How to make fake cakes and icings

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It is always fun to peer into bakery shop windows to see all of the wonderful looking display pieces changing with the seasons. This is a great way for the bakery to show off its talents and provide a visual of the variety of services it provides. The displays help to bring in quite a bit of foot traffic from people passing by too. Along with the sweet smells, seeing all of the fake decorated cakes, cookies and other treats can definitely entice your taste buds.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Styrofoam cake form
  • Craft glue
  • Cake Basebpard
  • Decorations
  • Icing sugar
  • Egg whites
  • Long metal spatula
  • Mixer or whisk
  • Spray cans of clear varnish

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  1. 1

    Locate an area for the cake to dry before you begin. There should be ample room on all sides of the cake to avoid any damage and consistent air flow.

  2. 2

    Mix together the icing sugar and egg whites and whip until creamy. The amount you will need will vary greatly on the size of your cake. Add any colourings for the cake now. Note: Many bakeries use real icing, fondant, or this icing sugar version of icing. While edible, this version will not contain grease and is often more preferable to actual icing. Use the icing that will result in the finished look you would like.

  3. 3

    Place your cake form in an open work area or on a cake stand and ice your cake with the icing. Once covered, smooth it out with a metal spatula.

  4. 4

    Decorate your cake however you would like working with it while the cake icing is still wet and soft. It is easier to correct mistakes before the cake sets; however it's not impossible to do so once the cake is dry. Glue pearls, flowers or any non-edible decorations on after the cake is finished and sprayed.

  5. 5

    Set your cake in the area you chose to dry and leave it there until the icing is hard. This can take up to a week depending on the thickness of the icing.

  6. 6

    Take the cake outside or to a well ventilated area once it is dry and spray it with the varnish. Be sure to check on brands and choose one that will not turn yellow with age especially if you have chosen white icing. Varnish the cake with at least two coats to ensure a good seal and let it set for a few hours at the least.

  7. 7

    Add glue to the cake base and gently set your display cake on top, pressing diligently to attach them. Since the cake is iced you will want to be careful not to crack any decorating you have done. Gluing the cakes and base before icing will create a problem if you are not used to icing cakes, and harder to cover when varnishing.

Tips and warnings

  • A non-edible icing idea is to use a light weight spackling and tint it with paint rather than food colouring.
  • Always spray varnish outdoors.

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