Hardening Buttercream Dummy Cakes

Decorating By Arielv0930 Updated 6 Mar 2020 , 2:22pm by ReginaCoeliB

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Arielv0930 Posted 20 Feb 2020 , 12:26am
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Hi all! 

So I’m a decorator in a big chain grocery store. I make all of our display cake and I usually do them in buttercream since the royal icing never wants to play nice. I’ve had an ongoing issue that after I’ve let the buttercream harden and placed them on display, customers will press their fingers into the cake (leaving an indent) or they will pick at the icing with their nails. Is there anything I can spray onto the cakes to garden them and prevent this from happening? I have a sign that says “do not touch” but people don’t care. I don’t want them to keep getting ruined less than a week after I put them up. Thank you in advance! 

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SandraSmiley Posted 20 Feb 2020 , 12:32am
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I don't know of any way you can get it to harden quickly to the point that rude customers could not damage it.  I have heard of people decorating display cakes with dry wall mud / spackling.  By golly, it would dry hard and how funny would it be to see some jerk try to eat it, lol!

I suggest setting the cake out of reach.

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kakeladi Posted 20 Feb 2020 , 7:49pm
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I have used spackling in the past and 2 things I remember about it.  Yes, it dried very hard to prevent what you are experiencing but it has an off smell and a slightly grayish color.  It is thick and hard to pipe with.  I used to thin it some w/water. 

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kakeladi Posted 20 Feb 2020 , 7:57pm
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https://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/1330216/hearts-aflutter   If I remember right this is one I did w/spackling.

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kakeladi Posted 21 Feb 2020 , 6:47pm
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jchuck Posted 21 Feb 2020 , 10:18pm
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I’d probably do a 50/50 buttercream and royal icing. Easier to cover, smooth and pipe. And the royal icing will help keep your icing rock hard. Therefore preventing those nasty finger marks.

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MBalaska Posted 22 Feb 2020 , 2:57am
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This made me laugh.  There was a display wedding cake at the bakery in our Alaska town that was there for almost the whole 40 years that I lived there.

I'm guessing that it was made with spackle.  It was yellowed and dusty. 

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jchuck Posted 22 Feb 2020 , 1:05pm
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MBalaska

Ooo, yuk 40 years. That’s pretty gross!!  My first job I worked above a well known bakery. My boss and I would pop in at lunchtime to get baps or cookies.  I remember well the wedding cakes in the window and on display on high shelves behind the counter. Don’t know if the cakes were ever changed up. 

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Laetia Posted 22 Feb 2020 , 1:23pm
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kakeladi Posted 22 Feb 2020 , 9:04pm
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I took lessons at a shop that *never!* changed or cleaned their displays :(  Yes, I know so well that yellow, dusty look.

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Laetia Posted 25 Feb 2020 , 10:30pm
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kakeladi Posted 26 Feb 2020 , 2:41pm
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SandraSmiley Posted 27 Feb 2020 , 1:56am
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kakeladi Posted 27 Feb 2020 , 3:38pm
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SandraSmiley Posted 5 Mar 2020 , 10:31pm
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ReginaCoeliB Posted 6 Mar 2020 , 2:22pm
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