I Need To Put A Tunnel In The Middle Of My Cake

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autigger57 Posted 12 Sep 2011 , 5:35pm
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I am making a chuggington train cake and I was talking to my friend that asked for it. She had already bought the trains for the cake and her little boy wanted a tunnel for them. My first thought was an illusion of a tunnel like all the others, but then she was like he would be really disappointed if it was a real tunnel.

Any suggestions on creating the tunnel? I thought rkt but wondered if they would be firm enough to hold a layer of cake on top.

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seedrv Posted 12 Sep 2011 , 5:49pm
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I've never made a tunnel but my first thought was using a cut up soda bottle or some plastic container that fruit in the produce section comes in. Then frost and/or fondant coat it. When she cuts the cake hitting the soda bottle will be like hitting a piece of cake cardboard. Maybe?

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stampinron Posted 12 Sep 2011 , 6:34pm
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I was thinking of a PVC pipe halved, but the soda pop bottle idea is great! I guess it depends on how large the cake is and if the bottle will do or if you need to go to the hardware departement.

or Possibly a pringles can with foodsafe wrap on it?

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Bri122005 Posted 12 Sep 2011 , 6:56pm
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I did a Dinosaur Train cake with a tunnel in the middle. I used the wilton wedding cake plates & tiers and covered them in fondant/gumpaste mix. Just mushed the fondant in at first to make the walls and let them harden. Then I rolled rocks and put them on the outside and stacked another cake on the top plate. It worked really well.

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Herekittykitty Posted 12 Sep 2011 , 7:28pm
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I did a Thomas cake (in my gallery) that had a tunnel. Since it was my first "major" cake I was winging it. Luckily my cake was soooo dense it supported itself. However, if done again I would take a can, snip the bottom 1/4-1/3 off and cover it in black fondant. I used a circle cookie cutter and slid it through the cake (it wasn't torted and was a wondermold cake) to create the hole.

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autigger57 Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 2:25am
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So kitty you didnt have anything supporting the opening? I think the pringles can may be the best and cheapest idea.....thanks everyone!!! thumbs_up.gif

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Motorhead Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 1:33pm
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i also made a tunnel in my thomas the train cake (in my gallery), i cut one side of a sour cream plastic container, then i layered cake around it and covered with mmf. seemed to hold up really well. i just let the mom know that there was a container in there. since it's a food safe product i thought it was the best option at the time. i then put a train in the tunnel. hth

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geri4292adams Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 2:00pm
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why could'nt you just roll gumpaste out dry it in the shape of a tunnel, decorate it and them place it on the top of your cake?

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Herekittykitty Posted 13 Sep 2011 , 3:17pm
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So kitty you didnt have anything supporting the opening? I think the pringles can may be the best and cheapest idea.....thanks everyone!!! thumbs_up.gif




Nope, no support and it was a miracle the dang thing didn't collapse. icon_surprised.gif

I honestly think it was because it was extremely dense, not on purpose but like I said, didn't know what I was doing and it was the first time making a WonderMold cake. I still can't get the darn things to turn out.

OP, let us know how it turns out.

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autigger57 Posted 19 Sep 2011 , 3:14am
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I used the pringle can idea. It worked great. You can see the pics in my gallery! The little boy was sooo happy the tunnel was real... icon_biggrin.gif

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ReneeFLL Posted 19 Sep 2011 , 3:44am
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I did a Dinosaur Train cake with a tunnel in the middle. I used the wilton wedding cake plates & tiers and covered them in fondant/gumpaste mix. Just mushed the fondant in at first to make the walls and let them harden. Then I rolled rocks and put them on the outside and stacked another cake on the top plate. It worked really well.



That sounds like a great idea.

Also, someone mentioned a soda bottle. A large 2 liter soda bottle would be good for a large round tunnel.

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