I'm making a giant cake for my son's 3rd birthday with 1 real tier and 4 dummy tiers. It's going to be a lot of work, so I want to get as much as possible done early. How early can I decorate the 4 dummy tiers?
Also, do I have to do anything to the dummy to make the fondant stick? Maybe a light rub with crisco or piping gel? Would that affect how long it can sit out?
There are several things you can use to attach fondant to a dummy. Piping gel, icing or just plain water. Me, I use water now because it's cheap and works fine. You just want a very small amount of water though, not soaking.
Hoenstly, since they are dummies, you can cover them as far in advance as you want. I have dummy cakes from last year I covered and decorated still around.
I agree, you can do them as early as you want. I would keep them out of bright lights and sunlight to prevent fading, but I've had dummies sit around for a while and not had any problems with them.
Thank you! This is going to help me immensely if I can get 4 of the 5 tiers out of the way. I appreciate the responses!!
I also agree, first I usually just lightly spray my dummies with water, you could wipe it with a damp towel too. Just to get a littel moister on there.
And as for timeline? you can do them years in advance if you really wanted to. The bottom tier in this cake is fake and was done 3 years ago now. It still looks just as good, even with the edible images on there.