How to Make a Dummy Wedding Cake

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How to Make a Dummy Wedding Cake
Make a realistic wedding cake with styrofoam. (wedding cake image by Gail Oswald from

Dummy or fake wedding cakes will save you money if you cannot afford an extravagant cake. You can make a large cake with styrofoam forms to look like a real wedding cake without having to spend a lot of money. You can decorate the dummy to match your wedding theme, or you can keep it simple and elegant. You can serve the guests sheet cake you'll have hidden in the back with the rest of the food.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 3 styrofoam cake forms (small, medium and large---available at cake decorating shops)
  • Rotating tray
  • Icing
  • Spatula
  • Cake board
  • Piping bags
  • Decorative tips
  • Silk flowers

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  1. 1

    Place a large styrofoam cake form on a rotating tray. You will need three of these in varying sizes to replicate a tiered wedding cake.

  2. 2

    Apply icing to the largest cake form. Apply the icing evenly, and turn the rotating tray to completely cover the styrofoam. Use a spatula to smooth the icing. Allow the icing to dry on the styrofoam and then remove the form and place it on a cake board.

  3. 3

    Add icing to the second cake tier. Cover it with royal icing, and smooth it out to match the bottom cake tier. Allow the icing to dry, and then centre it carefully atop the bottom tier.

  4. 4

    Coat the smallest tier with icing in the same manner. Once it dries, stack it on top of the middle tier.

  5. 5

    Add decorations to the cake. Use piping bags with decorative tips to make designs, or attach silk flowers to the cake.

Tips and warnings

  • You can actually make the last tier real cake, and decorate it to match the fake parts of the cake. This will allow the bride and groom to cut into it without the guests' ever knowing that parts are just for show.
  • You can use fake icing such as Perma-Ice, or even spackle, instead of real icing.
  • Store the cake in a covered box to keep dust and debris off it, especially if you are using real icing.

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