mbranko24 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 4:15pm
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AI found the thread from a few years back where Flourpots posted a link to her football helmet cake tutorial but when I opened the link it was not there.

Does anyone have the tutorial or know where I can find it?

Thank you!

Erin

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ddaigle Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 4:27pm
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I've done 3.     If her tutorial doesn't resurface, I'll try to write one up.  With mine, I do not make the face mask...too much stress with breakage.   I buy mine from Academy Sports and cover them in fondant.

 

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mbranko24 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 4:47pm
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AWow!!! They look awesome!!! Do these face guards come in different sizes? How did you know it would fit the helmet? This is my main concern. I plan on using 8 inch rounds and stacking and sculpting from there- is that the size you used?

Thank you fit helping me out.

ddaigle Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 4:50pm
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I use a 3 - 10"s and a 6".   I also save my cake tops for the back to make it rounder.   The face mask I buy only comes in one size.  They're cheap too..but super heavy.  Not sure if there are other sizes.   After I do the basic carving...I hold that mask to the front of the cake a hundred times to make sure everything is right...then you have to carve more to allow for the buttercream and fondant thickness.   That's why I don't want to fool with a gumpaste facemask.

mbranko24 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 5:08pm
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AI feel the same way- I font want to fiddle with a GP mask. However I was on the academy sports website and they had a bunch of football guards - do you recall which one you purchased? They had a few adult ones as well as some youth ones.

Thanks!

ddaigle Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 5:37pm
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Mine was the "All-Star Football Cage"....Item 0013581079 for $14.99.   It took longer to cover it in fondant than to carve then entire cake!  

ddon722 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 6:11pm
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AThank you ddaigle for providing the Item # 0013581079. I looked on Academy Sports site and couldn't find it without that. I only found ones for about $30 and I don't want to pay that much! BTW your helmet cakes are fantastic!

mbranko24 Posted 4 Sep 2013 , 6:28pm
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AThank you so much for helping me and posting which one. That is a tremendous help. I was hoping it was that one as the others are closer to $30.

mbranko24 Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 8:18pm
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I use a 3 - 10"s and a 6".   I also save my cake tops for the back to make it rounder.   The face mask I buy only comes in one size.  They're cheap too..but super heavy.  Not sure if there are other sizes.   After I do the basic carving...I hold that mask to the front of the cake a hundred times to make sure everything is right...then you have to carve more to allow for the buttercream and fondant thickness.   That's why I don't want to fool with a gumpaste facemask.

I just want to make sure- do you use three 10 inch cakes with the 6 inch in top and then carve to get the round shape in top?

ddaigle Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 9:00pm

Yes...and I use some of the cake tops for the back to get the roundness.   I took tons of pictures from all different angles and just carve, carve, carve.  One time I had a mini helmet which I really liked having.

mbranko24 Posted 6 Sep 2013 , 11:54pm

AAwesome! Thanks again!!

icer101 Posted 7 Sep 2013 , 1:23am

HI, hope this helps

 

 

 

http://cakesdecor.com/Maureen/blog/484

mbranko24 Posted 7 Sep 2013 , 1:30am

AIcer- thanks ! I saw this tutorial and asked Maureen s question about the support. From what I can see there is no cake board underneath the top tier that sticks out over the face area. I have no idea how it stays out there.

icer101 Posted 7 Sep 2013 , 4:10am

Hey, i am looking at the pic again, Yes, i do see a cake board underneath top layer. Look at 3rd pic down, i think side view and you will see it. It has to be . lol!!!

mbranko24 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 11:23am

Debbie-I hate to bother you again about the cake, but I'm about to start working on details and have a few questions:

 

1. i see that you carved the bottom of the 10 inch rounds- looks to be about an 8 inch round now. What size cake base did you use? I am looking to get a 16 inch round (foamcoare) as i am putting a happy birthday plaque on the "field"

 

2. Roughly how much fondant do you think you used for the actual helmet? (not the stripes/team emblem/inside face area)? I am doing a Chicago Bears cake and have gotten one 2 lb. tub of navy Fondant from Chocopan- wondering if I would need to order another (I'm using the same cake dimenstions as you).

 

Thanks you do much for your help. I went to order the facemask and it was sold out! I found another that is similar in size- keep your fingers crossed :)

ddaigle Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 11:38am

mbranko....I did carve in around the base.   Not sure it it was as small as a 8" though.  ...though a smaller base cake would've made for less carving.  I can only recommend you print up a bunch of different angles...front shot...back shot, side and just start taking off a little at a time.    Keep your cake tops as you may need them for the back.  It actually comes together quicker than you think. 

 

I'm not sure how much fondant....the front piece behind the face mask was black fondant so that part was cut out from the main color.   Just remember to cover it COLD.  It's so much easier to work with.   Use cake boards...especially under the top of the cake because of the overhang.  

 

I don't think I answered any of your questions.   I can hardly wait to see yours and hear of your progress.    Keep us posted with pictures along the way. 

mbranko24 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 11:41am

Thanks Debbie! This is a favor for a friend -a gift- and we just finalized that we are doing the cake and it's due next weekend.Trying to get everything together. I'll post pics when I'm done. :)

ddaigle Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 11:48am

I like Maureen's cake.   Wonder what she used for the top layer...I would think the half ball pan would bee too small.    I wouldn't mind using a different combination of cake sizes to create a more natural shape...and lessen the carving. 

Cricket1960 Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 12:02pm

I am so happy I found this thread. I never thought about buying a face guard. I had a good fight with a face guard this weekend, I won In the end but it was touch and go there for a minute...lol.

ddaigle Posted 1 Oct 2013 , 12:26pm

Some folks like to use 100% edible products....it just wasn't worth the stress, to me.    I have that mask up to the cake a ton of times to make sure everything is carved just right.   I didn't want to deal with a fragile object.

ddon722 Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 1:26pm

AI couldn't find the exact face mask you mentioned either, but I got a similar one on Amazon for $13.59. Schutt Sports Youth EGOP-YF Super Pro Carbon Steel Football Faceguard . I used 3-10" layers and baked the top one in the bowl of my Kitchen Aide! It worked perfectly and was just the right size. I did have to bake it longer--don't know how much--just kept checking.

ddaigle Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 2:00pm

That's great!   Make sure you post a pic!

mbranko24 Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 2:28pm

Oh dear. i wish I could. I had to re-bake all teh cakes becuse i did not have anough and then they all split on me. unfortunately I was unable to do the cake. :(

ddaigle Posted 17 Oct 2013 , 2:34pm

Aww sorry about that!

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