Pillow Cake Corners Drooping

Decorating By cakesalot13 Updated 10 Aug 2009 , 9:12pm by cakesalot13

cakesalot13 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 3:29pm
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OK, so what's the best method from keeping the carved pillow cake corners from drooping? I've refrigerated/froze the cakes, iced, and all seemed fine, but after covering the fondant, all of it sagged. Although I know this gives a bit of realism, but I liked all the space from underneath the pillows. Any suggestions?
Thx.

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Molly2 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:09pm
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I don't know the answer but here's a bump to keep your question going maybe someone will respond. I have never made a pillow cake but I'd like to know the answer to that in case I do decide to mkae one

Molly

sweetcravings Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:23pm
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Just a wild guess here....why not use a peice of styrofoam cut to shape for the bottom portion of the cake and then make the top portion out of actual cake.? Peice together for the perfect pillow. Never made one, but that's how i would tackle such a cake.

manomi Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:45pm
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Thats a neat idea sweetcravings. I need to make a pillow cake for my daughter's second next week.. Just might try this.. Do you think i should keep a separator like wax paper b/w the styrofoam and cake?

JoJo0855 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:48pm
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It almost sounds like the cake you used was not firm enough. I'd use a very dense pound cake for a pillow design.

Texas_Rose Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:52pm
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Originally Posted by marianauman

Thats a neat idea sweetcravings. I need to make a pillow cake for my daughter's second next week.. Just might try this.. Do you think i should keep a separator like wax paper b/w the styrofoam and cake?




Yes, definitely put something between cake and styrofoam. You could wrap the styrofoam in press and seal wrap instead.

manomi Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 4:53pm
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Thanks...another question..How do we cut the styrofoam in shape? I mean what is the best thing to use..I dont own any fancy cutting tools..

melissaread Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 5:00pm
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just a thought... I made a pillow cake a couple of months ago and was worried to death because of the dreaded Florida humidity... after I covered the entire pillow in fondant, in order to avoid the corners drooping i made little balls out of saran wrap for each corner. I proped them under each corner in the form and height that I wanted so my pillow would look "perky." I think that i had about 6 hrs or so for the fondant to set and dry and I even transported it to the party this way. We removed them when we set up the cake and it turned out perfectly like I wanted it and never drooped (it was about two hours before they cut the cake). Hope that helps!! icon_biggrin.gif

sweetcravings Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 7:15pm
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I would definitely put something between the styro and cake, I'd probably put the cake on a cake board cut to size, and put a dowel through it to hold it from slipping. To cut the styro i'd use a serrated knife or something similar and just cut away bit by bit until you get the desired shape. If you wanted to get really precise you could make a template of the shape you need before cutting the styro. HTH

tonedna Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 7:29pm
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I am with sweetcravings, styrofoam is the easiest way. It can be done all in cake but it needs to be a strong cake.. And yes the styrofoam needs to be cover you can use a cardboard and glue it to the styro It will stay well as soon as you dowel your cake to the styro.
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MelissaMay Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 7:51pm
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Thanks all these are great ideas. Never made a pillow cake because I was too intimidated by the shape (and droopy corners) but I think I will be able to use the styro underneath to make the illusion that it is all shaped like a pillow!!! Thanks! icon_biggrin.gif

manomi Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 8:48pm
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Okay, so i need to dowel the cake thru the styrofoam? How about if i just buttercream cake to cardboard and then glue card board to styrofoam? Its not a big cake.. (almost 8 inches by 2 inch). Do u think I would still need the dowels? If yes, should it be one dowel that goes thru the cake,the board and then styrofoam?

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Molly2 Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 9:41pm
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OK I've been following this all day now I want to make a pillow cake just to see if I can do it. My question is Do I put the Styrofoam under the cake or in between the 2 layers icon_confused.gif I Looked at the tutorial that is on this website and was trying to figurer out where to put the Styrofoam

Molly

tonedna Posted 8 Aug 2009 , 10:41pm
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Originally Posted by marianauman

Okay, so i need to dowel the cake thru the styrofoam? How about if i just buttercream cake to cardboard and then glue card board to styrofoam? Its not a big cake.. (almost 8 inches by 2 inch). Do u think I would still need the dowels? If yes, should it be one dowel that goes thru the cake,the board and then styrofoam?

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I would hold it at least with some skewers just for safety..Styrofoam is light..If the whole thing was cake it would not be as necessary..
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cakesalot13 Posted 10 Aug 2009 , 9:12pm
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I couldnt use styrofoam, as I needed the cake for the amount of servings. Although, I like the saran wrap as support and denser cake for my next one...
thanks.

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