Fake Cakes are FUN!
It may look delicious but don't eat it! I'm deep into a remodel for the Trader Joe's in Eagle Rock right now and everything needs remade! New signs are needed for all of our sections including the Sweet Table (the little floating island with all the cakes and pies and cuppy cakes and muffins!) We needed to cover the sides of the platform the products would be on as well as a topper so why not make a fake cake?
I have long been an Amy Sedaris
fan all the way back to the Jerri Blank days so I was ALL OVER her hospitality and crafting books! What an inspiration! In I Like You
Amy has a bang-up recipe for a fake cake batter that works like a charm.
The basic ingredients are
- 2 cups ultra-lightweight spackle*
- 1 cup dry plaster of paris
- 3 tbsps water (plus more)
*in the pic shown here is regular Spackle which works just fine but the lightweight gives the frosting an amazing fluffy texture. Work fast with this stuff! it sets up HARD in about 15 minutes!
Keep a bucket of water nearby to toss your frosting device into to slow down the hardening, and wash it out as soon as you're done!
My first combination (shown here on my square practice cake) was a combination of white glue and joint compound. But, although its more sturdy than the Sedaris mixture, it cracked severely overnight as seen here. Which is cool, you know, if you want a crackly cake. But aren't we all a bit too young for that?
I used a Wilton brand push down frosting doo-hickey that you'd use for real cakes. I did some experimenting with shapes and designs before the real deal since it would be so very permanent! The cake piece is double sided and will be mounted onto a stand onto the top of our sweet table display.
Here's Miss Stephanie Flores super amazing crafter and cake frosting GODDESS! She showed me how to make frosting roses reeeeaaall good. In the foreground is the topper for the cake which will be connected by rods.
Here is the completed frosted cake! After is was totally dry (about 24 hours just to be sure) I covered both sides with artists gel medium varnish. This helped fill in any odd cracks or holes from the plaster mixture.
As above here is the completely painted cake! I used fine art acrylic paint.
I did a darker shade first for each section, and then dry brushed over that with a lighter shade to bring out the texture of the frosting.
I drilled holes into the 1/2 thick wood topper and into the top of the cake itself in order to insert the 5" long rods. Each rod is secured with super glue. The cake "stand" is affixed with L brackets onto a brown wooden base. The base it what will be connected (also with L brackets) onto the top of the display.
Also notice in the bottom left is my practice cake in the colors I wanted it to be. My captain wanted chocolate so there ya go!
And here's the completed topper screwed securely into the display!
The base of the display is covered with painted Masonite panels tat have a party theme! Now go buy some darn pies and pastries already!