Hi everybody!!! I've been around for a while - but never joined in on the forums...needing some help please.
I have been asked to do an enormous (oversize) cake for a window display for my company's 150th anniversary.
The person requesting the 'prop' wants the cake to be 3 tiered stacked...
and very large - 20"-28"-36", probably 6-8" deep layers..(might need to be taller now that I'm thinking abt it) ..we are needing this to be relatively inexpensive. I told her I would make it for the cost of the materials. She suggested plaster on styrofoam (she practiced and says it works).
Any other ideas? Perma Ice or the like is very expensive. Would appreciate any ideas~
I just love this place !!
I would go styro with royal. I just cannot bring myself to use plaster.
Wow those are big sizes you will have to order 2 of each size to get it 6" high for each tier and I believe you will need to special order those sizes I had to for a 20" and they are not cheap. Think I paid something like $17 for the 20". I would check out the prices for the large sizes.
Definitely royal on styro. I take an electric sander and go over my royal to make it super smooth. Good luck.
This might help with your search http://www.sugarcraft.com/catalog/wedding/Wfakecakes.htm
Someone once told me to add salt to my royal for window display's to help preserve it.
There's another option for the dummies - texas foam or something like that, it's been posted on here.
If you can't find the exact sizes you need (or they're too expensive b/c of having to custom order), you can combine smaller dummies to get the size. For instance, I needed an 18" square for a wedding last year. It was cheaper (especially after shipping costs) to order a 12" square and 3 6" squares to arrange into an 18" square. Then I just taped them together, wrapped in saran, and iced them. This also gives you more variety of dummies for future use. I would also use royal icing for a display case, especially if you plan on getting your dummies back to use again...the plaster would render them useless.