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How to put fondant on a dummy cake?

post #1 of 13
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Can anyone give me tips on putting fondant on a styrofoam dummy cake? What do you use to make the fondant stick?

I watched a tutorial on youtube that showed glueing the bottom tier to the base and putting the fondant on but she didn't mention using anything so the fondant sticks.

Also, would you recommend decorating each tier and then glueing the tiers together or keeping the tiers separate and putting them together onsite?

Any other tips would be great too!

Thanks!!
post #2 of 13
I used a light mist of water & that worked great. Since they're so light, you can totally glue them together before transport. That way you can make sure they're perfectly centered.
post #3 of 13
I actually use a watered down royal on mine. I dont like using water because it seems no matter how much I blot, at some point there is water on the bottom of it! But thats just me!
Wilton fondant is great for covering them because it doesnt tear easy. Also, remember on the edges of the dummies the edges are sharp so you want to file it down a bit. I take a regular nail file (that I use exclusively for this) and go around the edges with it.
I go ahead and stack just like I would a regular cake. You can put a small amount of royal in the center before you put the next one and that way they will stay put. And whats great about them you dont have to worry so much about driving like you would a regular tiered cake. Not saying you can go off road or anything but they travel much better than real cakes!!
post #4 of 13
use vegetable shortening....just rub a thin layer over your dummy...it works GREAT!

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post #5 of 13
oh, another thing, i just pegged my cakes with sharp dowels and skewers. The dummies are so light there was no need to glue them together, and an added bonus is that the tiers stay super level this way, no need to worry about getting an even layer of royal!

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post #6 of 13
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Thanks for all of the tips! I signed up for my first bridal show coming up in just 3 weeks so I've got to get these done but I've never covered dummy cakes before icon_surprised.gif
post #7 of 13
http://www.amazon.com/Ateco-Cast-Pronged-Pivot-Turntable/dp/B002A2RVT4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1286674424&sr=8-2

This is AMAZING for putting fondant on cake dummies!!!!!!

You have to already own the base...only the pronged part is what you are buying.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by rozebudscakes

use vegetable shortening....just rub a thin layer over your dummy...it works GREAT!

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Did you keep the cake for a while? When I did this, I worked on my cake for several days in advance, then it was on display at the site for 10 days and when I brought it home I kept it for another week and 1/2 (or so) and when I went to dismantle the cake it had molded under the fondant and I had to throw my dummy away. Lucky it was a square that my DH had made for me out of a sheet of styro insulation and thus easy and cheap to replace.
post #9 of 13
I use shortening and I've left my cakes for months and no mold....
post #10 of 13
I use shortning here too, never had any mold growth under mine either.
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post #11 of 13
I used piping gel, and you don't use that much. And no mold growth there either.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Bskinne

I used piping gel, and you don't use that much. And no mold growth there either.



I use piping gel on my cakes...I'm going to use it instead of shortening next time I do a dummy. Weird that none of you get mold. I live in a low humidity climate, too.
post #13 of 13
I used piping gel, when I put fondant on styrofoam.
It was just the lid for my hatbox but it works fine for me\\

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