I use regular styrofoam from Michaels all the time. My dad cuts it into the shapes I need with a band saw. icon_smile.gif

pinklesley1 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:34pm
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depends on what look you want.. they have them both ways... texas i need to get ur dad to talk to your dad... my dad nor my DH do that for me.. and the sound of cutting the styrofoam creeps me out...

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:39pm
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Do the edges have to be rounded to look good? Does it make it look more realistic? Or are the straight edges better? Sorry for all the questions. but I think I might order some tomorrow so I want to get the right thing.

pinklesley1 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:41pm
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i never use the rounded edges... dont like them, but if that is what you like then go for it...

TexasSugar Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:49pm
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If you are using fondant you may need to round the edges a little with the regular styrofoam. I just take the edges and press it against the counter and that makes the edges not so sharp which can tear your fondant.

Pinklesley1, I do have to admit I have it good. He has cut all kinds of shapes from rounds to hexagons to squares to the topsy turvy one I used for last years ICES Convention. He even cut me one once in the shape of Texas.

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:51pm
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What don't you like about them?

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 9:56pm
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So then I can just smooth the edges a little bit and not pay the extra money for the rounded ones?

weirkd Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 10:13pm
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I take a nail file or emery board to the sides of them and its enough to stop the tearing and not so much that it makes them look rounded.

courtney1009 Posted 18 Aug 2008 , 11:43pm
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Thanks a lot!

jibbies Posted 19 Aug 2008 , 12:01am
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Here's a couple of links to companies that sell cake dummies.
http://taylorfoam.com/taylorfoam_com/door/
http://dallasfoam.com/

Have fun

Jibbies

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