I Was Given Dirty Cake Dummies

Decorating By funtodecorate2 Updated 3 Jul 2012 , 1:59pm by funtodecorate2

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 8:32pm
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I was given dirty cake dummies from my friends wedding. They sat around in a carport for a yr. They have yellowed because of the I believe shortening on them. Plus a little dirt specks and pine needles. Not super bad but they are sticky. I tried hot soapy water and it didnt cut it.
Part of the dummie white foam was starting to come off as I scrubbled. Should I chuck them. There are 4 of them. I only wanted to use them for practice but can't in the current state they are in.
Trash? or no trash? The yellow was coming off.
Thanks for help

23 replies
mom2twogrlz Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:01pm
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I don't see why you should trash them. It's not like anyone will be eating it, or anything that you use on it. Why waste free materials??? As long as they are clean enough for you to practice I say go ahead. Just trash any materials that have touched it after you are done practicing.

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:04pm
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Do you know what kind of product I can use to take off the sticky mess. I've cleaned one and it is white but still sticky and I know all the yuck isn't off because I have it on my hands after touching.

mom2twogrlz Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:07pm
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Maybe try a degreaser, like Simple Green or some vinegar might do the trick.

shanter Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:08pm
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You could try something like Goo-Gone.

kakeladi Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:08pm
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I've been there, done that - I don't remember anything that will help you. Some people have suggested leaving them out in the sun where bees can 'eat' off the icing; others have told of anchoring them down in a swimming pool for a day or two! Not sure if those ideas will work, I didn't try them.
As others said, why trash them if they are only for practice work? Just scrape off what you can & start over each time.

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:24pm
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I don't want to throw them away . Here is a pic. I cleaned off the top one but it is still sticky. All the icing is off of all of them. I think it's just shortening and dirty yuck. You can see the yellow came off of the top one. I just need to get the sticky off so I can handle them
thanks icon_smile.gif

Norasmom Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:51pm
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Try some Purell...it's great at removing stickiness.

Norasmom Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 9:52pm
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Try some Purell...it's great at removing stickiness.

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:03pm
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what is purell?

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:07pm
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what is purell?

BakingIrene Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:09pm
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Why don't you just spray paint them? Scrubbing or dissolving aged grease is thankless work...just paint over and have a fresh surface for practise.

Elcee Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:31pm
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Try running them through the dishwasher. I did that with mine after having used shortening on them. They turned yellow where the shortening was but they weren't sticky. I no longer use shortening on dummies, I just spritz them with water to adhere the fondant.

As an aside, I just dismantled a 3-tier dummy cake today and realized they show a bit of all the cakes I've made with them. icon_smile.gif. And I like that. Dummies don't have to be pristine as long as you're using them just for your own purposes.

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:43pm
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ok thanks for suggestions everyone icon_smile.gif

Norasmom Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 10:51pm
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Purelle is hand sanitizer. Sorry about that!

DeniseNH Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 11:19pm
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Since they're already sticky, why not wrap them in plastic wrap. A lot of decorators do that anyway for ease of cleaning when they're done with them. The plastic wrap would form a barrier between the sticky and your hands.

funtodecorate2 Posted 25 Jun 2012 , 11:41pm
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Good idea. I think I will do that . icon_biggrin.gif

cheatize Posted 26 Jun 2012 , 6:04am
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If they had pine needles on them the stickiness may be sap. The only thing I know about getting sap off is that when you collect pinecones to use for crafts, you soak them in bleach water overnight to get rid of the sap.

I don't know what bleach will do to styrofoam, though.

CraftyCassie Posted 28 Jun 2012 , 12:53am
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Try using Mr. Clean Magic Eraser sponge.

KoryAK Posted 28 Jun 2012 , 2:11am
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I'm seconding the suggestion for dishwasher

erin2345 Posted 29 Jun 2012 , 5:45pm
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Those look really gross - I would pitch them. I know it is not like they are going to be eaten , but I would be paranoid of getting any of the flecks of stuff stuck in my fondant on the outside of the cake. If it is for your friend tell her she can buy you new ones!

icer101 Posted 29 Jun 2012 , 6:38pm
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I,m sorry, but i would have to throw them away. They DO look gross.

kakeladi Posted 29 Jun 2012 , 9:51pm
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.........why not wrap them in plastic wrap.......

I tried that many times. I could never get the pastic tight on the styro and wi would pucker when I iced them icon_sad.gif

funtodecorate2 Posted 3 Jul 2012 , 1:59pm
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Well here's what I came up with.....

I tried the Mr. clean magic eraser and it ripped up the mr clean .

I wrapped them in saran wrap and yes they puckered .

They stink horribly so .... I'm tossing them. I can stand the smell even to practice on.


Thanks anyway guys icon_smile.gif

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