Building A Cake Portfolio

Decorating By dst10spr97 Updated 12 Dec 2014 , 9:04pm by babyblue113

dst10spr97 Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 8:49pm
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For someone who is looking to build a cake portfolio...other than taking pictures when making cakes for others. Do any of you decorate dummy cakes just to take pictures of them? I have a few friends with older kids with birthday's coming up and I am going to make cakes for them as my gift, so I am going to take pictures then. But I am looking for ways to build up my portfolio. And where can you purchase dummy cakes? Thanks.

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Dayti Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 9:07pm
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I have decorated dummies just to take pictures of. You can start off with plain white, then add ribbon, then add brooch(es), then add fondant cut outs, stencil, etc. You can also do one design on one side, another on the back, since you don't see the whole cake in the photo. So you can take pictures of various styles, having only covered one cake with fondant/buttercream. When you get bored of white, strip the dummies off and do another colour/style.
Search for dummy cakes on here and you will find a couple of companies in the US who ship these. I can't put links up because they are blocked and I got into trouble the other day for spelling one of them out with spaces...

cheatize Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 7:18am
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For a visual on starting with a blank cake, adding ribbon, adding flowers, etc.... look for Indydebi's flickr photos. She has her's on there and it's interesting how many different looks you can get just by adding elements one at a time.

dst10spr97 Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 1:27pm
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I am going to check it out, thanks.

tarheelgirl Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 2:09pm
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When I first started putting my portfolio together, that is exactly what I did. Decorate one side of the dummy snap a picture and turn to decorate the back a different way. This gets you 2 different looks/pictures with one cake. Remove one of the tiers and get a completely different look. I sometimes pull my dummy back out to try new techniques. No cake to waste!

cloetzu Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 2:56pm
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Originally Posted by cheatize

For a visual on starting with a blank cake, adding ribbon, adding flowers, etc.... look for Indydebi's flickr photos. She has her's on there and it's interesting how many different looks you can get just by adding elements one at a time.




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Tclanton Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 3:21pm
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Can cake dummy's be covered in BC?

cfpeoples Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 3:25pm
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To see Indydebi's flickr page, just go to her profile. Then at the bottom you'll see links to different things. Her flickr page is one of them. If you still can't find it, i'm sure you could pm message her. She is SOOO funny!

dsilvest Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 3:43pm
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If you are decorating dummy cakes just for photo purposes attach any fondant or gumpaste pieces with some shortening rather than a liquid. They will easily peel off and you can start again with a new design.

ChunkkeeMunkkee Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 12:32am
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Dallas Foam in the US has great dummies and cheap. Got a whole set of 4" tall rounds for about $13 and they ship pretty fast too.

Normita Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 12:45am
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Originally Posted by ChunkkeeMunkkee

in the US has great dummies and cheap. Got a whole set of 4" tall rounds for about $13 and they ship pretty fast too.




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ChunkkeeMunkkee Posted 1 Feb 2011 , 4:28pm
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Dallas. Foam. That's the name of the place (remove the . in between) Sorry guys, I was just trying to help.

SSJen Posted 28 May 2014 , 10:38pm
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I'm wondering about the actual putting together of the portfolio. Do you all think it's better to use digital media or a hard paper copy of your work? I have lots of cake photos but I'm uncertain what medium would be more appealing to my clients and potential clients. Any advice?

AZCouture Posted 28 May 2014 , 11:27pm
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I'd probably make a Shutterfly or Snapfish book for your coffee table. Something for people to flip thru while they're meeting with you. Pretty inexpensive too.

bakeforfun21 Posted 12 Dec 2014 , 3:38pm
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I bought the styrafoam dummy cakes from Joann Fabrics and I decorate them all the time. They're pretty cheap. 

babyblue113 Posted 12 Dec 2014 , 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by AZCouture 
 

I'd probably make a Shutterfly or Snapfish book for your coffee table. Something for people to flip thru while they're meeting with you. Pretty inexpensive too.

good idea!

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