How to make fake cakes for display

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Fake cakes can be used by both bakers and interior decorators. Bakeries can display their wares without having to make a new one every day. Interior decorators and homeowners can display these cakes as decorations and they will never lose their delectable look. When made properly, they look so good you can fool your friends into thinking they're real.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • White styrofoam
  • Cake frosting
  • Royal Icing (optional)
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Cake decorations
  • Fake fruit (optional)
  • Sprinkles

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  1. 1

    Cut round or square pieces of white styrofoam to the desired size for your cake. Create a large circular cake by gluing several round pieces of styrofoam together, or use one large piece for a small circular or square cake.

  2. 2

    Test the frosting by leaving a small amount out to see if it will harden as it dries. If it does not harden, use Royal Icing, because this will harden quickly. Alternatively, you can mix in 1/2 cup of salt with the icing to make it last.

  3. 3

    Cover the styrofoam in the desired frosting for the cake.

  4. 4

    Stack layers on top of one another for a layered cake. Make sure to ice the bottom of the styrofoam layers where the bottom will be visible.

  5. 5

    Add decorations to the cake, using icing or decorative icing flowers. Fake fruits, such as strawberry slices, also can be used. Add sprinkles and other long-lasting decorative materials to give the cake more colour.

  6. 6

    Allow the cake to harden; place it in the freezer if you need it quickly.

Tips and warnings

  • If the icing doesn't harden properly, display the cake in a cooled display case or keep it refrigerated between uses.

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