I have a question regarding fondant and dummy cakes. I am making a 3 tier cake using ALL dummies that is all fondant frills from top to bottom. Since the area under the frills won't be seen is it necessary to cover each tier in fondant first? It would save some money to not have to cover the dummies in fondant first just to add a whole load of fondant frills on top. I am also assuming you won't see any surface area under the frills.
I am trying to figure out if the fondant frills will stick straight to the dummy and then to themselves as I go along. If so, what is the best solution to make them stick? Is water sufficient or shortening?
Thank you in advance!!
Naw......no reason to cover it if it won't be seen. I say water is the best sticking solution.
Thanks Kakeladi! Do you think it's safe to assume that the weight of the fondant frill won't make it fall off the styrofoam just using water?
Any other opinions??
You probably need to make those frills as thin as possible and use as little water as possible. In fact, I think I would brush the water on the styro not the gp - unless you are overlapping the fills even a bit.
AI would suggest the opposite actually. Water on the frills, let them get tacky, and then stick. Only a dab of water else they'll just slide off. I've only done them on fondant covered base though, so maybe you could do a trial run with the dummy left plain. But for a 6" round you would only be using about 12oz fondant to cover so it's not that expensive. Covering the dummy first would get the top covered, unless you are doing something frilly up there as well? You could also just cut a circle of fondant and put that on top I guess (if so, I would suggest you do that first, then add the ruffles).
I agree with Dayti - I recently covered a 3 tier dummy with 2 of the tiers having frills on them too. Covering them in fondant gets the top covered (as Dayti mentioned) plus water on polystyrene does not stick too well.
I don't know what you need yours for but I only wanted them for photos work was slow and I wanted to try some new ideas so when I covered them I cut the fondant off of the back of the dummies as it would not be seen.