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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
I will be making my first dummy cake next week.

Is it covered like the "real" one, with buttercream first and then the fondant?

Any tips or ideas are GREATLY appreciated.
post #2 of 34
No need to mess with buttercream.

There are several methods to use for covering:

Sand or roll down the upper edges a bit so that they don't cut thru the fondant, spray/wipe lightly with water or liberally coat with crisco, and put on the fondant. Smooth the top and then ease in the sides. Cut the fondant off level with the bottom of the dummy using the edge of an offset spatula.

HTH
Rae
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post #3 of 34
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Rae, for your detailed instructions... they are certainly going to make it so much easier for me!
post #4 of 34
i too sand down the top edges and either spritz with a water bottle or use piping gel to get it to stick. You will do fine! be sure and post a pic when you are done icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 34
Ok, let me tell you what happened to me today on this topic! icon_lol.gif

My first full fondant'd-styrofoam cake (for an upcoming bridal show). I pulled all the advice I've stored up about fondant and rather than screw around with icing styro's, I went with the "mist the styro" plan.

Ok, what you guys didn't tell me was that "misting" the styro means to "MIST" the styro ... and the big commerical sprayer on my sink is NOT the same as "misting" the styro!! icon_redface.gif

oh. my. gosh. I tried putting this fondant on the styro and it got excessively wet and turned to goo! It was sticking to everything except my styro!

Oh....did I tell you it was black fondant? You should have seen my hands! icon_lol.gif

It if wasn't so funny it would have been horrible! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I felt like the person in the sit-com who put too much soap in the washer and too much rice on the stove! It was hysterical! icon_lol.gif

For the other tiers, I wet the styro, then used a paper towel to get the excess water off, THEN applied the fondant and it worked MUCH better!

So tucan, when these guys tell you to "mist" it, they really do mean to just "mist" it! icon_lol.gif
post #6 of 34
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Originally Posted by indydebi

Ok, let me tell you what happened to me today on this topic! icon_lol.gif

My first full fondant'd-styrofoam cake (for an upcoming bridal show). I pulled all the advice I've stored up about fondant and rather than screw around with icing styro's, I went with the "mist the styro" plan.

Ok, what you guys didn't tell me was that "misting" the styro means to "MIST" the styro ... and the big commerical sprayer on my sink is NOT the same as "misting" the styro!! icon_redface.gif

oh. my. gosh. I tried putting this fondant on the styro and it got excessively wet and turned to goo! It was sticking to everything except my styro!

Oh....did I tell you it was black fondant? You should have seen my hands! icon_lol.gif

It if wasn't so funny it would have been horrible! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I felt like the person in the sit-com who put too much soap in the washer and too much rice on the stove! It was hysterical! icon_lol.gif

For the other tiers, I wet the styro, then used a paper towel to get the excess water off, THEN applied the fondant and it worked MUCH better!

So tucan, when these guys tell you to "mist" it, they really do mean to just "mist" it! icon_lol.gif



OMG!!! Almost spit my tea all over my keyboard...LOL!!!!!!! icon_lol.gif
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post #7 of 34
Gee Indydebi sounds like you had a "I Love Lucy episode"!!! icon_lol.gif
post #8 of 34
And the funny thing is the water is THERE for a while. After I wash off my dummy off I will go back the next day and find water under them again.
I really like to use a thinned royal icing on mine. I think it works a whole lot better because water literally beads off and gathers on the bottom. If you use royal icing, it makes the fondant stick a whole lot better. When you go to reuse them, you will have to let them soak in hot water to get them clean, but I think its worth it. I dont reuse dummys too often so for the little extra it takes to clean them, its fine for me. Especially if its something I want to keep for a while.
Its funny because my dummy order came in today and my dining table looks like a styrofoam castle or something!! icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 34
I still haven't been able to cover a styro dummy yet, I sanded down the edges to get them smooth and my fondant still rips around the edge before I can even get the sides on . I've tried using different types of fondant (homemade and purchased) with the same result. I have no clue what I'm doing wrong...help!!
post #10 of 34
Country Kitchen has rounded edged dummies made for fondant covering: http://www.countrykitchensa.com/catalog/product.aspx?T=1&ShopId=38&CatId=598&SubCatId=75&productId=630389
post #11 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigcatz

I still haven't been able to cover a styro dummy yet, I sanded down the edges to get them smooth and my fondant still rips around the edge before I can even get the sides on . I've tried using different types of fondant (homemade and purchased) with the same result. I have no clue what I'm doing wrong...help!!



1.The sanded/rolled/smoothed upper edge should be gently rounded, not crisp at all.

2. You may be rolling the fondant too thin.

3. Try covering the dummy with an undercoat of white, smooth that really well, and then putting on a second, thinner coating of the final color.

4. I still mist some dummies, but my preferred method these days is to just rub it down with an allover coat of crisco and then apply the fondant.

HTH
Rae
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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.--Terry Pratchett (b.194
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post #12 of 34
Oh......! Crisco.......! Rae, where were you this afternoon!!! icon_eek.gif
post #13 of 34
I'm about to work on a dummy cake this week. I'm considering buying Satin Ice. Do any of you think it's worth the money? There is nothing I loathe more than making MMF.

Also - what is a good, cheap fondant to use for dummies? Maybe I should go with something cheaper since it won't be eaten..?

TiA
post #14 of 34
I generally use Wilton to cover dummies. Can't beat the workability and with 40% off coupons from Michaels & JoAnn, it comes out to about $2/lb.

I only use SI on dummies if I need intense colors and I have the pre-colored SI on hand. I also use up all of my old leftover SI that way.

Rae
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They say that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it is not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.--Terry Pratchett (b.194
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post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
Ditto, rockysmom!

What a wealth of information this has been. Thanks again to everyone.
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