aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 1:53am
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ill be pulling an allnighter-so anyone whos up and caking let me know!!
i am not too familiar with cake dummies.
i need to cover in fondant. what should i use to attatch the fondant with to the dummy.
royal icing, buttercream or piping gel. i usually use white chocolate gnache but thought it would be too heavy on the dummy.
also-how best to attatch an edible image onto fondant?
and finally (for now) how long does an edible image last?
just finding out NOW there is alot more pressure on me than i had originally thought and i am not as prepared as i would like to be.
i pressed for time and supplies. icon_eek.gif
had i know what a big deal this was...i would have been on here all weekend to be more prepared...ugh im way out of my league!!!

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Normita Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:12am
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You can either rub shortening, light water or some piping gel on the dummy. For the edible image, I don't know how long it lasts but I think if it's in a cool place, covered and away from the sun it may last a bit longer. But eventually the colors will fade I think. I have attached the edible image with a little water or piping gel in the corners.

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:14am
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im literally sitting here next to my kitchen aid waiting to find out if im making RI or BC? what a pathetic sight i am!
also i am a hobbyist and take every cake seriously. i just thought the pressure was off of me to bake and only to decorate. which it is.
but anyone in the business would love what was just handed to me. since i cant legally do cakes i will not profit the way a business would.
i am definately better at baking than decorating.
the only reason im using cake dummies is the event this is for is when i leave for vacation.
hinesight is 20/20. damn!!!

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:28am
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so you suggest not using RI or BC? that would be great! the cake is being picked up tomorrow. im just worried the image isnt going to last,
ive only used edible images on BC and the cake was eaten (not sure that is a word) within a day.
im tempted to make the logo out of RI.
to have for backup?

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:32am
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so you suggest not using RI or BC? that would be great! the cake is being picked up tomorrow. im just worried the image isnt going to last,
ive only used edible images on BC and the cake was eaten (not sure that is a word) within a day.
im tempted to make the logo out of RI.
to have for backup?



my first idea was to cut the image out of fondant and have my daughter paint it for me. she helps me with cakes from time to time she just did the strawberry shortcake girl in my photos.
maybe i could use that as a back up?

Normita Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:33am
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Piping gel works wonders! That's all I've used for my dummies. When are they displaying the cake? I don't think the EI will fade tremendously over a couple of days, but then again I don't know when they are displaying it

colababy Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:41am
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I cover a 2-tier cake dummy in 2011. I used shortening to put on the dummy, then I made images with the fondant to put on the cake dummy. I still have mines a year later, it's just starting to fade. I just need to airbrush it. Hopes this help out. Mines is in my kitchen above the cabinets.

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:42am
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it will be on display thurs-friday and maybe saturday?
but its being picked up tomorrow. so im looking at 4 days possibly.
and the image is horrible. because the logo is so small i could only enlarge it to approx 4x6" size.
so ive cut the cake size in half. which again doesnt matter since its not being made to serve.
i went to 5 different stores today that makes EI and each of them had a hard time to make it look presentable any larger than this size.
the EI was suppose to be the easiest part of the cake. yea right! never again assume anything when it comes to caking.
thank-you your help is greatly appreciated!
now i hope i have enough pipping gel. do you just spread a thin layer because it can get mushy??

Normita Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 2:45am
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Yes. Only a small layer. But remember you can also use shortening on the top and sides and piping at the base if your running low on piping gel. Also, you can use a light mist of water.

Good luck icon_smile.gif

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 3:01am

i have enough pipping gel. thankfully.
what type of image did you use colababy? was it EI on fondant?

BlakesCakes Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 3:52am

I massage some crisco onto the dummy & cover. Makes it easy to move, if necessary, and very easy to remove.

As for an EI, I've had them dry out & curl badly when applied directly to fondant. I prefer to roll a piece of the same color fondant very, very thin and apply the EI to the BACK of the rolled out piece. Works like a charm--and no curling.

HTH
Rae

aundrea Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 6:36am

thank you blakescakes. ive only applied EI to BC never fondant. never thought about curling.
im trying to wait until the last possible moment to apply the EI. and of course its raining here and has been very humid so my fondant is not too happy.

ApplegumPam Posted 5 Sep 2012 , 6:48am

You aren't eating the 'dummy' cakes - so its fine to use a few drops of detergent smeared over the dummy to get the fondant to 'stick' - works great and also makes it easy to remove

aundrea Posted 6 Sep 2012 , 1:59pm

just wanted to thank you blakescakes colababy normita again for all your help the other night.
my only regret is i didnt put the redstripes on the sides. the humidity was horrible yesterday. actually the weather man said the humidity was like being in cuba or miami.
and since the cake needed to be on display til saturday i didnt need them to look like candy canes!

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