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post #1 of 10
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I want to make a pill bottle similar to this one:
http://cdn.list25.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Pill-bottle-cake.jpg
I was thinking to stack round cakes and cover with fondant and then lay it on its side but wouldn't it crack at the base where it touches the board? should there be some kind of support at the bottom?
I don't want to do one that has a flat base like this cake:
http://kbkakes.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/pharmacygraduationcake.jpg
Could you help me with this please icon_biggrin.gif thanks
post #2 of 10
I've never done anything like this myself, but here's my thought.... I kinda also want to see what others think whether this would work. My idea requires that the bottom half be styrofoam though....

Bake your round cake to whatever size. Cut them in half and stack your halves. Then make the other half out of foam and place it next to your stacked halves to make a seamless pillar. Cover the entire thing in fondant and let it set. Once set, turn it on it's side, foam side down.
post #3 of 10
Like the stirafoam idea. Or if you need more cake, find something that is a half round, like PVC that you can set the cakes it so when it's on it side it has the PVC to sit in. Does that make since?
post #4 of 10
The only issue I would see with putting more cake into the PVC is actually cutting the cake and trying to serve what's on the inside.
post #5 of 10
Styrofoam for the bottom half is a great idea. The only thing I'd worry about is gravity winning if the vertical halves start to separate from one another and fall over. To prevent this, you'd need "bookends" to hold them in place. Carving the styrofoam with built-in bookends would do the trick if the ends were thick enough that they wouldn't break off.
post #6 of 10
Very good point. In theory, I wouldn't think that a smaller cake.. possibly up to a 10" would need bookends, but most definitely for anything larger. I'd even do it for a 10 though personally with my luck.
post #7 of 10
The only thing I'd worry about is gravity winning if the vertical halves start to separate from one another and fall over. To prevent this, Image
post #8 of 10
When are you wanting to do this Charmed? I'm anxious to see how it comes out. icon_smile.gif
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by CWR41

Styrofoam for the bottom half is a great idea. The only thing I'd worry about is gravity winning if the vertical halves start to separate from one another and fall over. To prevent this, you'd need "bookends" to hold them in place. Carving the styrofoam with built-in bookends would do the trick if the ends were thick enough that they wouldn't break off.


I am having a bit of difficulty understanding the built in bookends....help please my brain is too tired icon_cry.gif
post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charmed

Quote:
Originally Posted by CWR41

Styrofoam for the bottom half is a great idea. The only thing I'd worry about is gravity winning if the vertical halves start to separate from one another and fall over. To prevent this, you'd need "bookends" to hold them in place. Carving the styrofoam with built-in bookends would do the trick if the ends were thick enough that they wouldn't break off.


I am having a bit of difficulty understanding the built in bookends....help please my brain is too tired icon_cry.gif



You need something solid on both ends to stop vertical layers from falling over. If you can't attach bookends to your board or to the styrofoam, using skewers into half of the foam and half of the cake might be enough to keep the layers together.
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