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This is a guide about making a faux cake. Faux pastries and other foods are generally used for display purposes.
This guide contains faux wedding cake ideas. Faux cakes make great displays or partial substitutes for the real thing.
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How do I make my cheesecake for a display? They will be outside at a farmer's market, so heat and cold will be a factor. I don't want them to dry out and I need them to be the exact dimensions of my different sizes. I want them to look "real".
The first thing that occurs to me is to use styrofoam and paint it the appropriate cheesecake colour
If you are actualy wanting to make a real cheesecake that won't rot or go bad in the elements, I'm not sure that's possible. Here are places you can buy fake food though https://www.dis … cake-12p2827.htm
also this article might be of interest "How do I make fake food props? The props department is frequently called upon to make all manner of food and food replicas for the stage. When food needs to be eaten by the actors, the props director is in charge of making the food every night, either for real, or by figuring out a subsitute. If the food is not eaten, the props director has more latitude in choosing what to do, usually making the food out of a material that will last the run of the show. This article is about the latter type, where we make inedible but realistic fake food."
Does anyone know how to make fake food? My husband is restoring an old car and I wanted to surprise him with one of those trays that hang on the side with the food on it or even the spilled fake food.
Audrie from PA
I believe this is what you are looking for.....
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I am trying to tint resin to pour into coffee cups that will look like real coffee. So far I have not found the perfect combination or dye. Does anyone know what to use?
By Christy from Tri Cities, WA
Coffee-brew yourself a cup and use some to tint the resin. I did tea that way, coffee should work the same way.
Be sure to let the coffee cool so that it doesn't act as a catalyst too early in the process (lol, ask me how I learned that one!).
Does anyone know where I can find recipes for making fake fruits, pies, candy, and more? I am having trouble finding this. I would love to make these for my family.
By Dee H.
Try RecipeLion.com. In search box for example put "Faux Fruit Leather" or "Mock Apple Pie" etc. I have seen recipes like this on there. Also there is Mr.Food.com and FavHealthyRecipes.com. Good Luck. I hope you find what you are looking for. : )
I googled it and found hundreds. Just click in images and pick the food you want to recreate. Good Luck
Does anyone know how to make those fake cakes? It looks like the frosting is made of plaster of Paris.
By GrandmaV from SF Bay Area
You can make them easily with styrofoam and Royal Icing. The icing gets rock hard and will last indefinitely, as long as it's not exposed to humidity.
Polymer clay makes the prettiest candies you've ever seen and most definitely very life like! I made some years ago and everyone that came into my home would try to eat them. lol I can't tell you how many have reached and popped them into their mouths before I could stop them. They look exactly like the old fashioned hard Christmas candies. You can make them any colors you want and any shape you want and they last forever!
I want to make a fake wedding cake for displays. Any ideas?
Diana from South Carolina
this is adorable..you can use the large towel at the bottom and go from there...cause 12 hand towels, etc. there's got to be a better way, lol
If you go to a craft store that carries Wilton products, they sometimes also carry styrofoam "cakes" in all shapes and sizes. The styrofoam is more like the kind they used to make coolers with - not so porous. I found this out the hard way, when I was asked to make a display wedding cake, and bought styrofoam circles from Michael's and had to glue numerous ones together to make a full layer. In all, I used about 12 pieces, in 3 sizes, when I could have bought 3 pieces in the heights I needed. Live and learn! I did mine in Royal Icing, which hardened almost immediately, so work quick, but to this day, the hotel is still using that cake! they keep it refrigerated to be safe, but it has stood up beautifully. Good luck!
How do I make faux champagne for a prop?
By Bridgette from Virginia Beach
Resin is probably the best choice, very lightly tinted with yellow dye (go to the your local craft store and ask them about resin).
Why not use Sparkling grape juice of sparkling cider? They are non-alcoholic and in a bottle that resembles a champagne bottle.
When making a miniature cream pie (artificial), how do you lighten up the caulk that is used for the topping? I would like it to be a little bit fluffier. I'm making miniature ones with filo clay, no hole beads and need a light fluffy topping to look like meringue.
By Doris from Moline, IL
I am wondering about the caulk too. Caulk. As I know it, is for fixing things like cracks.
I need to clarify my "mini" cream pies. I'm making miniature ones with filo clay, no hole beads and need a light fluffy topping to look like meringue.
Editor's Note: I added this comment to the main post so you will get more appropriate answers. I was confused too :)
How do you make fake cakes?
By Catbalu from Anna, IL
What kind of fake cakes are you talking about? If you want a felt cake you can find them here http://www.youc … codea=1039361854 under the crafts section plus a lot of other recipes for fake food.
I used to work in a bakery with my sister and we always used styrofoam. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and they can be cut for what you need if you are making odd shapes. We made an icing with just powdered sugar and shortening since no one will be eating it there is no need for the butter or flavoring but you can color it. Fake crumbs you can crumble cookies or crackers and we used fake flowers sometimes. Hope this helps
If making a fake strawberry pie, with no top crust, how do I make the fake gel?
I'm thinking that colored glue might work for the gel. Just add food coloring to any glue that dries clear. You might need quite a bit so I would go to multiple bottles from a dollar store. Now paste food coloring might give u a better color, but is more expensive. You could also try poster paint in powder form. Mix it slowly until u get color you want. You might need to work fast or it may take awhile to get solid as the layer would quite thick I would think.You could always make or buy a styro circle that fits in the pie shell and just do a medium thick layer of the gel. Hope this helps.
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I would like a recipe to make fake foods especially the faux coffee and wine that you see in model homes.
Kelley from Colorado Springs
For the coffee, mix flour and glue and pour them in a coffee cup. After it dries, paint the surface brown. You can also use puffy paint to add cream after it dries. For the wine, just use the glue. It may take a while, but it will look great. Put red food coloring in the glue, and mix it in. When the glue is partially dry, you can even put in a fake fruit to "flavor the wine". When the entire thing dries, you can color the top with a red Sharpie. For a finishing touch, get a fake lemon slice from a store and hang it on the rim of the glass! (11/22/2008)
Does anyone know how to make fake cupcakes, candy and cake slices? Also how is the frosting made? Thanks.
Honeybunny from IL
We buy the fake cupcakes from this site. They have the best prices so far.
Bill and Jane (11/16/2008)
How about making a foam base, and covering with a tinted plaster of Paris mixture? Otherwise, you could use modeling clay for the icing and decorations. If you add a slight glaze over the top, it will look glossy and edible. (01/15/2009)
By Cathy from Townsville, QLD
Could you use sawdust as crumbs? (03/26/2007)
The fruit can be made with polymer clay (sculpy) and the sauce is a resin or gloss for the baked clay. Your local craft store should have some. There are lots of great sites on how to work with PC out there. (03/28/2007)
Use Marzipan, most of the time you can find them already shaped as colorful fruit. Hey, by the way, want to share your fake cake recipe? I'm trying to figure a way to make small faux candy squares decorated with frosting, etc. I have a small table with a coffee pot, faux coffee in a cup and would like to have a few faux desserts sitting with it. I tried finding how this is done without much success. Thanks.
kswaingerard AT unmc.edu (09/10/2007)
I would love to know what the cookies and sauces are made from. Got the Styrofoam and icing, but I need something for the crust and filling. Any help will be appreciated. (09/13/2007)