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dummy cakes

I have never worked with dummy cakes. I would like to make one that I can practice my piping skills on without having to re-cover it with fondant every time. Something I can scrape off and start over. Also it needs to stand up to the test of time. This is not for display. In addition to that I have a niece in Kentucky that is just starting to decorate. As I will be traveling there over the Holidays I would like to take ship one of the dummies along with other basic supplies so we can practice together, Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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KK

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Fun Fiesta Cakes ...

Dummy cakes are usually covered in fondant that is adhered to the cake by using crisco or piping gel. You could also dampen the fondant with water so it will stick to the dummy cake. If you don’t want to use fondant, maybe you can cover the dummy cake with Royal icing – once it hardens, you can practice your piping. I’ve never done it this way, but it’s a thought…

kathy ...

Thanks I am leaning toward using RI. Thought I would give it a try before I gave it to my niece. I really want something that she won’t have to replace or repair often but durable enough that she can practice ..scrape it off.. and try again.

Bakermama ...

@Funfetti, are you able to reuse the dummy cake once you’ve covered it in fondant, can you wash the old fondant off? I’ve had a dummy cake I’ve been hoarding (I live in Alaska, shipping is OUTRAGEOUS, and I’m a cheapskate…), but it’s now collecting dust. I need to get over my stinginess and decorate it already :)

Amy Filipoff ...

There is a product available called Perma Ice, it goes on like buttercream and once dried it can literally be washed with soap and water! It is a little pricey but a small amount goes a long way.

kathy ...

Thank you I will look it up.