Ways to Make Your Own Cake Dummies
grees.??The?cake?should?be?rock?hard.??Or,?you?may?let?it?air?dry?for?several? days?until?hard.??Decorate?as?desired.?? Shaped?Pan?–?Decorate?directly?on?the?pan?with?your?choice?of?icing.? Sugar?Mold?–?Measure?the?volume?of?the?pan?by?pouring?cups?of?water?into?the?pan?to? the?top?edge.??This?will?tell?you?how?many?cups?of?sugar?are?needed.??Mix?the?sugar?and? water?(2?teaspoons?of?water?for?each?cup?granulated?sugar)?until?it?feels?like?wet?sand.???? Press?into?the?pan?and?level?down.??Release?from?pan?immediately?onto?a?cookie?sheet? or?firm?board.??Let?dry?for?several?days.??If?the?mold?breaks,?you?can?use?a?hot?glue?to? repair?the?mold.??After?the?mold?is?dry,?paint?it?using?thinned?royal?icing.??This?seals?the?sugar?mold.??Decorate?as? desired.? Cardboard?–?It?takes?approximately?23?single‐thick?cardboards?to?make?a?4”?high?cake.??Tape?them?together?then? cut?a?strip?of?poster?board?4”?high?by?the?circumference?of?your?board,?place?this?around?the?cake?boards?and?tape? to?secure.??Cover?with?royal?icing?and?decorate?as?desired.? Styrofoam?–?This?old?standby?can?be?cut?into?many?different?shapes.??Decorate?as?desired.??This?type?of?“cake? dummy”?can?be?washed,?dried?and?reused.??You?can?also?purchase?various?sizes?from?cake?decorating?and?hoppy? shops.? Expandable?Urethane?Foam?–?This?product?is?available?in?hardware?stores?and?possible?craft?stores.??It?does?not? contain?fiber?glass?and?is?used?for?insulation,?to?pack?breakables,?etc.??It?is?lightweight?and?makes?a?great?“foam”? mold?for?displaying?character?cakes?decorated?with?royal?icing.? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Cut?cardboard?to?fit?the?outline?of?the?pan.??? Spray?pan?thoroughly?with?“Pam”? In?a?well?ventilated?area?(outdoors!)?squirt?foam?in?pan.??Fill?pan?with?foam?until?approximately?1/3?full.? Place?cardboard?cutout?on?top?of?foam?in?pan,?press?down?firmly.? Weigh?down?the?cardboard?(Crisco?can?works?well)?to?compress?the?expanding?foam?and?minimize?air?bubbles? in?foam?mold.? Let?dry?for?one?hour?and?unmold.??Air?dry?overnight?and?decorate?with?royal?icing.? This?is?a?great,?lightweight?(easy?to?handle)?store?display?piece?with?lots?of?detail?that?makes?it?easy?to?decorate? the?most?intricate?designs.?
? Paper?Mache?–?Lightweight?display?piece?and?recycles?old?newspapers?at?the?same?time!??In?addition?to?regular? shaped?pans?and?character?pans,?this?mixture?can?be?packed?into?candy?molds?to?make?pins?or?for?use?as?party? trims.? ? ? Tear?newspaper?(any?type?or?color?will?do)?into?small?pieces?and?soak?in?water?for?3‐4?hours.??No?specific? amounts?are?called?for?but?the?paper?should?e?immersed.? ? Take?some?of?the?paper/water?mixture?and?blend?in?blender?until?paper?is?mushy.? ? Drain?and?pack?into?all?crevices?using?a?terry?cloth?towel?to?press?the?paper?thoroughly?into?the?mold?and? absorb?excess?water.? ? You?can?make?just?the?shell?by?backing?the?paper?pulp?in?bottoms?and?sides?of?the?pan,?or?you?can?fill?the?mold? solid?if?you?wish.??(A?solid?piece?will?take?a?lot?longer?to?dry).? ? When?completely?dry,?remove?from?pan.?