Cake Dummies

Decorating By kake4me2 Updated 26 Feb 2009 , 11:17pm by artsywest

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kake4me2 Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 8:33pm
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What does everyone use for their dummies to practice on (not for display). I would like to as much practice as possible and this isn't always practical on a real cake.
(I will still make cakes to get the "real" experience as well.)

What works best? The ones from the websites advertised here or can I just go to Michaels and get some styrofoam is diff shapes???

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cylstrial Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 8:49pm
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I've never ordered from Taylor Foam, but some people on CC directed me to it. The prices seem great. =o) Good luck!

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tracycakes Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:08pm
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I've ordered from Dallas Foam and they are cheap. www.**********.com

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Liniti Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:23pm
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LOL! I just clicked on this thread thinking it was one for the inexperienced cake decorator....that'll be me.... icon_biggrin.gificon_wink.gif

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dailey Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:33pm
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www.**********.com is great!!!

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cakesandbakes Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:35pm
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I usually order mine from dallas foam or from decopac they have graet prices, then (because I'm cheap!) I wrap them in press n seal before I use them. Them you can just lift the press n seal off when you are done and start over!!

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mommicakes Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:37pm
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I have ordered from Taylor a couple of times. actually I am waiting for another order should be here tomorrow. They are very nice to work with, I called to check the status of the order, and they emailed me the tracking number so I could check on it. Prices are not too bad. I usually only use them for display purposes like for shows and consults as visuals for brides. If I don't have one available, I will use anything in a shape I can find. Last night, I used a plain square box to make a present "dummy" out of, covered w/ fondant and voila! Go to your craft store and see what you find.

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aquachic Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:37pm
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I ordered from www.**********.com off of ebay. The prices were great and they shipped fast.

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tx_cupcake Posted 23 Feb 2009 , 9:40pm
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I would advise you to avoid the styro rounds from Michaels. You will spend a lot of money for not so great results.

I get all of my dummmies from Dallas-Foam.

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kake4me2 Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 6:09pm
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Some of the websites are blocked...

Anyone else have suggestions???

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steph_78 Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 6:16pm
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We just bought about 20 from Bulk Barn.

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nanatrucker Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 7:55pm
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I went to a furniture store and picked up some scrap strofoam they had to practice with. It works great and didn't cost a dime.

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mommicakes Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 7:59pm
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Originally Posted by nanatrucker

I went to a furniture store and picked up some scrap strofoam they had to practice with. It works great and didn't cost a dime.




Now that is good thinking. Did it come apart easily or was it really sturdy enough to use? Did you use BC or fondant? Just curious. I have a bunch of dummies, but right now, I find myself needing 3 more and I don't have time to wait for shipping, this would be great if they actually hold up well. Please let me know.
Thanks,
donna

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Win Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 8:06pm
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www.**********.com dummies are great. You will find them blocked here (not sure why, they have always given me good customer service and quick shipment) --Google them. They usually can be bought of eBay as well from them. ******************** has some of the more unique shapes, commas, hexagons, etc. They are a little more expensive and their shipping is slower.

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janelwaters Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 8:17pm
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I really don't understand why www.**********.com is blocked - I have ordered from them SEVERAL times and I have always been happy with the results, I think they are the cheapest and the shipping is crazy fast!!

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janelwaters Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 10:08pm
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I read a post from Heath about how they block websites that have somehow solicited CC members or not provided good customer service or something like that.

Anyway! I have always had great service from www.**********.com so that is my suggestions!! (for whatever that's worth! haha!!)

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nanatrucker Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 10:53pm
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mommicakes,They hold up real well I just sanded the edges off a little. I done some using fondant and some with the bc.

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artsywest Posted 26 Feb 2009 , 11:17pm
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I went to Menards and bought a huge sheet of pink household insulating foam to use for my cake dummies. I was able to carve it quite easily and I can make a kabillion cakes for not much money.

Somehow when DH and I go out for the evening, we always end up at Menards....sigh.

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