Dummy Cake

Decorating By Cakelayer Updated 1 Jun 2010 , 6:49am by Marianna46

Cakelayer Posted 31 May 2010 , 5:34pm
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I was wondering what I should use under the fondant on a dummy cake. Is it necessary to use anything at all? Should I use buttercream or the spackle that I use for my buttercream (or whipped cream) dummy cakes?


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Lindsram Posted 31 May 2010 , 5:42pm
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I personally have not tried it, but I have seen people use piping gel. It seemed to work out for them.

Marianna46 Posted 31 May 2010 , 5:49pm
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All you really need is to spray it with a little water (not too much or it will melt your fondant). I have a small pump spray bottle that I bought just for that purpose.

dsilvest Posted 31 May 2010 , 5:49pm
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Just a light spritzing of water is all you need. Some people like shortening. I find it messy. I just dampen the foam with water and let it sit on a towel while I am rolling out the fondant. Make sure you soften the upper edge and corners if square so that the sharp edge does not tear the fondant. You can use sandpaper, a rolling pin, your hand or the counter to soften the edge.

sandy1 Posted 31 May 2010 , 5:55pm
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Wilton suggests that you brush a small amount of water on the surface of the Styrofoam before placing the fondant on it. I round out the edges of the Styrofoam first. This I do by rolling the edges on a flat surface. Be sure not to saturate the foam.

BlakesCakes Posted 31 May 2010 , 6:29pm
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I prefer to use just crisco on my dummies. I find that it fills in small imperfections and allows me to adjust the fondant easily.

I smooth the upper edge with an emery board so that the fondant doesn't tear, massage the dummy liberally with crisco, and then put on the fondant.

No sticky stuff and if I have to adjust or remove the fondant, it can just be re-kneaded.


dsilvest Posted 31 May 2010 , 7:04pm
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A spritzing of water also allows you to easily adjust the fondant and if it need to be removed and kneaded it is also very easy to do. You are just dampening the foam, not soaking it, so the fondant does not become sticky.

BlakesCakes Posted 31 May 2010 , 7:10pm
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I find that any water added to fondant makes it sticky.

I've also noticed that if there are any imperfections in the dummy the fondant will "shrink" into them more when using water. With the shortening, this doesn't happen.


Marianna46 Posted 31 May 2010 , 10:12pm
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That's a good point, Rae. I think I'll try your method next time I'm using a dummy. I generally use dummies more than once, and it seems to me it might be easier to get the old fondant off if I use shortening. Would you say that's true?

dsilvest Posted 31 May 2010 , 10:35pm
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It is easy to get the fondant off without any effort if you use water or shortening. Piping get is a bit more work. The easiest way is to place the foam in the dishwasher. You can also soak it in water. If the fondant is really fresh it just peels off.

BlakesCakes Posted 1 Jun 2010 , 12:47am
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Originally Posted by Marianna46

That's a good point, Rae. I think I'll try your method next time I'm using a dummy. I generally use dummies more than once, and it seems to me it might be easier to get the old fondant off if I use shortening. Would you say that's true?

I think it's easier--having tried all 3 methods (water, piping gel, & shortening)--especially when the fondant is fairly fresh (less than 2 wks. on the dummy).

If my dummy is pretty banged up--I re-use those mainly for classes--when I used water and left the fondant on for a fairly long time, boy, that stuff would stick in the imprefections like high grade cement.

I put my dummies in the dishwasher, too, to get the fondant off. I put them in the top rack, no soap, air dry, and they come out beautifully. If the dummy doesn't fit in the dishwasher, I soak them in hot water in a big plastic bin. If I'm in a a rush, if the glue is shortening, the hot water loosens up the fondant and I can get a palette knife under it easily and pry off big chunks quickly.

Obviously, it's a personal preference and to each his/her own. I was first taught piping gel (hated the mess), then water (for me, fine unless I had to start over and then I had to compensate for the water added to the fondant), and then was I was told about using shortening.

To me, the shortening process was just easier from start to finish. I roll on a smear of shortening, I have to knead in a tiny amount, anyway, so it was, for me, just a continuation of a theme.


Marianna46 Posted 1 Jun 2010 , 6:49am
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My only problem is that I don't have a dishwasher (or rather my dishwasher is whoever I can con into doing it that day), but I can see soaking my dummies in hot water. And you're right about the shortening being a continuation of the theme: I've started working more shortening into my fondant than I used to, with wonderful results. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes to use shortening on the dummies. Thanks for the idea.

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