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Cleaning Styrofoam Cake Dummies???

post #1 of 22
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Is it possible?

I have ordered several sizes of Styrofoam cake dummies. I am going to be making some fake cakes for practice and to build my collection up.

Can I reuse the dummies after they have been iced in BC? Is there a certain way I should clean them off after being covered in BC? Or, is it a lost caused and just chuck them out when done? =)

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post #2 of 22
I pull the paste off and then wipe over with a bit of water.
post #3 of 22
Dawn dish soap.
post #4 of 22
Also there is a product called PermaIce. You apply it to the dummies and allow to dry. You can then clean them off and use them over and over again. The bakeries use this for their display cakes.

If you use bc that will be your loss and depending on how many times over you decorate the dummies can get quite expensive. If you are completely covering the dummy with fondant you don't need the bc, just put a thin layer of veg. shortening on the dummy, apply the fondant and decorate.

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post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by auntginn

Also there is a product called PermaIce. You apply it to the dummies and allow to dry. You can then clean them off and use them over and over again. The bakeries use this for their display cakes.

If you use bc that will be your loss and depending on how many times over you decorate the dummies can get quite expensive. If you are completely covering the dummy with fondant you don't need the bc, just put a thin layer of veg. shortening on the dummy, apply the fondant and decorate.

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The bakery I worked for used Perma Ice for a couple of displays...and that stuff dried like cement! Plus it smelled like chemicals when they applied it. Might as well have used spackling from the hardware store. It might have been cheaper!

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post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Mikel79

I am going to be making some fake cakes for practice and to build my collection up.

Can I reuse the dummies after they have been iced in BC?



You can also reuse your BC on the dummies. You can decorate the front and back differently, snap photos of each design side for your portfolio, scrape it all off, and start again with the same BC (if it doesn't have colors blended in).
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by CWR41

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Originally Posted by Mikel79

I am going to be making some fake cakes for practice and to build my collection up.

Can I reuse the dummies after they have been iced in BC?



You can also reuse your BC on the dummies. You can decorate the front and back differently, snap photos of each design side for your portfolio, scrape it all off, and start again with the same BC (if it doesn't have colors blended in).




When you say I can reuse the BC icing....Are you saying just to reuse on cake dummies, or it's okay to reuse on REAL cakes to be consumed???

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post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by CWR41

You can also reuse your BC on the dummies. You can decorate the front and back differently, snap photos of each design side for your portfolio, scrape it all off, and start again with the same BC (if it doesn't have colors blended in).




I would never recommend reusing BC on real cake because styrofoam pellets could be scraped off along with the icing.
post #9 of 22
O.K. Mike179. I teach cake decorating at Michaels. When i show them how to do basketweave with b/c, I wrap my cake dummy in press n seal(sp) I wrap it really smooth using 2 peices. I mark off on my dummy with black marker and proceed to do the basket weave method. I do not mess with the b/c anymore after i get home. I sit it in my cake room. It just dries. Then i just hold it over the trash can,and magically, all the b/c falls off. I will use this peice of press n seal(get the good kind, not the cheap kind) seveal times, then replace it. It works wonderful for me this way. Been doing this for 7 yrs, now. NO washing dummy, nothing. hth
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by icer101

O.K. Mike179. I teach cake decorating at Michaels. When i show them how to do basketweave with b/c, I wrap my cake dummy in press n seal(sp) I wrap it really smooth using 2 peices. I mark off on my dummy with black marker and proceed to do the basket weave method. I do not mess with the b/c anymore after i get home. I sit it in my cake room. It just dries. Then i just hold it over the trash can,and magically, all the b/c falls off. I will use this peice of press n seal(get the good kind, not the cheap kind) seveal times, then replace it. It works wonderful for me this way. Been doing this for 7 yrs, now. NO washing dummy, nothing. hth



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post #11 of 22
For another option, I usually just cover mine with saran wrap. I stick a flat cookie sheet in the oven just to heat it up nice and hot, take it back out of the oven and kind of use it like an iron. I just press all sides of the styrofoam against the hot pan and it tightens the saran wrap so that it's perfectly flat and wrinkle free.

That way, when I'm done all I have to do is break off a chunk of the fondant and pull the wrap off.
post #12 of 22
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For another option, I usually just cover mine with saran wrap. I stick a flat cookie sheet in the oven just to heat it up nice and hot, take it back out of the oven and kind of use it like an iron. I just press all sides of the styrofoam against the hot pan and it tightens the saran wrap so that it's perfectly flat and wrinkle free.

That way, when I'm done all I have to do is break off a chunk of the fondant and pull the wrap off.




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post #13 of 22
I don't use buttercream - I cover all my cakes with sugarpaste (fondant).

But when I've finished with a dummy, I put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher!! They come out perfectly clean.
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post #14 of 22
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I don't use buttercream - I cover all my cakes with sugarpaste (fondant).

But when I've finished with a dummy, I put it on the top shelf of the dishwasher!! They come out perfectly clean.




Really???

The heat from the dishwasher don't melt or shrink thye styrofoam?
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post #15 of 22
Yes, honestly. No melting or misshaping. They come out perfectt!! (tip - they stay wet for quite a while, so I put them into my electric oven on a defrost setting - around 35c - for a little while)
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