I was hoping someone could help me out fast... Client/friend waited until the DAY before her wedding to bring the cake dumies and stuff for me to "help" her. No problem but, I have never covered a cake dummy before. what is the best to use under fondant, to get ssmooth SQUARE cakes??? any other tips for covering square..ex-- edges-- never can get them right... scrambling for help...PLEASE!!!
I just spritz them with a water bottle, give them a shake to get the excess water off and then cover them with fondant. If the edges of your dummies are sharp, roll your fondant thick or try and soften the edges because they'll tear right through your fondant. I usually order mine with rounded edges so I don't have to fuss with it.
I "paint" a thin layer of piping gel on the dummy part and apply the fondant...sticks like glue. I agree with stephaniescakenj on the edges...I hate it when they tear.
Take another piece of styrofoam and lightly sand the edges -- that will keep your fondant from tearing over the edges. Cake gives but styrofoam doesn't. I use piping gel and swear by it, but others like water and even other things, so I guess it's a matter of preference.
You can also lightly sand the sharp edges with fine sandpaper.
I also use a light spritz of water.
aine2.. a c/cer shows how to cover a square cake on youtube. check it out. she has other tutorials on youtube also. this one on covering sqaure cakes will help you alot. if i roll my fondant on powder sugar .. i spritz the dummy with water litely.. if roll out on a mat with little shortening. i use piping gel on dummy. don,t roll too thin.. hth
I've tried just water, jam with a little water and piping gel.
By far, my favourite was piping gel.
If you want to reuse the dummy, try a thin coating of shortening on the dummy. Your fondant will adhere nicely, but you can easily remove it without damaging the dummy. Also, to soften the edges of the dummy, take your Celpin (or other smooth, rounded tool that fits easily in your hand) and rub it back and forth over the edges to quickly round those sharp edges. Learned both wonderful tips from classes with Julie Bashore. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of her classes, I highly recommend them - she is amazing!
I had heard, from where I do not remember, to cover your dummy in Saran Wrap first . . . then it is really easy to take off fondant for reuse. BUT I do not remember if you apply something on top of the Saran Wrap or not. I have not tried this yet though unfortunately. If someone has already and it doesn't work, let me know! I won't waste my time!
Definitely sand the edges. I also put packing tape around my styrofoam so that it cleans up easier.
I also sand the edges with styrofoam. I cover the dummy with Glad Press N Seal first, then use a thin layer of piping gel. Then, it's easy to reuse the dummy, just peal the Glad off and it's ready to reuse.
Hey, I might be too late to reply, and you are probably done with your cake, I still wanted to share a couple of videos that I found helpful for covering a square cake:
Brandy982006: I've used pipping gel for one of my cake show dummies and it doesn't seem to come off. What do you use to remove the fondant for future use?
I use a hammer to get old fondant off of my dummies. I've found it I just hammer it in a few places, the fondant comes right off. I've used piping gel, buttercream, shortening. It always comes off.