How to Decorate Dummy Cakes

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How to Decorate Dummy Cakes
Make a real splash with your dummy cake. (wedding cake image by cherie from

Your dummy cake can look smart with some real decorations. A key to making a perfect dummy cake lies in the decorations. The more real it looks, the better the quality. Dummy cakes are usually made of styrofoam, which makes it easy to place decorations on them. You can insert fake flowers into the foam, or whatever else you like. Using real icing is the cheapest and easiest way to make a dummy cake. You can get as creative as you want when building the cake.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towel
  • Cake board
  • 0.454kg. fondant
  • Icing sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp of cake colouring
  • Rolling pin
  • Star icing decorating tip
  • Pastry bag
  • Paring knife
  • Cake board
  • 1 to 2 cups of cake icing
  • Real or candied flowers

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  1. 1

    Put your dummy cake onto a cake board. Dampen a piece of paper towel. Run it on the surface of the cake.

  2. 2

    Knead 1/2 to 1 tsp of colouring into the cake until you've evenly distributed the colour.

  3. 3

    Dust a working area with icing sugar. Flatten the fondant into a 1/16-inch-thick circle that is 1 foot across.

  4. 4

    Drape the fondant over your cake until it is completely covered. You may need to push the fondant to cover the entire surface. This will make it thinner. Be careful not to overstretch--if you do, roll more fondant.

  5. 5

    Trim excess fondant with a paring knife.

  6. 6

    Fill a pastry bag with a cup of icing. You can buy icing or make it by mixing butter and icing sugar. Attach a star decorating tip. Hold the bag at a 90-degree angle facing the edge of the cake.

  7. 7

    Border your cake with star edges by pressing your bag as you glide the icing along the edges. Continue this process at any section of the cake until you complete a circle. Generally, do this at the bottom and top of each layer of your cake.

  8. 8

    Use the same bag to write words on top of the cake, such as "Happy Anniversary" or "Happy Birthday."

  9. 9

    Add real or candied flowers on top of the cake. You can also place them on the sides by pressing them into the fondant.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not eat the dummy cake.

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