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« on: April 28, 2010 05:30:51 PM »

So I had no idea where to post this, but I'm a student photographer and I need to make some fake cakes (props) for a Marie Antoinette shoot I'm doing.

I have a bunch of styrofoam from packing materials that I can use for the base, but what should I do for the outside?

I thought about using real fondant, but I'd rather not use something edible.

What about using that crappy crayola clay that will dry out and get hard?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!


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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2010 06:10:57 PM »

You can try sculpey, but I dunno how well styrofoam holds up to the heat of baking it.  (275 for 15 minutes per 1/4 inch thick)

Maybe cloth?  I've seen some very pretty quilter's cotton that could look like icing.

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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010 06:14:53 PM »

Try caulk. Like the kind you get at the hardware store and use to seal windows and bathroom fixtures. Get white, which you can then tint with paint. Once dry, it has a sort of gummy consistency that mimics cream pretty well, and you can pipe it like you would icing, using some cheap-o piping tips and ziplock bags if you don't want to pay for piping bags you're going to ruin.
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« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2010 06:18:29 PM »

Builders spackle ?

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« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010 07:21:43 PM »

Spackle, caulk and/or modeling paste - depending on how fancy you need your icing details to be...  all can be tinted in colors to your heart's desire, and you won't have to worry about weather conditions affecting too much - though if it's really humid, it might take a while for the spackle to set up...  Have fun, and let 'em try to eat cake!
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010 08:13:50 PM »

Paperclay... or paper mache'... then painted with a matte finish and use cake glitter ir something cool like that.
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2010 10:17:32 PM »

I dont know what kind of lighting you're using, or how handled your cakes are going to be, but definitely keep in mind what heat may do to the fondant if you were to actually go that route...

As for fake, you may want to see if you like the look of covering whatever you use with a thin layer of cornstarch (or something) to mimic the look of fondant.
good luck!
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2010 12:13:41 PM »

Joint compound, used for drywall. You can get a big bucket at home improvement stores for about $15.

We use it as a base coat for our styrofoam props to get a good finish. It can be thinned with water, colored, and dries quickly. For what we do, we put thin coats and sand to get a very smooth surface.
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« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010 10:13:09 PM »

I'm going to go with the drywall mud. I think it would work great. And then, use the caulking as the "decoration icing"

How about making cloth cakes?
I make some killer cinnamon buns that look absolutely real and are made from cloth.

It's all in the way you finish it as to how "real" it looks.


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