If it's real cake, like these:
Faux cakes, like these:
here. On Peggy Sue, in the lower right hand corner, the girl in pink, for some reason I used actual buttercream under the fondant. While I was able to display her for quite some time, I did notice some mold and tossed her in the trash in January. The other two cakes have just a bit of shortening under the fondant. I still have both. Lucy the Ladybug is well over a year old and, while showing some fading, still looks great. The fan, which is about five months old, is also holding up extremely well. Sadly, I dropped something on it the other day and broke a large portion of the lace and some of the flowers.
Now, the styrofoam cakes:
So, what started all this thinking about my old competition cakes? The need for a 6" dummy. So, I said goodbye to my pretty little "Black and White and Ruffled All Over" cake.
Step 1, the still intact cake:
Step 2, remove the top tier. I was hoping to save at least one flower but was unsuccessful.
Step 3, remove the 2nd tier. This is the one I need.
Step 4, separate bottom tier from cake stand.
I've noticed that my dummies are starting to wear a bit of each of their incarnations. I kind of like that. My favorite pair of jeans are a pair of Levi's that are many years old. For the past 10 years or so, I've only worn them to paint. They show a story of my projects and home decor evolution. I like that my dummies are now creating a history of their own.
So, why did I need the dummy tier, you wonder? This is it's next incarnation:
|Dahlia on dummy|
"What the judges liked and didn't like" posts coming soon (I promise) on the competition cakes from February!
As always, thanks for reading!