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Covering a Dummy Cake With Buttercream

Covering cake with buttercream


When I started working with buttercream over a decade ago, I always worked on real cakes. It is only after starting my business that the need to work on dummy cakes came into perspective. It is a great tool for practising new skills or to create new designs for our Social Media Channels. Covering a dummy cake with buttercream is not the easiest if you don't know the exact steps. I am detailing my process in the video below.

Hope this helps someone here who is wrestling with buttercream and dummy cakes! :)

Step 1

Make sure you attach the cake board with some melted chocolate. This acts as an edible glue between the cake board and the dummy, enabling you to be at peace that the dummy isn't going to slide off the cake.

Step 2

Dummy Cakes are extremely light and for that reason, it's a pain to keep them in place as you apply the buttercream. Put a little weight on top of the dummy to keep it in place. A can is what I have used in the video but anything would serve that purpose, you got the idea!

Step 3

Apply buttercream all around the dummy cake.

Step 4

Smooth using a palette knife or cake smoother. Be patient here. Watch the video, keeping the smoother at a right angle is key to ensuring straight edges. Our Signature buttercream recipe is magic when it comes to smoothing cakes, you can learn how to make it in our Online School.

Step 5

To Clean to dummy cake, scrape off the buttercream and run it under hot water and soap. Let it dry completely before reusing again. 

Hope you found this tutorial helpful :)

Do you have any questions? Write to me - [email protected]

Until next time :)

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