A towering wedding cake is often the focal point of a wedding reception. However, if there are few guests at a reception, it can seem wasteful to serve a large cake simply because people expect to see a tall, tiered cake. More and more couples are using fake cakes, also known as dummy cakes, as wedding reception showpieces and serving sheet cake slices to guests. It is possible to make a fake wedding cake with a few supplies.
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Styrofoam Cake Forms
Styrofoam blocks known as cake forms are the most essential materials for making a fake cake. You can purchase them in all standard cake-tier sizes and in any tier shape popularly used for wedding cakes.
It is possible to use regular decorator's icing, royal icing or fondant to decorate a faux cake. Royal icing is a type of icing that is very hard when dry, and fondant is a stretchy, sugary cake coating that helps give cakes an ultra-smooth finish.
Some bakers, however, use imitation icing. This can be pricey but helps protect a cake from damage. Spackling compound, the home-improvement substance used for filling in small holes in walls, is a popular choice, but a commercial imitation icing is also available. Perhaps the most well-known brand is Perma Ice. This special material handles as well as regular icing but is far more durable when dry and can even be wiped clean.
If you wish to decorate with the flowers and scrollwork that have come to be associated with wedding cakes, you will need the same piping bags and decorating tips you would use for an edible cake. A piping bag is a cone-shaped cloth, plastic or parchment-paper bag that has a small opening in its narrow end and is used to hold the icing with which a decorator details a cake. A decorating tip is a funnel-shaped metal or plastic tip that fits in the small piping bag opening and gives shape to the icing that is squeezed out of the bag by the decorator.
You can also use other materials to make a fake wedding cake look beautiful. Fresh or silk flower buds and petals are popular for decorating such cakes, as are ribbons and strings of faux pearls or beads.
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