How to Support a Heavy Cake Topper

How to Support a Heavy Cake Topper

The Pokémon Gengar cake topper weighed a whopping 2lbs and 8-ounces, stood 11-inches tall, 8-inches wide and was inserted into the cake for 2+ hours. This tutorial will show you how to support a heavy cake topper with success.

No worries. No cake implosions. No toppling over. Go ahead and take mega photos, chat with moms, eat delicious food and slam the piñata!

It’s party time!

Chilling and supporting a cake the correct way is important. Here’s some expert advice to ensure that the cake and heavy cake topper will be troublesome-free.

Diagrams and  instructions on how to  dowel a cake,  Artisan Cakes and the proper way to chill a decorated fondant or modeling chocolate cake, Erica O’Brien.

I’m a Bubble Tea Fat Straw enthusiast for cake support, but in this instance the nightmare of a happenchance and the inkling of a grandson reduced to tears, the straws were put aside and replaced with wooden dowels.

It’s the GlamMa’s Accident Insurance Policy – may never be needed, but if it happens, glad the premium is paid in full.

Joking, I’d told Mason that if perchance an implosion occurred after placing Gengar on top of the cake, the guests were going to have the unique opportunity to have a one-on-one Pokémon cake fight.

He was not impressed.

Six-year-old minds cannot fathom the possibilities of a spontaneous combustion happening at their birthday party and laughing eons later over the memories with their friends.

Gengar needed to stay standing! On the cake! Until blowing out the candles! Period.

Bossy little dude!

Hope you enjoy this tutorial. I just had to share How to Support a Heavy Cake Topper since the ‘Pokémon Go’ party went off without any hitch.

And the party made this GlamMa’s heart feel good.

Real Pika Pika good!

Support a Heavy Cake Topper – Equipment Required

 Heavy Cake Topper – Standing with Dowels

The tutorial photos are ‘after the party’. Gengar came back home for this tutorial.

The foam core board must have support with cake dowels.  Below is an example of an 8″ cake with dowels and foam core board placement:HeavyCakeTopperStep1:   Wooden dowels are needed to support the cake topper. Sharpen the dowels with a pencil sharpener to a point. 

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Note: the sharpened dowels that were used for the Gengar Evolving Cake were measured 3-3/4″  from the base of the cake topper; the cake was 4″deep. The dowels need to be long enough without having to push through the cake board.

Step 2: Use an Anvil Pruner Tool to cut the dowels to size. 

HeavyCakeTopperFor health and safety issues: the pruner tool needs to be used specifically for sugar art. Do not use or sterilize old garden cutters.

Step 3: Knead the Wilton’s Gum Paste. With a brush, use  a dab of water to adhere the dowels. Roll the gum paste into a log; the length and width of the dowels; adding 1/2″ to the top; secure the dowel into the sugar paste. Gently press, covering the dowels, work and smooth the gum paste to encase and cover the dowels; allow to completely dry.

Note: The face-down Gengar Cake Topper was allowed to dry for 3-days before moving.

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Take a close look at the photo,  1/2″ of gum paste was added on each side: after the wooden dowels were firmly encase with gumpaste.

After the gum paste drying time: Double-check to guarantee that the dowels are firm in place; without any movement. If a dowel moves at all, reinforce the top and bottom (near the dowel ends) with additional gumpaste; allow to dry overnight before moving.

Step 4. Measure the  width of the topper to determine the size of the board needed to support the heavy cake topper.

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Step 5: Set the diameter of the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, place foam core on to the Fiskar’s Mat; press hands firmly onto the cutter and rotate until the blade cuts through to the mat; remove foam core circle.

HeavyCakeTopperStep 6: Dip the sharpen ends of the dowels into gel color. Holding the cake topper over the foam core board, mark  on the foam core where the holes of the dowels are going to be on the board; positioned on the cake.

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Stept 7: Punch the designated holes with an ice pick;  slightly enlarge the holes. Insert into the holes the same size dowel as the cake topper dowel and enlarge the hole until the dowel goes through with ease.

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Step 8: With a small amount of Crisco or Lard, Coat the cut-out foam core board; cover with modeling chocolate or fondant. Allow to dry.

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Step 9: Center the covered foam core board on the cake. Slide the wooden dowels into the designated holes.

HeavyCakeTopperNote: Assembly of the top cake topper needs to be on-site or at the party.  Do not attempt to move the cake or travel with the heavy cake topper assembled on the cake.

Heavy Cake Topper – Free Standing

The foam core board must have support with cake dowels.  Below is an example of an 8″ cake with dowels and foam core board placement:

 Heavy Cake Topper Free Standing

 

Step 1: Measure the diameter of the topper to determine that size of foam core board needed to support the heavy cake topper.

Step 2: Set the diameter of the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter, place foam core on to the Fiskar’s Mat; press hands firmly onto the cutter and rotate until the blade cuts through to the mat; remove foam core circle.

Step 3: With a small amount of Crisco or Lard, Coat the cut-out foam core board; cover with modeling chocolate or fondant. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Center the covered board on the cake; place the heavy cake topper on the board. 

Note: Assembly of the top cake topper needs to be on-site or at the party.  Do not attempt to place the heavy cake topper assembled on the cake and travel.

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The Pokémon Evolving Cake traveled to the party in a Cake Safe. No worries. Transporting cakes are always stress-free! Love!

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Perfect Cake Board Hack – Simple & Save $$

Perfect Cake Board Hack – Simple & Save $$

My baking confidence increased ten-fold after discovering this Perfect Cake Board Hack. No scenario is worse to a home baker, than to spend hours on a party creation and then feel the cake  shift, as the cake board buckles underneath their hands from the weight of the cake.

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The cardboard circles, found in the local craft stores, has its place in cake decorating. The circles come in handy when cooling and flipping a cake or in the torte and leveling process. But when it comes down to supporting a tiered cake, the circle tends to soak up the oils making the cardboard unreliable and soggy.

This Perfect Cake Board Hack tutorial shows how to have an even # size board for a buttercream or ganache iced cake and a 1/4″ increment added to the board for a fondant cake.

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This method is also ideal for those time-consuming parchment rounds, making that tedious task, fast & easy.

Perfect Cake Board Hack – Equipment Required

The cutter cuts perfect circles from 4-inch to a 12-inch diameter at 1/8″ increments and has a double-sided blade allowing for clockwise and counterclockwise cutting; additional cutting blades can be purchased.

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Step 1: Set the diameter of the cutter to the size needed. Place a 1/4″ foam core board onto a Fiskars Healing Mat. Align the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter on the foam core board; press down on the center of the cutter and with the other hand use the blade to go backward and forward cutting out the circle. The blade cuts in increments; press down harder as the blade goes deeper, cutting out the circle. Note: don’t expect this action to be a one-time cut. For a smooth cut, do a gradual cut to the foam core board.

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Step 2: Lift the cutter from the board. With an exacto knife, follow the ridge of the cut-out circle on the board.

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Step 3: Now you have a sturdy cake board with a protective and washable coating for your decorated party cake. It’s a win-win!

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Perfect Cake Board Hack – Cutting Parchment

There are many tutorials about how to cut parchment rounds on the web. I’ve tried them all! Nothing compares to the speed of using the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. It’s super fast & easy!

Perfect Cake Board Hack Parchment Rounds Step 1: Tape a square around the four edges; slightly larger than the size parchment round that is needed. Set the cutter to the diameter.

Perfect Cake Board Hack Parchment Rounds

Step 2: With two swipes around with the blade, you have a perfect parchment round.

Perfect Cake Board Hack Parchment Strips

Step 3: For the parchment side strips for the baking cake pan, roll-out parchment paper to the length needed. Using the O’ Lipfa Lip Edge Ruler, line the ruler up for the width needed for the parchment strips. Cut-out with an exacto knife on the Fiskas Healing Cutting Mat. Makes the tedious task a breeze!

And for a bonus round: If your mindset is still focused on using the cardboard circles. Get out the glue gun and glue two circles together; two circles = 1/4″.

To protect the cardboard from the becoming unreliable from the oils, use Wilton Fanci-Foil Wrap. Cut-out a larger circle than the cardboard; enough to wrap underneath the cake. Turn the circles over. Pleat the foil and glue the wrap underneath.

Perfect Cake Board Hack Cardboard Circles

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Embellished Gift Box Top Bow

Embellished Gift Box Top Bow

Embellishing this Gift Box Cake Top Bow with pretty accents and textures eliminates the humdrum of the plain old boring bow and elevates the Gift Box Cake Top design to the over the realm. Why settle for a mediocre bow when a few simple and no fuss steps will give your cake topper the ‘wow’ factor? And all the easy steps are in this Gift Box Cake Top Bow tutorial.

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The first thing in designing a ‘perfect’ bow is to find a pattern. Searching on Google there are plenty ‘free’ patterns on the web – clipart, sewing, knitting and more.  After saving and enlarging the bow to the specifications of the design it’s time to begin. And once a bow pattern is chosen and modified, it’s file away time to keep for other bow designing projects. Makes it easy peasy!

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The silicone molds required for this Gift Box Cake Top Bow are versatile. The molds can be used in so many designs. I’ve used every one of the molds, multiple times. In fact, the molds in this project are food-safe and designed to use with sugar art creations.

And the texture sheets and imprint mats are a ‘go to’ when I need to add depth and dimensions to sugar art projects.  Both are adaptable items that will be used over-and-over again.

Gift Box Cake Top Bow – Equipment Required

Step 1:  Add 1/4 teaspoon of Tylose to the modeling chocolate or fondant. Knead. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside. Sprinkle cornstarch on the self-healing mat. Roll-out the sugar paste to an even thickness; fabric thin.

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Step 2:  Cut-out the sugar paste bow and ribbon ends with an exacto knife.

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Step 3: Using firm hand pressure, apply the fabric impression with the Makin’s texture sheet.

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Step 4:  Stitch around the edges of the bow and the end ribbons with the Wilton’s Stitching Tool.

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Step 5: With a clean paintbrush, dab a small amount of water, then fold over the ribbon and pinch the ends; adhere the ends together. Trim a straight edge with the exacto knife. To make a realistic bow, loosely wad-up plastic wrap, and place the wrap in the center of the bow loops; allow to dry overnight.

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Step 6: With a paintbrush, dab water at the center of the the end ribbons, place the bow loops on top. Add movement to the end ribbons with small pieces of foam or plastic wrap placed underneath the sugar paste; allow to dry overnight.

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Ste 7: To add fabric dimensions to the bow design, dry brush or mix with lemon extract a complimentary luster dust color (darker or lighter.) Add the pearls, brooch and heart locket.  Take a second to admire and sigh.

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The mediocre bow with a few no-fuss steps is a now a party pleasing ‘wow-zie’!

Note: If making the Gift Box Cake Top,  arrange the assembly of the Gift Box Cake Top Bow directly onto the box top.

How to Make a Fondant Heart Locket

Step 1: Roll out sugar paste. Place plastic wrap over the sugar paste and with the heart cutters, cut-out two (2) different size hearts. Using the Cake Boss Imprint Mat, press the impression onto the smallest heart.

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Step 2: Using a toothpick, ruffle the edges of the largest heart. Allow to dry for 10-minutes. On the center heart, cut-out initials with mini-fondant cutters. Add a dab of water to the center of the heart and adhere the smallest heart.

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Step 3: With a piping tip, make a hole the estimated size of the pearls; dry overnight. With the same heart cutter, the heart cut-out was made slightly larger; to raise the top. Smooth away frayed edges from the cut-outs.

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Step 4: Mix lemon extract and Gold Luster Dust. Paint the gold onto the smallest heart; allow to dry.

Step 5: Adhere the heart locket to the Gift Box Cake Top with a dab of water.

To angle the locket: lift-up one end of the locket by using plastic wrap. Allow to dry. Remove plastic wrap.

How to Make a Fondant Brooch

The color of fondant used in the brooch mold will determine the color of the stones. Individual stones can be achieved by pressing different colors of sugar paste into the impressions.

Step 1: Dust cornstarch into the mold. Turn the brooch mold face down and tap out the cornstarch to remove excess. Using a pre-colored fondant press the sugar paste into the mold. With a palette knife remove excess fondant. Place the brooch mold into the freezer for 10-minutes.

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Step 2: Stretch the sides to loosen the sugar paste. Turn the mold over and push the brooch to unmold. Allow the brooch to dry for an hour; arrange on the bow;  dry overnight on the center of the bow.

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Step 3: Using lemon extract, mix the two different metal colors – gold & silver – in seperate small bowls. Paint the metals on the brooch using a small brush.

Step 4: To give a sheen to the stones, paint with Pearl airbrush color.

How to Make a Strand of Sugar Pearls

Step 1: Dust cornstarch into the mold. Turn the pearl mold face down and tap out the cornstarch to remove excess. Using Wilton’s Gumpaste press the gumpaste into the mold. With a palette knife remove excess gumpaste. Place the pearl mold into the freezer for 10-minutes.

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Step 2: Carefully stretch the sides to loosen the gumpaste. Turn the mold over and starting from one end of the mold, unmold the pearls.

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Step 3: Arrange the pearls for the design. Allow the pearls to dry overnight.

Step 4: Using Pearl Airbrush Color paint the pearls with a small brush.

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Brenda Broadway, Sugar Artist & Blogger

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