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Sorry for do many questions on this football helmet.

In watching Lauren Kitchens DVD she is carving her cake right on the board she uses. It I'd not covered in fondant, only food safe paper.

I was going to cover my board on green fondant and decorate to look like a football field but in doing so, when I carve it will ruin the fondant board.

I'm unsure that I can carve and decorate on one board (I'd have to go DVD pick up some more 18 inch boards) and moved it to the finished board.

Help! Cake isn't due till next weekend but I was hoping to get the board done tomorrow.

Thank you all so much!

Erin
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Bumping because I am really stumped
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Can you carve it on a board shaped like your football?  I have a few of those really big spatula's that really help lifting something like this and then set it on the finished board?  This is the cleanest way I can think of. HTH...good luck

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like JSK i usually make a  'working board' separate from the  'presentation board' --the working board would be just about 1/4" bigger than the uniced cake --then when icing is applied the board disappears--i use hot glue or an icing smear to adhere the boards together--

 

but if your fondant (covered board) gets nice & firm you could cover it with waxed paper and do all your carving and messy stuff right on it  then viola rip the paper off--

 

depending on how messy it might get--you might want two layers of waxed paper -- i often have fillings in there that might soak the paper--trying to cover all bases -- tmi ;) but that's why i use two boards

 

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The problem with a board underneath is that I'm carving a 3D helmet that will be 10 inches tall. It is tapered at the bottom so when it is carved the bottom if the cake us significantly smaller than the Board. Lauren carves right on food safe paper covered board.

I'm also Leary of moving it from a work board to the actual board.

Wondering if I can cut a base cake board with an exacto after its carved and then move the cake over ?
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With sculpted cakes I sculpt on the board, but cover the board with fondant last. Similar principle to this video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OFLlAmO87pw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DOFLlAmO87pw
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The problem with a board underneath is that I'm carving a 3D helmet that will be 10 inches tall. It is tapered at the bottom so when it is carved the bottom if the cake us significantly smaller than the Board. Lauren carves right on food safe paper covered board.

I'm also Leary of moving it from a work board to the actual board.

Wondering if I can cut a base cake board with an exacto after its carved and then move the cake over ?

 

 i'm not exactly sure what you mean--the height of the sculpture and the perimeter of the base of it (sculpture) are not relevant to cutting the base board--

(i mean it's gotta be sturdy enough) not to be abrupt or anything --just saying--

 

if you make a working cake board first you carve the cake to fit the board with that 1/4 inch leeway for icing --it's also a template--

 

sure on the other hand you could cut the board after it's carved--

 

but having a template is a good idea even if you set it on the presentation board to do the carving all in one--i often use a template cake board this way--

 

while a working board would be built sturdy enought to carry the sculpture without flexing and the presentation board can be whimpy underneath there--

 

another way is to do a one cardboard template and set in on the very sturdy presentation board--

 

tons of ways to do it--tons--just need to pick a pathway ;)

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I understand what you mean BUT I start with 5 12 inch round cakes and I'm sculpting a football helmet taht will in the end be 10 inches tall but will not be the 12 inches in diameter at the bottom when all is said and done becuase you taper the base of the helmet.

 

So, in escence, placing a board underneath will be too large in the end. My base is 3 18 inch masonite boards, glued together that I was going to cover in fondant.

 

My oprions include:

 

1. Putting the five 12 inch rounds on a 12 inch cake board (separate from the decorated base), carving, and then needing to trim the 12 inch cake board to fit the helmet. It is impossible to make the board in the shape of the hemet in advance because of all the carving. Once trimmed I'd have to move the 10 inch tall helmet cake to the decorated board. OR

2. Decorate the board, carve the cakes on the board and pray I don't jack-up the fondant football field.

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mbranko24--

 

if you place one cardboard 12" board on the turntable and if you place your template board on top of that and then stack up your cakes on top of that --you then carve away and reveal the template board underneath and you can move it anywhere you want--you can slide a cookie sheet underneath it and take it on a walk around the block (being silly)

 

or

 

--place a 9 or 10 inch cake on the bottom board then the 12's--

 

--the icing will cover an inch thick board if it's the same shape as the cake and you decide you need the board that thick--

 

--but i mean are you saying three masonite boards? one is plenty --

 

--i do not recommend trimming the board after carving--it's possible and i've done it plenty but it seems to weaken the cake a bit --all the movement and jiggling--

 

 

--so all that to say--place a board underneath the uncarved cake that will be the right size for when you're finished carving--carve to that board

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you could also carve it upside down too and flip it

 

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/67296-demo-sculpting-a-cake/

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