Cake Dummies

Decorating By caleyb Updated 1 Jul 2010 , 11:45am by cakesbymark

caleyb Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:31pm
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Where is the most inexpensive place to get cake dummies - I want to practice frosting - they are not going to be for display - just practice. Thanks.

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leah_s Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:40pm
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I get mine from www. dallas foam online .com

caleyb Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:43pm
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leah....it blocked what you said, I guess. Can you just write the name of the site without putting it in www. format - maybe I can see it then. Thanks.

tracycakes Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:45pm
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I get mine from www.dallasfoam.com They are extremely cheap. You do have to a $10 minimum order.

Fancicakes Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:50pm
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Hi. I have some arriving today from Country Kitchen Sweetart in Indiana - ordered them Friday morning.

leah_s Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:50pm
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ditto tracy

grossoutqueen Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:51pm
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I just got some from ebay. The ebay store is called thefoamstudiodotcom And you actually spell the "dotcom".... It's not ".com" icon_smile.gif Just to clarify.

I got a set of 5 4" dummies in sizes 6,8,10,12 and 14 for $17.49 with free shipping. I did quite a bit of comparison shopping as I always do to find the best deal and couldn't find anything to beat this. Another CC'er recommended Dallas Foam and they have good prices but the same thing I got would have cost almost $25 from Dallas Foam.

I haven't received the set in the mail yet (supposed to get here today) but I have messaged back and forth with the ebay seller and there communication is wonderful and it shipped out the same day. I can't wait to get them so I can get startedicon_smile.gif

caleyb Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 1:57pm
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thanks!!!

JaimeAnn Posted 29 Jun 2010 , 10:14pm
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I just ordered 2 sets 4 tier round 4" and 4 tier square 4" with the shipping total was $25 from Dallas-foam .

grossoutqueen Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 12:15am
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Originally Posted by JaimeAnn

I just ordered 2 sets 4 tier round 4" and 4 tier square 4" with the shipping total was $25 from Dallas-foam .




How did you manage that?
What were the sizes of your tiers?
How much was the shipping?

I double checked dallas foam for the same tiers I bought from ebay and still got $25. The total for just the 5 tiers was 12.00 and the shipping was 13.44...

JaimeAnn Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 7:15pm
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This is what I got from www.DallasFoam.com ,

Product : Quantity : Price
6in Dia x 4in Thick - Round Cake Dummy : 1 : 0.85
8in Dia x 4in Thick - Round Cake Dummy : 1 : 1.75
10in Dia x 4in Thick - Round Cake Dummy : 1 : 2.50
4in Dia x 4in Thick - Round Cake Dummy : 1 : 0.85
4x4 in by 4 in Thick - Square Cake Dummy : 1 : 0.85
6x6 in by 4 in Thick - Square Cake Dummy : 1 : 0.85
8x8 in by 4 in Thick - Square Cake Dummy : 1 : 1.25
10in Dia x 4in Thick - Round Cake Dummy : 1 : 2.50

Subtotal : 11.40
Shipping : 13.44
TOTAL : 24.84


I went with the 4"-10" for my sets because they are just for photos for my website. It is VERY hard to tell what size a cake is in a photo, so it is basicly for the design.

In a pic you cant tell if a stacked cake is 12",10", 8", 6" or 10", 8", 6", 4"....
It is aslo easier to store and less materials to decorate.

The shipping was the same for 1 set or 2 so it made the second set only $5.45

skinnyminx Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 9:42pm
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Sorry for my ignorance but what do you do with the dummies? Do ye just decorate them to show off at wedding fairs etc?

megankennedy Posted 30 Jun 2010 , 9:56pm
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If you are on the East Coast, I just ordered mine from guildcraft furniture on York, Pa. Dallas Foam would have been priced cheaper for the actual dummies, but shipping costs would have been $60alone, almost double the price! I got my order within 2 days, and customer service was great! I got over 20 pieces from 4" to 12" in round, square, star, sheet, and "paisley"/teardrop for about $80. Hope this helps!

JaimeAnn Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 5:53am
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Originally Posted by skinnyminx

Sorry for my ignorance but what do you do with the dummies? Do ye just decorate them to show off at wedding fairs etc?




I use them to decorate for pictures to add to my portfolio and website, so that I don't have to make real cake and it go to waste. (My family doesn't eat much sweets)

You can also use them for risers or spacers between real cake layers.

It is also a good way to demonstrate tier sizes to customers , sometimes people come in and order a 4 tier cake expecting it to be 4 feet tall. If you have a set of dummies you can show them about what size thier cake will be.

Jeep_girl816 Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 6:11am
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Thanks for the info! I just came to the decision this afternoon that I needed a set or two of dummies to play with icon_smile.gif

Thanksharla Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 8:45am
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Thanks for the info everyone. I to need to get some dummies to practice with.

Abbiedal Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 9:43am
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dallasfoam on ebay I got 5 layer cake for $18.00 with delivery

skinnyminx Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 10:30am
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that is such a good idea. ive been dying to make cakes that ive desingned in my head or seen in a book that ive been dying to try but ive had to wait for an occasion for friends birthdays etc as to its a sin to waist the cake.. very good im going to invest in some dummies..do you think your suppliers would ship to ireland???

cakesbymark Posted 1 Jul 2010 , 11:45am
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dallas foam has great prices upfront but to ship to me in NH was way too expensive for my taste i think my order was right around $17 for the dummies but over $22 for shipping alone..... what gets me is their is some size to the box but zero weight to it... oh well going to try the place in York Pa. thanks megankennedy for the tip
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