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Edible raw steak for stage prop help please?

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Hi, I am needing to make something that looks like a raw steak that can be eaten on stage. I wonder if icing might be a good thing to use? Help please...does anyone have any ideas? :-)

post #2 of 16

Search "steak" on here and look in the images. There are quite a few cakes done that look like an uncooked steak.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

Would icing hold together if I just made the steak part without the cake?

I imagine it's going to be picked up quite roughly and bitten into.

Is there anything I should add to make it hold together better?

It's for a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers musical.

I bake cakes but am a novice in decoration but would love to learn!

Thank you, I've been scouring images, will do loads more looking! :-)
 

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I've just discovered modelling chocolate/candy clay, and love it! I think it would be better than fondant in terms of texture, look and taste. It would be less likely to rip (although the heat from the lights may be something to take into consideration).
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How about rice krispy treats covered with fondant?  It would be chewy like steak.

post #6 of 16

How about a gummy recipe. For the actors that would bend and flex like a real steak and be just as hard to chew through too.

 

I think I would pour the gelatin into a pan to set and then hand carve it for the shape. I'm not sure about the coloring aspect to get some marbling or fat............gotta think a bit on that issue.

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Originally Posted by purplemushroom View Post

Would icing hold together if I just made the steak part without the cake?

I imagine it's going to be picked up quite roughly and bitten into.

Is there anything I should add to make it hold together better?

It's for a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers musical.

I bake cakes but am a novice in decoration but would love to learn!

Thank you, I've been scouring images, will do loads more looking! :-)
 

I'm sure it would hold together on a plate, but definitely not if you picked it up. The lighting might even make it melt a bit on the plate. Buttercream does melt in heat.

 

I think everyone has some good suggestions so far about what to make it from. I think that something solid is the way to go with coloring it. Fondant, modeling chocolate... you wont want something that gets all over an actor's hands if they touch it.

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I think a simpler idea might be to carve a slice of bread from a large unsliced loaf and pour red jelly/jello over it (you know the wobbly stuff! lol), once set I imagine it would be pretty convincing. You could then make a white jello with coconut milk and gelatine and set it only about a quarter inch deep on a baking tray, slice off a strip and attach it to the side of the 'steak' as a fat layer- running a hot knife round the steak would help it stick I think. lastly you need a bone in the middle cut from the same white jello. Google 'cartoon steak' this will help you design something recognisable from a distance. Hope that helps sorry for the block of text; CC won’t accept line breaks on my computer for some dim reason! pfffff
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Great ideas, thank you!!

 

I had a bit of inspiration last night and had a wee play...what do you think?

I ran out of food colouring and they are a very first attempt! I'll play more later. :-)

post #10 of 16
Wow that looks extremely realistic! What did you end up using?

"'Tis an ill cook who cannot lick his own fingers."

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"'Tis an ill cook who cannot lick his own fingers."

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post #11 of 16

Bravo! The top photo definitely looks like a real steak! So do the rest.........but the top one is just awesome! Yes, how did you do it?

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That turned out amazingly well!

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Well done!  (well, not in a cooking sense... Should I say "rare work" instead?)
 

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Looool @ Lizzie!! That looks so realistic!!
post #15 of 16
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Haha Thank you! They are actually...pancakes (Scottish)!! :-D

 

I was shopping for rice crispie squares to try, thought of dying tiger bread and making French Toast (eggy bread) then it struck me!!

 

I'm really happy with them so going to try again and perhaps freeze the result to see how they are defrosted too, then I can prepare them in advance. I'm so happy as it's something I could use for loads of ideas and also make to any dietary requirements.

They need to be edible and also not leave dye on the actor's face (It's for after the fight scene). These can be held, slapped on a face, bitten into, made to accommodate any food allergy issues, hopefully cope under stage lighting and also look cooked if needed! Bear in mind I've been veggie for 25 years, I think this is the most meat I've ever had in my kitchen!!

(The ones in the picture are dairy free- my son wanted to eat them for breakfast- no way, unless he was moving out for a week, i used 3 tubes of food colouring! :-p )

 

Ooh, that was an issue...when I added natural liquid red colouring to the pancake mixture it turned black! Only the tube of artificial red stayed red. I then cut them open to scrape last bits out with a paintbrush for detail. Any thoughts on this?

 

Thank you...you all really helped me come round to thinking how to achieve this. In looking for inspiration I discovered one show used a squeaky dog toy!! :-o

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