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Hi everyone! Have been asked by a friend to do this cake for her engagement (traditional muslim wedding). She wants the ball cake to be a dummy (to hold the engagement rings) and the second layer to hold a gift inside, also dummy cake. I need some tips and guidance please as I have not done any dummy cakes before...

1) Are dummy cakes hollow? To put something inside?
2) Any tips for covering the ball cake?
3) Any tips for stacking this cake so that is very sturdy - would have to travel about 45 mins to venue.
4) For the bottom layer - the design looks like it was used from an impression mat/ roller, right? Any idea how to get something similiar without me having to find and buy this impression mat - its not a very popular type of design so I"d rather not invest in buying it.

Your expertise is much appreciated!!!
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.....1) Are dummy cakes hollow? To put something inside?...

Don't know if they are available in your area but here in the US we have tortilla warmers - usually they are only 8 or 9" around w/a lid so you could use to put something inside.

......3) Any tips for stacking this cake so that is very sturdy - would have to travel about 45 mins to venue. ...

that's a rough trip for having the cake assembled ahead of time. I'd really suggest partly assemblying and final put together once at venue.

.......Any idea how to get something similiar without me having to find and buy this impression mat.......

without actually seeing the design it's hard to suggest anything to help on this.
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Yes, there are dummies that are hollow.
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Kakeladi - thanks for the tips. I agree, I think I would have to partly assemble and finish at the venue. I didn't know dummy's were hollow, now she also says she wants the "ball" to be partly open and their names to be inside with the rings. How on earth....???

Leah - Thanks for the reply.

How do you stack a dummy ball cake? Same as cake, with dowels? Any tips for keeping it from rolling off?
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If she wants the sphere to be an open ring box it might be better to cast it from chocolate or candy melts. You could use a ball pan for a mold if you have one or the balloon method. It would need a couple of layers to ensure strength but you could then attach it to the next tier with melted chocolate or royal icing.

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That sounds really complicated! The embossing on the lower layer looks simple enough to do without a mat. I'd suggest using the non-cutting side of oval cutter (the smooth side you press your hand against) to make light impressions in the fondant, then go back with a veining tool to deepen them. You can make the lines the same way. Good luck!
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3D-sweets, thanks yes thats what I was thinking, will try it out, thank you!

The chocolate mould would work best I think, I've never done that kind so will practice it and see what works best.

I don't normally take orders, just doing this for family and friends but this girl loved the look and taste of my cakes and doesn't want to take no for an answer. So I'll have to figure it out!

Appreciate all your tips!!
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