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asked September 19th 2012

Heavy Sugar Model

OK..I have made a little but slightly heavy sugar model, turned out well as a design…but as a rank amateur it only occurred to me after it had mostly dried…”how do I stop it from tumbling on the cake”….any suggestions? Too late to put any kind of dowel in it (tried but it looked like it would crack). Could probably do smaller wires…but not sure these will be strong enough.

Ideas great appreciated…

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OK..I have made a little but slightly heavy sugar model, turned out well as a design…but as a rank amateur it only occurred to me after it had mostly dried…”how do I stop it from tumbling on the cake”….any suggestions? Too late to put any kind of dowel in it (tried but it looked like it would crack). Could probably do smaller wires…but not sure these will be strong enough.

Ideas great appreciated…

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You could attach with royal icing or a paste made by mashing some sugarpaste with a little boiled water to a similar consistency.
Jx

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Cooled, boiled water is good, to mix with small pieces of sugar paste, just makes it easier to mix.
Only add a little water at a time, as u can add more but can’t take it out and would have to start again.

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Hi SJD

I made some bowling figures which were small but heavy and like you forgot to dowel them. I tried sticking them down with a paste made with sugarpaste, unfortunately it wasn’t strong enough as it just wouldn’t set and dry out properly. My man bowler (the heaviest) tumbled and dented the cake. I did have success however, with royal icing and wished I had done that in the first place. If your model is very small but heavy you may be able to get away with the sugarpaste method. Hope you can stick your model down ok.

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Thanks everyone, worked out fine. Used Royal Icing and they seemed to stay in place and stand tall! Will absolutely remember to dowel them next time though…just in case 😉

Thanks again, so helpful.

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Good to get feed back, thank you.x