I see people have made "dummy cakes" .. as a newbie here, does that mean the "cakes" arent cake? whats the best thing to use then for a prop to cover ? Thanks!
You can get "dummy" cake tiers in any of several shapes and sizes from cake supply stores and mail-order places. They're usually made of styrofoam. You can cover and stack them just like they were real cake tiers. They tend to come out a lot nicer than real cakes because they're very regular in shape and the edges are crisp (unlike a lot of fresh-from-the-oven cakes!). If you're covering them with fondant, you'll need to moisten them with a little something (I use a spray bottle of water) so that the fondant will stick to them. Another nice thing about them is that they can be re-used. They're excellent for display cakes that need to last a long time, for competition cakes (where this is allowed) and for building up a portfolio of different types of decoration when you haven't had orders for certain kinds of cake (I'm working on a series of dummy wedding cakes, myself). If you're interested, get yourself an assortment of them and have fun creating!
Careylin cc deleted your mentioned online supplier, is their a way around that? Using dashes between letters maybe? LOL. Thanks!
I like the above mentioned store too! Have placed several orders with them. They do custom orders and everything.
If you only need a few dummies though and last minute....Global Sugar Art sells them pretty reasonable.... the other above store has a $10 minimum so if you only need like three or four, AND you are already placing an order with GSA (to even out shipping) I'd just order from GSA.
Thanks everyone for the info ! I also found another company out of Georgia that is reasonably priced I'll give them both a try!