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A cheaper alternative to styrofoam for cake dummies?

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Does anyone know of a cheaper alternative to styrofoam to use for cake dummies? Id say on average, buying the styrofoam from Michaels, a three tiered cake will cost me almost $30 bucks, yikes!!! Anyways, if anybody knows, PLEASE help me out!! Thanks!

Meghan
post #2 of 9
You're supposed to be able to make them using the spray foam insulation but mine didn't turn out so well. I think if you sprayed a layer and let it dry then sprayed another layer and let it dry it would work. I filled my form in and what was on the outside dried but the inside didn't and eventually it buckled. Just take the canned spray foam insulation and an old cake pan or something the size you want the form and fill it in.

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post #3 of 9
The styrofoam rounds at Garden Ridge Pottery are much, much cheaper than at Michael's. Hopefully you have one in your area.
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post #4 of 9
Also check your local lumber/hardware/home improvement store. They have large sheets of insulation-about 2 " thick. It is pink. It comes in sheets that you can then cut out what shapes you want. I have not done this, however I would imagine it would be much cheaper.

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I buy a 2 inch thick sheet of syrofoam from Michael's and cut them the sizes I need... I glue them together to make 4 inch thick... I cover them with the sealing type of saran wrap, put 2 layers of icing on them, let that dry for a bit then play with my fondant on it .. when I'm finished, I just reach under the bottom and peel the saran off and toss it all in the trash can ..

I believe at Michael's here, it was $7 for a sheet of the syrofoam .. I made an 8" square and an 8" round dummy ... I had enough left over for half of another size so it wasn't too expensive to do.
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post #6 of 9
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Thanks everybody! It aint cheap decoarting cakes!
post #7 of 9
I stumbled onto this link and thought you might be interested.

http://members.nuvox.net/~zt.proicer/cakepict/CAKEHINTS.htm
post #8 of 9
I have also heard of decorators using rice krispie treats. Just make them as usual but put them in your greased cake pans, stack, cover in fondant and decorate! You can keep them in rubbermaid containers or display cases. There may be a spray you can put on them to seal and keep pests away.
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post #9 of 9
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Those are both awesome ideas!! Rice crispies, who woluda known?? Thanks, Talmas for the link, I bookmarked it, sounds interesting!
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