Can I use flower foam (I think that's what it's called..stuff at walmart you get in the flower section to put flowers in) as a cake dummy?? It will be done in fondant. I am making a tea pot cake for someone, but it only needs to feed 10-15 people and they want the tea pot to sit on top of square cake, plus they want a few tea cups. If I did everything in cake, it would be way too much cake. The cake is for next week, so I thought about using a dummy cake for the tea pot. But I won't have time to try and find someone who has one and then order it and have time to decorate it (no one around here has one).
You think this will work?? I would do it all fondant and sit the tea pot on top of a fondant saucer, so the foam wouldn't be touching the edible part of the cake.
Any other ideas??
That's a good idea, hadn't thought about floral foam. The only thing I'm thinking is to cover it in saran wrap first then fondant. I've used a couple of different foams before for flowers and there is one type that has a tendency to shed (can't think of another word) but green pieces of the foam rubs off quite easily. This is why I was suggesting to cover in saran wrap first. Hope this helps.
In my experience with dummy layers you're going to need a heavier foam. Usually craft stores and a thick white foam you can use. This way it can support tiers on top of it.
This will be a round foam to make the tea pot. It will sit on top of the cake...nothing on top of it....just the fondant deco.
I would cover it with plastic wrap, or just frost it. Frosting it will solve two problems... floral foam has large pores?? in it that will show through to the fondant and won't make a smooth finish. If you frost it the holes will be covered and the fondant will look smoother, and the fondant will stick to the frosting and stay put.
I've covered small pieces of floral foam with fondant but the foam "sheds" alot. I used packing tape to cover it so the pieces wouldn't get in the fondant. The tape didn't really stick to the foam but it did to itself so I was able to wrap it nicely. Plastic wrap would probably work better.