Decorating Dummy Cakes Make Me Want To Cry- Help!

Business By lissyUK Updated 22 Feb 2012 , 10:09pm by lissyUK

lissyUK Posted 21 Feb 2012 , 11:07pm
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I hate decorating polystyrene dummies! I've made three for a wedding fair that turned out ok - eventually (last 3 cakes in my pics) but want to do a topsy cake for this weekend's fair. I got a lot of enquiries at the last one so figured it'd be good to have one on the stand.

However, the dummy is so light i can't get the fondant smooth because it keeps scooting around. I end up over working the fondant, tearing it on the edges and having to start again! Gave up tonight because I can't decorate when I'm frustrated!

I have a load of mini dummies to make too and am dreading them!

Any tips? Thank you x

15 replies
Cakery2012 Posted 21 Feb 2012 , 11:20pm
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what if you cut a section out of the bottom and inserted a heavier object ? Some small and compact to weight it down . Or glue the object to a cakeboard and insert the dummy with a cutout over it?

momma28 Posted 21 Feb 2012 , 11:34pm
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i cut a small square of non slip shelf liner to put under the dummie when I am covering them. I know they are hard icon_sad.gif I dont love making them either

sing Posted 21 Feb 2012 , 11:49pm
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I looked at your cakes and they are beautiful!

When you start feeling the frustration setting in, take a breather and when you start feeling better then go back and continue working on the dummy cakes. Your cakes are amazing and they look so smooth and flawless so clearly you have what it takes to cover dummy cakes!

Curtsmin24 Posted 21 Feb 2012 , 11:58pm
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I have an easier time with the mini cakes. I've coated them with crisco and then added the fondant. I can't stand covering the bigger styrofoam with fondant so sometimes I just make royal icing and smooth it out with a little water and then add piping or fondant. I guess it depends on how frustrated I am. Good luck though. Btw, your cakes are very pretty!

CWR41 Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 12:00am
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Curtsmin24 Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 1:24am
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Nice!! Haven't seen that at all. I think i'm going to order one.

costumeczar Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 2:17am
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I just take a cardboard drum and bang some nails through it so that I can spear the dummies on it while I'm working on them. icon_smile.gif

Elcee Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 2:22am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I just take a cardboard drum and bang some nailts through it so that I can spear the dummies on it while I'm working on them. icon_smile.gif

thumbs_up.gif Nice!

Curtsmin24 Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 2:42am
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just take a cardboard drum and bang some nails through it so that I can spear the dummies on it while I'm working on them.

Even better and cheaper! thumbs_up.gif

Dayti Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 12:59pm
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Me too, mine happens to be a 9" drum but you can decorate any size on it - smaller or larger. Then just prise it off with a spatula when you're done. I actually think that a piece of wood would be better just because it weighs more than a drum.

dsilvest Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 1:55pm
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I am confused. I cover dummies all of the time and have no difficulty. Are you all talking about covering the dummy or decorating it once it is covered? Maybe I can help with some of your issues.

lissyUK Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 7:59pm
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Thanks all!

Its getting the fondant smooth - the dummies just skid around.

Will try some of the above ideas for tonight's attempt!

M x

FullHouse Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 9:48pm
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I use a piece of strong packing tape rolled inside out on the top of my turntable, then press the dummy down on that. Keeps it still.

costumeczar Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 10:01pm
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I do the same thing. I wrote a little blog entry about this for next week and I used a bunch of duct tape in the process icon_biggrin.gif

lissyUK Posted 22 Feb 2012 , 10:09pm
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I love you all very very very much. Thanks to your suggestions, I managed to fondant 4 tiers of topsy turvey dumminess without shedding a single tear!

Thank you! Will post a pic when I've prettified it!

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