First Cake Dummy

Decorating By storestore Updated 3 Nov 2014 , 12:43am by kakeladi

storestore Posted 30 Oct 2014 , 9:35pm
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I have a question about cake dummies because I've never made one before. I didn't realize there was such a thing as ready-to-go foam dummies so I made my own dummies out of 5mm foam board (yes, a lot of measuring and cutting and taping and yes I still used support system in it). My question is, does it really matter if I use non-edible products to decorate my cake in order to save money? For example, I am covering the bottom tier in purple petal ruffles and I was hoping to use purple colored paper to cover the dummy and then adhere the petals to the paper with glue (save on the cost of fondant). What about acrylic paints, non-edible sparkles, pearls, play-dough, etc. Or is that just cheating?

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FioreCakes Posted 30 Oct 2014 , 10:21pm
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AWhat's the purpose of the dummy? Display? Practice? Etc?

storestore Posted 30 Oct 2014 , 10:50pm
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FioreCakes Posted 31 Oct 2014 , 1:18am
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AThe only problem I could see with that is if customers realize it's paper they may not be as confident in your abilities/ not as impressed.

kakeladi Posted 1 Nov 2014 , 8:36pm
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I would not use paper on a display cake.  One of the reasons is that the *real finished product* will look totally different!  There are several non edible choices to use as icing.  When I had my bakeries, having used one of them several customers commented on the fact that it didn't smell like icing! 

storestore Posted 2 Nov 2014 , 1:04am
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Kakeladi, where was I when you posted on this thread! Bah! Let's just say next time I will buy proper cake dummies. The cake turned out great but I am afraid to touch it... I covered my round cardboard cakes with paper to conceal the ridges created by curved cardboard. I iced the bottom tier with buttercream and then added the ruffles and when I accidentally brushed the bottom of the cake a few of the ruffles popped off. I tried to glue them back on with a glue gun, regular glue, super glue with no success. So, with the middle tier I actually wrapped it in duct tape (stick-side-out) and THEN stuck the ruffles on and they seem to be pretty solid. Haha! Anyways, I am pretty proud of this project, I just hope it stays together. I named it "Winter Wonderland" with "ruffles".


kakeladi Posted 3 Nov 2014 , 12:43am
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You finished creation turned out wonderful :)  Yes, we do improvise when we can/have to.  Glad it worked for you.

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