How to Cover a Dummy Cake with Buttercream

How to Cover a Dummy Cake with Buttercream

Trying to find the perfect way to make a display cake? Needing to cover up a dummy cake in a tiered cake?

 Fortunately, using buttercream is an easy and natural-looking way to cover up a dummy cake. This article will tell you what you need to know on how to cover a dummy cake with buttercream.

In general, buttercream is an easy frosting to work with. It is generally easy to make and easy to work with. It is a good option to use on dummy cakes to make them look real.

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What is Dummy Cake?

A dummy cake is a frosted piece of Styrofoam that is designed to look like a real cake. Dummy cakes are used in bakery displays and photoshoots.

 They can also be used in multi-tiered cakes for weddings and special events. Some people may want the look of a five-tier cake, but only want two tiers of real cake. It some cases, using a dummy cake in tiers instead of real cake can save money.

What is Dummy Cake?

Dummy cakes can also be used to make all tiers but the top tier of the wedding cake. The top tier can then be cut by the bride and groom and the rest of the guests can be served pieces of sheet cakes. This is an easy and efficient way to get an elaborate tier cake but then be able to easily serve the guests pieces of cake.

Dummy cakes are also great to practice on. They allow you to practice frosting techniques without having to use a real cake.

What You Will Need for Dummy Cake

Equipment

To make a dummy cake covered in buttercream frosting, you will need:

Ingredients

To make crusting buttercream, you will need:

Dummy Cake: Step by Step Instructions

Step One: Cream Butter, Shortening and Vanilla

Using an electric mixer, cream butter, shortening and vanilla until smooth. It will take approximately three to five minutes to reach a smooth consistency.

Step Two: Add Confectioners’ Sugar

Gradually add confectioners’ sugar to the mix at low speed. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to fully incorporate the confectioners’ sugar into the mix. The mixture will be thick at this point.

What You Will Need for Dummy Cake

Step Three: Add Milk

Add 1/8 cup of milk to mix until smooth. You may add more milk to reach desired consistency. Set frosting aside.

Step Four: Smooth Styrofoam Cake

Using a sanding block, gently sand the Styrofoam cake, eliminating any rough spots.

Step Five: Place Cake Table to Turn Table

Place the cake table on the turntable. You may use a few pieces of tape to secure the cake table if you are worried about it coming off.

Step Six: Place Styrofoam Cake on Turntable

Using a few pieces of tape, place the Styrofoam cake on the cake table. The tape will allow the cake to securely stay in place, as the Styrofoam cake will easily move around if not secured to the cake table since it is so light.

Step Seven: Frost the Styrofoam Cake

Use an angled spatula to frost the dummy cake. Spin the turntable to evenly frost the cake.

Dummy Cake: Step by Step Instructions

Step Seven: Smooth the Cake

Once the cake is fully frosted, use a cake smoother to smooth out any imperfections on the cake.

Step Eight: Decorate Your Cake

If desired, you may decorate your frosted dummy cake. If you are wanting to add multiple tiers, you may use a dowel rod and carefully stick it through the bottom Styrofoam cake and then gently add the next cake on top.

Using a dummy cake is a great way to add tiers to a cake when you want the look of a big cake but don’t have a lot of people to serve.

Dummy Cake: Step by Step Instructions Decorate your Cake

Tips and Tricks

It is recommended to use crusting buttercream because it sits well on cakes and creates a good surface for decorating. Since crusting buttercream creates a solid base, it is a good choice for dummy cakes that may be used for a long time. However, you may use your favorite buttercream recipe as well to frost the Styrofoam cake.

Styrofoam cakes may be found at cake decorating stores or online. They can come in rectangles, squares and round shapes.

Dummy cakes frosted with buttercream may be stored in displays for several months. It is best to avoid storing a frosted dummy cake in direct sunlight, as it may cause the frosting to get a yellow tint and may even cause the frosting to melt in hot weather.

Dummy Cake: Step by Step Instructions Tips and Tricks

After a time, the buttercream frosting may begin to crack. Once it begins to crack, you may be able to just frost the area that is cracking. However, if the cracking is all over, you may need to get rid of all the frosting.

If you wish to have a colored buttercream frosting, you may add food coloring to reach your desired shade. Gel food coloring is recommended for buttercream frosting; however, any food coloring will work.

If you want to reuse your dummy cake for another project, you are able to. Simply scrape off the frosting and thoroughly wash the Styrofoam cake. Allow the cake to air dry and do not frost until the dummy cake is completely dry.

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How to Cover a Dummy Cake with Buttercream

Trying to find the perfect way to make a display cake? Needing to cover up a dummy cake in a tiered cake? Fortunately, using buttercream is an easy and natural-looking way to cover up a dummy cake. This article will tell you what you need to know on how to cover a dummy cake with buttercream.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Cover a Dummy Cake with Buttercream
Author: cakedecorist.com

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • cups solid vegetable shortening
  • tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 bag sifted confectioners’ sugar 2 pounds
  • ⅛ to ½ cup whole milk to desired consistency

Instructions

  • Step One: Cream Butter, Shortening and Vanilla
  • Using an electric mixer, cream butter, shortening and vanilla until smooth. It will take approximately three to five minutes to reach a smooth consistency.
  • Step Two: Add Confectioners’ Sugar
  • Gradually add confectioners’ sugar to the mix at low speed. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl to fully incorporate the confectioners’ sugar into the mix. The mixture will be thick at this point.
  • Step Three: Add Milk
  • Add 1/8 cup of milk to mix until smooth. You may add more milk to reach desired consistency. Set frosting aside.
  • Step Four: Smooth Styrofoam Cake
  • Using a sanding block, gently sand the Styrofoam cake, eliminating any rough spots.
  • Step Five: Place Cake Table to Turn Table
  • Place the cake table on the turntable. You may use a few pieces of tape to secure the cake table if you are worried about it coming off.
  • Step Six: Place Styrofoam Cake on Turntable
  • Using a few pieces of tape, place the Styrofoam cake on the cake table. The tape will allow the cake to securely stay in place, as the Styrofoam cake will easily move around if not secured to the cake table since it is so light.
  • Step Seven: Frost the Styrofoam Cake
  • Use an angled spatula to frost the dummy cake. Spin the turntable to evenly frost the cake.
  • Step Seven: Smooth the Cake
  • Once the cake is fully frosted, use a cake smoother to smooth out any imperfections on the cake.
  • Step Eight: Decorate Your Cake
  • If desired, you may decorate your frosted dummy cake. If you are wanting to add multiple tiers, you may use a dowel rod and carefully stick it through the bottom Styrofoam cake and then gently add the next cake on top.
  • Using a dummy cake is a great way to add tiers to a cake when you want the look of a big cake but don’t have a lot of people to serve.

Notes

  • It is recommended to use crusting buttercream because it sits well on cakes and creates a good surface for decorating. Since crusting buttercream creates a solid base, it is a good choice for dummy cakes that may be used for a long time. However, you may use your favorite buttercream recipe as well to frost the Styrofoam cake.
  • Styrofoam cakes may be found at cake decorating stores or online. They can come in rectangles, squares and round shapes.
  • Dummy cakes frosted with buttercream may be stored in displays for several months. It is best to avoid storing a frosted dummy cake in direct sunlight, as it may cause the frosting to get a yellow tint and may even cause the frosting to melt in hot weather.
  • After a time, the buttercream frosting may begin to crack. Once it begins to crack, you may be able to just frost the area that is cracking. However, if the cracking is all over, you may need to get rid of all the frosting.
  • If you wish to have a colored buttercream frosting, you may add food coloring to reach your desired shade. Gel food coloring is recommended for buttercream frosting; however, any food coloring will work.
  • If you want to reuse your dummy cake for another project, you are able to. Simply scrape off the frosting and thoroughly wash the Styrofoam cake. Allow the cake to air dry and do not frost until the dummy cake is completely dry.
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A Simple Way to Make A Dummy Cake

Using buttercream frosting is an easy way to decorate a dummy cake. Buttercream frosting will give the cake a realistic appearance and it will be able to hold up for a long time.

Whether you are making a cake for a display or to add tiers to a wedding cake, using a dummy cake frosted with buttercream frosting is a great idea. If you tried this frosting, please share your experience making it.

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