Covering a Dummy Cake With Buttercream

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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 have learned it all by trial and error, and I am detailing in the video below what works for me.

Hope this helps someone here who is wrestling with buttercream and dummy! 🙂

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 of Chick Peas is what I have used in the video but anything would serve that purpose, you get the idea!

Step 3

Put your buttercream in a piping bag and apply evenly around the cake. It’s mess-free as well as ensures there is an even layer of buttercream around your 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 here. Signature Buttercream Recipe.

Step 5

Apply different shades of buttercream to create a watercolour effect. The only technique here is that you shouldn’t over smoothen it merging all the different colours. You want the individual colours to stand out.

Hope you found this tutorial about Covering a Dummy Cake with buttercream helpful 🙂

The same techniques can be used to cover a real cake too and achieve a watercolour effect. Make sure you,

– Fill the Cake with buttercream evenly
– Crumb coat the Cake and let it sit for 30 minutes or so
– Cover the cake evenly and smooth (as in video)

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Until next time 🙂

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