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Cake Dummies are decorated styrofoam blocks of all shapes and sizes. Using a cake dummy can set the stage for creating a gorgeous masterpiece of a cake. The most commonly used cake dummies are round or square shaped. They can be ordered to the exact specifications you need for your project. The most common height for each cake dummy tier is 3 or 4 inches. Modern box style cakes are often 6 or 8 inches tall. Using real cake for these box styles would require multiple layers of real cake and much trimming. The use of cake dummies makes creating these cakes a breeze.

Cake dummies are excellent for the beginning cake decorator to practice on. They cost less than real cake and much more uniform to work with. There is no need to crumb seal as with real cake or trim to size. Dowels are not required with foam dummies, unless using combined with real cakes. Often the real cake will be the top tier, so no dowel needed. Brides often want a big showy centerpiece, but don’t want to serve cake to their guests. Wedding cakes can be made weeks in advance of the wedding using dummies. Real cake needs to be frozen or made the day of the event.

Elaborate decorating for competitions or displays can be accomplished by using cake dummies. Most commercial bakeries use cake dummies for creating their countertop displays.

If kept out of direct sunlight, display cakes can last for years.

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Frosting Cake Dummies

Cake dummies are frosted the same way real cake is. Place the dummy on a cake plate and secure in place using double side sticky tape or hot glue. You can use buttercream, royal icing or fondant. Buttercream is applied just like real cake. Great news, no crumb sealing. Just apply the buttercream and smooth as you would on a regular cake. Royal icing goes on the same way as buttercream. Then smooth with warm water or texture as desired. Fondant requires a little extra inspection.

To use fondant with cake dummies inspect the surface for any nix or imperfection. If stacking 2 dummies together to make a taller cake, the seam between cakes must be covered with royal icing. Use royal icing to cover any nix, or seams and then smooth. You will not need to put royal icing all over the cake, just over the imperfections and seams. Let the royal icing dry for 20 minutes. Then you can roll out your fondant and apply as usual. Hint: apply a little water with a wide brush to help the fondant stick to the dummy.

Most cake decorators like the sharp edges of the Styrofoam dummies. If you prefer a more rounded edge simply use a rolling pin to smooth out the edge.

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Reusing Cake Dummies

To reuse your cake dummies, scrape off the frosting and then wash the foam with dish soap and water. The fondant or royal icing usually removes easily. Buttercream may leave a little grease due to the butter. Make sure to let the foam dummies dry completely before storing away until next time.

Features and Benefits

  • Cake dummies are reusable – make sure they are thoroughly washed and dried.
  • Cake dummies are lightweight – this is very nice when working wi th larger cakes.
  • They can be stored for future use.
  • They can be pinned, glued, cut, shaped, painted, sanded, and sculpted.
  • They come pre-cut to your specified size – many sizes and shapes to choose from.
  • Cake dummies are made from 2 pound EPS white foam.
  • Cake dummies come with smooth straight surfaces and edges.
  • Ability to apply all advanced decorations including frostings, fondant, modeling paste, and chocolate.
  • Easy to apply cake toppers or artificial flower heads.
  • Cake dummies are very cost effective, as low as $6.99 for a single tier.
  • Special finishes can be applied such as rope, string, ribbon, lace, greenery and many others. Your imagination is your only limit!

Pricing of Cake Dummies

Typical pricing will range from $7 for a single tier cake dummy to as much as $45 for a 6-tier set. WhiteClouds has attractive pricing with quantity discounts. We accept checks, wire transfers, American Express, MasterCard, VISA, Discover, and PayPal.

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Common Questions & Answers

  • Are dummy cakes reuseable?
    Yes, they do need to be thoroughly washed, cleaned, and dried before storing.

  • How much does a dummy cake cost?
    Typical pricing will range from $7 for a single tier to as much as $45 for a 6-tier set of cake dummies.

  • What is the material used?
    Our cake dummies are made from 2 pound EPS (expanded polystyrene) white foam.

  • Can you cut dummy cakes?
    Yes. They can be cut with a sharp knife. If you are doing extensive sculpting or shaping, a hot-wire foam cutter is the best tool to use.

  • How do you stack a dummy cake on a real cake?
    You need to put dowels in the real cake to hold up the dummy cake. It is better to put the real cake on the top and use the dummy cakes for the base.

  • Do you need to put dowels in a dummy cake?
    No. Our foam dummy cakes are very strong and don’t need any additional support.

  • How long do dummy cakes last?
    If you use royal frosting, you can get months and even years of use. Many store displays use dummy cakes for months at a time. You need to make sure they are not in direct sun-light.

  • Are most wedding cakes fake?
    Most are fake. Some are partially fake and partially real. If you want part of the cake eaten, then one of layers/tiers should be made from a real cake. You can also make a smaller sheet cake to serve guests without destroying the fake cake.

  • How do you put real flowers on a fake cake?
    You can use a nail, ice pick, rose nail, or something sharp to make a hole in the foam. Then insert the flowers stem into the foam. You can do this over and over if you want a dense looking flowery cake.

  • How do make rounded edges of a dummy cake?
    Use a rolling pin to round out the edges. If you want to make significant rounded edges it might be easier to start with a sharp knife carving away the edge, then use a rolling pin for the final rounding out.

  • Can you cover cake dummies with buttercream?
    Yes. Buttercream is a bit harder to clean off the dummie cake tiers than royal icing or fondant.

  • Can you cover cake dummies with fondant?
    Yes. You need to make sure you patch any imperfections, holes, chips, or seams in the foam dummy with royal icing.

  • Can you cover cake dummies with royal icing?
    Yes. This is the preferred method. Royal icing applies easily.

  • How far in advance can you cover a dummy cake in fondant.
    These can be created weeks in advance and then stored in a refrigerator.

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What is a dummy cake used for? ›

Cake dummies can be an inexpensive way of providing a cake shaped base or tiered cake. Use a cake dummy to practice icing and decorating a real cake. Cake dummies can be used as displays in shop fronts to show their cake decorating skills. Make a fake wedding cake from cake dummies for wedding fairs and displays.

Can cake dummies be reused? ›

Cake dummies can be reused, meaning you can use them for multiple projects. I have done this for my dummies, especially those that I make for my family since its easier to retrieve the dummies from them. To reuse, simply scrap off all the icing and wash the dummy thoroughly.

How long does a dummy cake last? ›

You can easily cover a dummy cake with fondant up to three months in advance. Just make sure that it is stored in a cool and dry place to avoid any mishaps.

How do you attach a real cake to a dummy cake? ›

How do you stack a dummy cake on a real cake? You need to put dowels in the real cake to hold up the dummy cake. It is better to put the real cake on the top and use the dummy cakes for the base.

Can you cover a dummy cake with icing? ›

The cake dummy can be covered with cling film or similar prior to icing and decorating, and once used makes it easier to remove and keep the cake dummy clean for reuse.

How do you store dummy cakes? ›

The dummies should be kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat like radiators. Some people spray decorated dummies with hair spray, apparently that works. I've never done it and can't vouche for results. Thank you for that.

Are dummy cakes cheaper? ›

Dummy tiers don't actually save you money

The cake still have to be decorated, which equals time, which equals money. Lastly, you will still have to get cake to serve your guests, which costs money, and in the end you will end up spending more money than with a real cake.

Do you need to wash new dummies? ›

For the first six months, dummies should be sterilised every day. New dummies should also be boiled before first use to get rid of any residues and germs. Especially in the early days, babies' immune systems are not yet fully active, and need to get used to their new environment's influences.

Do you sterilise new dummies? ›

Until Baby is one year old, you need to sterilise any bottles, teats and dummies to stop germs from making Baby sick.

Can you use buttercream on a dummy cake? ›

When decorating a dummy cake, you can use the same icing you'd use on a real cake, like buttercream, fondant, or royal icing. When using buttercream, you won't need to crumb coat or level the sides, and you can apply the final coat directly to the dummy cake.

Do I need to dowel a dummy cake? ›

a) Personally I would dowel the dummy as not all dummies are equal in strength to carry weight. b) Double sided tape won't be suffciently strong enough to cope with any sifts during the journey. Inserting nails in the board and also a good strong royal icing as glue would be a good idea.

How long can fondant dummy cake sit out? ›

There is no timeline for how long fondant will last, as it greatly depends on the storage environment. If stored properly, fondant should keep for about 2 weeks at room temperature. It's imperative that your fondant doesn't develop a crust.

What can I use instead of cake glue? ›

There are many types of edible glue that can be used in cake decorating. Royal icing, piping gel and melted chocolate all work well. To attach small to medium decorations to a cake or when making cake toppers, a mix of water and tylose/CMC powder works wonderfully.

What is a cake dummy made of? ›

Materials: Solid, White Styrofoam. This round styrofoam cake dummy is great for practicing cake decorating or for creating a long-lasting display. Or, use it instead of a real cake to add an inexpensive layer to a tiered wedding cake. Made from high quality polystyrene bead foam.

Is it better to cover a cold cake with fondant? ›

So, chill the cake well before you cover it with fondant. That way you will have a nice firm cake to work with. And yet, once you cover the cake with fondant, DO NOT put it back in the fridge.

Can hamsters eat chocolate? ›

Chocolate, particularly dark chocolate: It contains theobromine and is toxic in large amounts, which is easy to do with the tiny, sweet-toothed hamster. Garlic: This can cause indigestion and blood disorders in moderate amounts. Kidney beans, uncooked: These are toxic to hamsters; do not feed!

Do you need to put anything on a cake before fondant? ›

Before you can cover your cake with fondant, you need to crumb coat your cake. This thin layer of frosting traps any cake crumbs and acts as an adhesive so your fondant doesn't fall off or move around.

Does fondant have to be dry before you paint it? ›

Your fondant needs to dry for at least 12 hours (24 hours is even better) before you try and paint on it.

Do you use flour or powdered sugar to roll out fondant? ›

Use a rolling pin and roll the fondant to a thickness of about 1/4-inch thick. Use cornstarch to "flour" the work surface and the rolling pin. Roll the fondant around the rolling pin to transfer it to the top of the cake.

Is it better to store cake in the fridge or on the counter? ›

Should You Refrigerate Cake? You should avoid refrigeration in most cases. Unless your cake features perishable materials that could spoil—like cream frosting, fresh fruit, ice cream, mascarpone, or whipped cream—it's actually better off at room temperature.

How do you put flowers on a dummy cake? ›

If you do still want to dowel the dummy, do it the same as a real cake and stack in the usual way. To insert flower into polystyrene, use posy picks which have sharp pointed tips. These can also be used for fresh flowers. You can also use special plastic test tubes which florists use to keep flowers fresh.

Is it worth it to buy DIY cakes? ›

Everyone knows that a homemade cake is always the best kind of cake! It's a simple fact that everything made from home not only tastes better but also is typically better for you. Skip running to your local bakery or supermarket to pick up your next birthday cake!

Which cake is the best seller? ›

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1/4 Sheet-1 Layer12-15 Med. or 24 Small Servings$27.99
1/4 Sheet-2 Layer25-30 Med. or 48 Small Servings$45.99
1/2 Sheet-1 Layer25-30 Med. or 48 Small Servings$43.99
1/2 Sheet-2 Layer40-50 Med. or 96 Small Servings$81.99
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How do you wash a dummy before first use? ›

Before first use

Remember to sterilize the pacifiers when you take them out of the packaging! This is done by putting the pacifiers in plenty of boiling water for 5 minutes. This applies to both latex and silicone pacifiers.

How do you get the smell out of dummies? ›

I put a little baking soda in the water when I soak everything before rinsing and putting into the steriliser. Everything comes out odour free - even that odd bottle you might have left in the baby bag a few days ago. *ooppss*. Soak in boiling water for 5 mins.

What age should you remove dummies? ›

Dummies can be good to help babies self-settle for the first four or five months, but it is generally recommended that parents try to wean their baby's dummy between six and 12 months.

Is it OK to put my finger in baby mouth? ›

If you find yourself in the position of wanting to soothe your baby by giving him something to suck on other than your breast, you can always use your (clean) little finger. Simply turn your hand palm-side up and let your baby suck on your pinky finger, allowing it to rest gently in the roof of his mouth.

Can you rinse a dummy under the tap? ›

Never clean a dummy by putting it in your mouth before it goes into your baby's mouth — always sterilise it or rinse it under the tap, as you would clean a bottle feeding teat. Renew your baby's dummy often. As with all teats, check regularly for cracks, splits and holes which can trap germs.

How long do Sterilised dummies last? ›

Replace the soother after one month, for safety and hygiene reasons. If the soother becomes lodged in your baby's mouth, DO NOT PANIC; it cannot be swallowed. Remove from baby's mouth with care, as gently as possible. When the soother is not in use, for instance after sterilization, keep in a dry covered container.

How often should you change a dummy? ›

We recommend a replacement of pacifiers every 4-6 weeks for both safety and hygienic reasons. Keep an eye out for any changes in the surface, changes in size and shape, or rupture in the material, and replace the pacifier if you notice any differences.

What happens if you don't sterilize pacifiers? ›

Those germs might be viruses or bacteria that can cause illness. Dirty pacifiers can also spread thrush, a common fungal infection that causes white patches and uncomfortable sores in the baby's mouth.

What is the easiest buttercream to work with? ›

American buttercream is deliciously creamy, super sweet, and incredibly fluffy, and by far the easiest buttercream to master. It's just a matter of beating softened butter until it's fluffy, adding powdered sugar, cream, and a little vanilla and whipping it all together. No cooking required!

Can you cover a dummy cake with buttercream? ›

When decorating a dummy cake, you can use the same icing you'd use on a real cake, like buttercream, fondant, or royal icing. When using buttercream, you won't need to crumb coat or level the sides, and you can apply the final coat directly to the dummy cake.

How do you shape a cake without it falling apart? ›

Freezing also allows you not only to bake the cakes in advance but also to carve more intricate shapes without the cake crumbling and falling apart. How hard your cake freezes depends on the settings of your freezer. It may be necessary to let your cake defrost slightly before attempting to carve.

How do you store a dummy cake? ›

The dummies should be kept in a cool place away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat like radiators. Some people spray decorated dummies with hair spray, apparently that works.

How do you put Barbie dolls in a cake? ›

Wrap Barbie in plastic wrap from the waist down. Cut holes in the center of the cake layers with a round biscuit cutter or use a knife. The hole needs to be large enough for the Barbie to fit in. Add frosting to middle of cake board and add the first cake layer.

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