cakesrock Posted 14 Feb 2012 , 6:31pm
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Hi; I want to enter a contest and only styrofoam dummies are allowed. I have never used them- any tips? I want to do a fairly tall structure. How do you carve them? Electric knife?
TIA

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KimAZ Posted 14 Feb 2012 , 8:42pm
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I've used styrofoam dummies many times for show cakes. First, I either file down or press down the top and bottom edges so they're not so sharp. If there are any big holes or chunks out of the styrofoam, I filled them with royal icing. For buttercream cakes, I just frosted the cake just as if it were real cake. For fondant covered cakes, I spread a thin layer of shortening on the stryfoam, then covered it with fondant with no problems.

If you need to carve, use a serrated knife or better still, use a hot wire cutter made for cutting styrofoam. They can be purchased at craft stores. Hope that helps.

KimAZ

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cakesrock Posted 15 Feb 2012 , 2:21am
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Originally Posted by KimAZ

I've used styrofoam dummies many times for show cakes. First, I either file down or press down the top and bottom edges so they're not so sharp. If there are any big holes or chunks out of the styrofoam, I filled them with royal icing. For buttercream cakes, I just frosted the cake just as if it were real cake. For fondant covered cakes, I spread a thin layer of shortening on the stryfoam, then covered it with fondant with no problems.

If you need to carve, use a serrated knife or better still, use a hot wire cutter made for cutting styrofoam. They can be purchased at craft stores. Hope that helps.

KimAZ

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Thanks for the great advice!

DeniseNH Posted 15 Feb 2012 , 3:11am
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There are all sorts of companies offering shaped dummies, which are so much more easy to handle than one you shape yourself. If you do purchase a hot wire, please make sure you get one with a 4" tall clearance. I purchased one but it only could handle a 3" tall cake dummy.

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