My issue with dummy cakes:
Even with doctoring, cakes cost less to make than buttercream. Yet, it's the buttercream we're wasting (scraping off and throwing away). I feel like if I'm going to be throwing the BC away, I'd rather give it away on a cake.
I feel the same way, Cali4Dawn. If I'm going to go through that effort and expense I would really like to have a real cake I can give away. My only issue was trying to find people to give them to!
I asked my mother who used to live here (at this house) and knows the neighbors, and she had a few leads for me of who she think would appreciate cake and which one she knows can't eat sugar, so that is helpful! Also just walked the dog and met a man on the street who just moved here with his 10 yr old daughter. He said his daughter likes cake!
I have five neighbor familes on my list so far that I think would appreciate it and I'm guessing at least five more would as well. Now I just have to buy some smaller sized pans for sampler cakes.