Making A Cake For The Prime Ministers House!!!! Need Help

Decorating By justkist Updated 1 Dec 2010 , 2:38am by KathleenR

justkist Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 2:30am
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OK. I am sooo blessed to have been invited to make a cake to be on display at our Prime Ministers home at 24 Sussex! I am very humble approaching this and I KNOW that this is the chance of a life time! I am so thrilled and so terrified. I will have a MILLION questions over the next two weeks but today I start at the bottom... the board! hahahah

I am doing a winter scene and need a board about 22" x 30". I have only ever used store bought standard boards but I know that the pros and most people on here included make their own boards. I dont have a "DH" to make it for me as I see many people on here do sooooo... If you've got one or know yourself can you please tell me what to buy? hahah

Is it MDF? Particle board etc? What do people buy? and then mine will be covered by the scene but for future ref if you were to just cover a board with fondant what would you use to "stick" the fondant? I will also trim the edge with a ribbon. I assume hot glue is ok for this?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Motta Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 2:59am
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Wow, Wow, Wow!!!!! You must be so excited! I'd be losing sleep over this for sure.

I would suggest you get a local carpenter to cut you a wooden board which will be super-sturdy. I don't know what kind of food-safe paper you'd need to cover it with or even if you need to cover it (because it's wood and wood is often used for food prep and serving). Perhaps someone else can fill you in on that aspect.

Congratulations! What an honor for you. Please post a pic when it's all done.

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:16am
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Congratulations! Your post makes me homesick. I grew up on the other side of the border, our cottage was the last exit in the US on I 81. Straight shot to Ottawa, one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen.

Anyways back to the topic, can you get a lumber store to cut for your specifications?

My MDF boards are extremely thin and wouldn't support that size of cake. Plus they would still have to be custom cut anyways.

You might also ask some custom cabinet makers in your area. A couple of years ago, mine wouldn't give me the time of day. Now that the economy is down, they don't snub so much. They could actually give you a bevel if you want one.

Yes hot glue and ribbon is just fine. Make sure the edges are clean and no ravels.

mareg Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:39am
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Do you have a home depot or lowes? Or any home improvement store by you. They will cut any size you want and then you can sand at home. It's very easy!

blissfulbaker Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 3:47am
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use clear piping gel (wilton makes it) to stick the fondant on the board. just brush it on to make it thin and smooth.

dsilvest Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 4:07am
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The fondant will also stick with just a light spritzing of water. If it is a winter theme you might consider stippling the surface with thinned royal icing applied with crumpled waxed paper to make it look like snow.

Babs1964 Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 4:43am
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Congratulations!!! What an honor thumbs_up.gif

Dayti Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 9:18am
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First and foremost, make sure that size board can get out your kitchen door! Your doorway may be 24" wide or whatever, but maneuvering (sp?) that size rectangular board could be tricky icon_wink.gif You will definitely need help lifting/delivering it.
Good luck, what an exciting project!

HowCoolGomo1 Posted 25 Nov 2010 , 10:05am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dayti

First and foremost, make sure that size board can get out your kitchen door! Your doorway may be 24" wide or whatever, but maneuvering (sp?) that size rectangular board could be tricky icon_wink.gif You will definitely need help lifting/delivering it.
Good luck, what an exciting project!




That has to be some of the best advice I've seen or heard in a long time!

I laugh out loud when it happens on cake shows, but I know it's happened to me.

The cake didn't fit in the car!

justkist Posted 30 Nov 2010 , 8:24pm
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ok. Thanks for all the great advice. The show peice has been down sized (phewf!) to about 22" x 16" and so I got an MDF board (may never use a foil board again after this!!!) and will do as suggested above to cover it to look like snow. I have begun making figurines which look amazing and am moving along nicely.

So question #2... How long would rice krispie treats last as a showpeice? I want to build the house out of RKT if possible as 100% edible is so much better then... 100% edible excet the giant styrofoam block!" hahahaha

Also, I am very excited to be trying sugar for my frozen pond... I foresee at least a few botched attempts and resulting questions from that little expedition in the near future!

Thanks again all!

Dunebuggy Posted 1 Dec 2010 , 2:22am
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Wow! What an incredible honour. I am a fellow Ottawan and I am curious, after reading your posts, how your cake turned out. Would love to see the after pics.

KathleenR Posted 1 Dec 2010 , 2:38am
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Congratulations! What an honor.
I am looking forward to seeing the pictures!

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