Kitagrl Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 2:47am

Is there anywhere that explains in detail how to build those wacky cake stands (like on the "Last Cake Standing" or cake challenges) using piping and joints and whatever those little round stand pieces are...???

Of course nobody is going to order one and be willing to pay a ton of money for a cake like that, but I'd like to have it sort of in my mind just in case...or if I decide to make one for fun someday.

Thanks!

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TheCornerBakery Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 2:53am

Funny I was wondering not how to build one but how do they disasseble those to actually eat the cake?

Cal Java has Browen's line of those stands and you can get a great idea how they are assembled just by looking at them.

They are pipes and joints with the small plates holding the cakes in place.

Kitagrl Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 3:00am

I got that...but wondered what holds the plates in place, and how you assemble the stand, and if you have to thread the cake totally on from top to bottom...or build the stand up as you go?

ibmoser Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 2:59pm

I'm really curious, too. Some of the pipes used on FN Challenges were metal pipes with the different angled joints and flanges screwed into plywood boards, and Courtney appeared to build as she stacked. But how does the cake stay in place and hang on without tearing icon_biggrin.gif . Others used the white PVC plumbing pipes instead of metal. "My" ICES chapter (SC) is sponsoring Bronwen and Francois next month for a DOS and then two days of classes. The second day is extreme sculpting, and they will talk about support systems. I can hardly wait thumbs_up.gif

debster Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 3:08pm

Kitagirl.......................hahahahahahahaha I was online this morning searching for the same answer. Those cakes are amazing and the one bronwen had was amazing also. I loved how those cakes went so neatly up the road.

They have to get their ideas from somewhere, I know that part isn't learned in pastry school or is it?

I also would love to try on for family one day, my clients wouldn't afford to pay for one, unless of course they got it for 100.00

tonedna Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 4:08pm

Is all builduing materials..Now we are getting out of chef school and getting into another area..Go to home depot...all you need ismetal or PVC tubes, plates and bolts and knowledge in how to cut them.. Is learning some basic plumbing techniques..
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debster Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 4:22pm

Ok Edna, you up for a tutorial? icon_biggrin.gif

shelly-101 Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 5:08pm

maybe this will give you an idea it is the stand form caljava it is pvc pipe and wooden plates you could probably build something similar with the piping used in the show last night just thought this might get you started.
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debster Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 5:44pm

Thanks Shelly ...................what's the website for this if you don't mind?

shelly-101 Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 5:51pm

it is www.caljavaonline.com

the stands are usually on the front page if not look under cake study and it is called the caddy wampus stand the also have them in square.


it is not global sugar art but when i try to put the web site in it changes it to global sugar art for some strange reason. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif

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jen1977 Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 6:05pm

It does change it to Global Sugar Art. Weird. It's caljavaonline then add the dot and the com

Kiddiekakes Posted 27 Apr 2009 , 6:24pm

They also sell Bronwens stands on the C A L J A V A O N L I N E Site..They have been sold out for months Grrrr...Sorry about the caps but if you don't CC will block out the name.

tonedna Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 3:26am

lol.. debster...do the photos work for you???
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Cakepro Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 3:34am
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Originally Posted by ibmoser

But how does the cake stay in place and hang on without tearing




This is what I want to know too!!

Anybody who has ever played with Legos can put together PVC piping. It's very easy.

I just want to know how the heck the cakes sit at those angles without the cake succumbing to gravity!

Kitagrl Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 3:40am
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Originally Posted by tonedna

Is all builduing materials..Now we are getting out of chef school and getting into another area..Go to home depot...all you need ismetal or PVC tubes, plates and bolts and knowledge in how to cut them.. Is learning some basic plumbing techniques..
Edna icon_smile.gif




I wish I would have known I needed shop class to become a cake decorator. icon_cry.gif


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mamacc Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 11:45am

The thing is, that if you go to home depot they don't have those plates with the threaded holes... I mean maybe you can get something similar but not those exact plates. As far as I know they also don't have that crooked pvc piece either. Maybe you can find these things online somewhere.

I just built a huge dragon cake stand out of pvc so I've been dealing with this lately.... I used all pvc and metal flanges, 4 flanges screwed to the base and then 4 more flanges that are attached underneath the board that will hold the body. And then more flanges with pvc on top of that to hold up the neck/head, tail, and wings. I spent $50 on metal flanges alone for this cake!!

debster Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:04pm

I don't know Edna I'll ask husband, icon_lol.gif Kitagirl..................ain't that the truth you need shop classs pluss computer class all to do cake decorating now a days.................sheesh!!!!!!!! It takes soooooooooooooooooooo much of the cake time away. I still say I need Duffs crew and his money to pay them. icon_lol.gif

Kitagrl Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:15pm

The computer is okay but man I just need to hire a construction worker for everything else, I think!

CakesByLJ Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:23pm
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Originally Posted by ibmoser

I'm really curious, too. Some of the pipes used on FN Challenges were metal pipes with the different angled joints and flanges screwed into plywood boards, and Courtney appeared to build as she stacked. But how does the cake stay in place and hang on without tearing icon_biggrin.gif . Others used the white PVC plumbing pipes instead of metal. "My" ICES chapter (SC) is sponsoring Bronwen and Francois next month for a DOS and then two days of classes. The second day is extreme sculpting, and they will talk about support systems. I can hardly wait thumbs_up.gif




I'm registered in both classes, and can hardly wait either.. see ya there.. thumbs_up.gif

debster Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:28pm

Wow how lucky are you LJ , come back and fill us in on some of this plumbing stuff......................... icon_biggrin.gif

shelly-101 Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:37pm
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[quote="mamacc"]The thing is, that if you go to home depot they don't have those plates with the threaded holes... I mean maybe you can get something similar but not those exact plates. As far as I know they also don't have that crooked pvc piece either. Maybe you can find these things online somewhere.





I know you can't I was just trying to be nice and give everyone some sort of idea of how to do one and the things that you might possibly need not those exact things but something similar. sorry for just trying to help. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif

CakesByLJ Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:44pm
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Originally Posted by debster

Wow how lucky are you LJ , come back and fill us in on some of this plumbing stuff......................... icon_biggrin.gif




Will I need a plumber's license now? icon_lol.gif Just think.. hubby and I both will be excited to shop at Home Depot .... icon_lol.gif

ibmoser Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 1:44pm

Wow - didn't get notice of all the additions to this thread. Shelly - thanks so much for posting the close-ups of the fittings and pieces in the Cake Study kits. Why didn't I buy one of the wonky set-ups in Orlando?!?!? LJ - I'm so excited - I'll be looking for you in Charleston thumbs_up.gif

debster Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 2:10pm

Shelley ...........your fine nothing meant bad I 'm sure. Thanks for the pics at least we know what we need. It's out there in plumbers land somewhere. IT's so hard reading into emails I think sometimes.

mamacc Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 6:47pm

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The thing is, that if you go to home depot they don't have those plates with the threaded holes... I mean maybe you can get something similar but not those exact plates. As far as I know they also don't have that crooked pvc piece either. Maybe you can find these things online somewhere.




I know you can't I was just trying to be nice and give everyone some sort of idea of how to do one and the things that you might possibly need not those exact things but something similar. sorry for just trying to help. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gificon_redface.gif




Actually you were helpful because I've been wanting to see more detailed pictured of those stands and yours were great....you can really see how it's contstructed. icon_smile.gif It's just frustrating that those stands are so expensive, and you can't find those exact parts, ya know?? I've heard of people using toilet flanges...but those are so darn huge! And why don't they sell those curved pvc pieces anywhere!?!? I like building my own stands so I can customize them to how I want them to be.

mamacc Posted 28 Apr 2009 , 6:52pm

PS. Sorry if I sounded irritable. I have 3 days to finish this huge dragon cake before driving it 6-8 hours to Maryland and I'm nowhere near done! heeeellllllllppppppp!!!!

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