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post #16 of 28
When I use dummy cakes I cover the entire thing. Usually I make dummies both for pictures and display purposes so that when I do have a show coming up, I already have display-worthy cakes-- rather than having to complete a whole lot of them for a show.

As my skills improve I rip up those that are no longer the style of cakes I want to create to make designs more in line with my present skill set.
post #17 of 28

Do you wrap your dummy in plastic wrap?  I tried one once, and ended up throwing it away after trying to get the fondant off.  I think I had only rubbed it with shortening.

Linda
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post #18 of 28

did you try soaking your dummy in hot water to get the fondant off?

post #19 of 28

I did, and rubbed under running water.  At which point I was loosing Styrofoam!  I had just started out, and my Wilton teacher had an extra dummy that I bought to play with.  As a hobby baker, I don't have much call for dummies, but just wondered!

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post #20 of 28

No no no! No hot water, no soaking. Just let them dry up, put them in a plastic bag, and whack it all over from the outside of the bag with a rolling pin or a mallet. The fondant will crack right off leaving your styrofoam in perfect condition, IF you used shortening to adhere it in the first place. Water generally makes it stick too hard and then all you can do is soak it, but it weakens the dummy. Use shortening, and either peel it back off before it hardens, or what I just described.

post #21 of 28

glad I used shortening then...

post #22 of 28
I wrap in plastic then smear with shortening. You can just pull the whole thing off. In fact, I've been able to pull fondant off a dummy completely intact after it had hardened doing it that way.
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post #23 of 28

I just put the fondant directly on the dummy. Unless it's shaped like a pillow or something.

post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post
 

No no no! No hot water, no soaking. Just let them dry up, put them in a plastic bag, and whack it all over from the outside of the bag with a rolling pin or a mallet. The fondant will crack right off leaving your styrofoam in perfect condition, IF you used shortening to adhere it in the first place. Water generally makes it stick too hard and then all you can do is soak it, but it weakens the dummy. Use shortening, and either peel it back off before it hardens, or what I just described.

 

I will do this from now on based solely on the fact it sounds like an enormous amount of fun...

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

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"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep."

 

Scott Adams

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post #25 of 28

LOL..too funny!

post #26 of 28
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How many dummy cakes do you have pre-made at a time?

I have a hard time getting them (I hate to pay shipping and the nearest good cake decorating supply store is almost 1 1/2 hours away :() so I keep them until I need the Styrofoam again. I'm starting to get a decent collection but it's been hard dismantling some of my better competition cakes!

post #27 of 28
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I put a mix of water/ piping gel on mine and put the fondant on that way. I read in one of the threads you can stick them in the freezer and the whole thing pops right off. I haven't tried that yet but I'll let you know if I decide to destroy one.

post #28 of 28

This reminds me of a video I just watched earlier on Wicked Goodies site where she punched and karate kicked a cake...lol. I know I have worked on cakes where I have wanted to do that too...a Hammer would be fun too

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