OR perhaps you are trying to improve your frosting and piping fundamentals and would like some realistic cake dummies on which you can practice your techniques over and over. Or perhaps you’re working on some books.
Most bakers use styrofoam cylinders or blocks to make fake cakes.
The problem with fake styrofoam cake tiers
- You have to buy them.
- The synthetic material is hard/messy to cut.
- They don’t get cold so it’s harder to frost them.
- They are so light weight that they slide around on the turntable while being decorated.
Consider baking bread to use as fake cake tiers. Bread is relatively cheap and easy to bake right into cake pans for square, round, or any shaped tier. It’s stable yet easy to carve if needed, and has some weight like cake does, so it will act just like cake on the turntable. It usually doesn’t require much infrastructure compared to real cakes, especially when it’s stale. However it’s spongy enough to withstand being penetrated by wooden dowels for interior support when needed.
Fake Cake Recipe
To make fake bread cakes, use this bread dough recipe but use the cheapest flour and oil you can find since the bread won’t be eaten. Omit the salt, since that only inhibits yeast growth. Also if you substitute sugar for honey, that will reduce the cost of your fake cake dough.
Fake bread tiers should each be prepared with a cardboard base just like within standard stacked cakes; That makes them easier to maneuver around. They may be frosted and decorated exactly as per a real cake, using the refrigerator to keep the tiers cold before, during, and after the stages of handling. Do not attempt to frost on top of plastic wrap as that won’t work. The bread cakes in the photos here were only wrapped because a whole bunch of them had been jammed into my fridge.
Pricing Fake Cakes
Fake cakes should not get much of a discount since the only savings involved is on the ingredients for the inside part. The amount of labor and the ingredients for the outside part, however, remain the same. I wouldn’t discount more than 5-10% of the overall price of a fake cake tier.
Long Term Display
Eventually bread grows moldy, so this method is not suited for prolonged display. You can extend the life of the bread by drying it out in a low temperature oven until it’s crispy like a crouton, just make sure to carve it beforehand. For permanent fake cake display, I recommend using materials like styrofoam, royal icing, fondant, and gumpaste.
I hope this idea comes in handy for those of you who sometimes get the request for fake cake tiers!
Feel free, in the comment section below, to share photos of any fake cakes that you made successfully using this or a similar method. Your input is always welcome.
Follow this link to get the Bread Dough Recipe
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