I've been wanting to do a dummy with Buttercream, but wasn't sure how to apply it so it will remain and not just chip off after a day or two. This will be for a display in a show, so would I need to wrap it in plastic first or should I just apply directly to dummy?
Those of you who make buttercream dummies: I would appreciate (beyond words) you walking me through your process, application, etc.
Thank you in advance~
Just put it directly on the styro. I omit the vanilla and dream whip from my recipe (not eating it, so dont' need the flavor enhancers), but otherwise it's the same icing I use on regular cakes. Not sure why, but when it's applied to styrofoam, it hardens like concrete. People LUV it at shows when I tell 'em, "Sure! Go ahead!! YOu can touch it!"
It will not fall off after only a couple of days. (Just like it wont' fall off of a real cake, either, after only a couple of days.) I made my M&M cake about 3 years ago and just scraped it off last month .... run the knife under the hardened icing and it pops right off. Wipe the styro down with a wet rag and it's ready to go again.
Styro cakes will last for months/years. And no, they DON'T attract bugs.
And no, they DON'T attract bugs.
Wow! I'm actually surprised by that.
Thanks for answering this post. I'm excited to ice one tonight ~ I'm sick of fondant right now and want to practice my piping anyway.
i teach cake decorating at michaels, etc... i use name brand press n seal.. then decorate with buttercream as usual.. i have a dummie cake , right now , that was decorated 6 months ago. it is the course 11 , basket weave and rope border.. and all the royal icing flowers. i just take it to the trash can.. dump it all in the trash. when i want to use it again.. the press n seal. just adheres to the dummie great. no taping, etc. hth
When traveling with dummy cakes, do you disassemble them and put them together at event?
Also~ when applying buttercream to a dummy, do you weight it down or are the tiers glued together first?
I'm sorry for so many questions.
I use BC as the glue to hold the tiers together. It hardens like concrete, so once they are together ... they are TOGETHER!! I pick the smaller ones up by the top tier only and the bottom tier comes with it.
I never glue the dummies together. I just never needed to. Plus when I take them apart to change the design, I'm not "stuck" with the same set-up because the styro's are glued together.