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Sunday, March 22, 2009

How to Fake Cupcakes

This tutorial was posted on my .mac account which I've allowed to expire so, I'm re-posting it here. Enjoy and please let me know if I need to clarify anything.

You will need…

• an old muffin pan
• cupcake liners
• plaster of paris
• toothpicks
• 3-inch styrofoam balls
• hot glue
• paper clay
• sand paper
• acrylic paint in desired cake and frosting colors
• lightweight spackling for frosting (1 1/2 - 2 cups per color)
• disposable pastry bags
• # 1 M decorating tip
• cupcake toppers/decorations (optional)
  1. Put cupcake liners in pan. Mix plaster of paris following directions on box (I mixed 3 cups plaster with 1 1/2 cups water and had enough for 7 cupcakes). Fill lined cupcake pan with mixed plaster of paris. As plaster sets, place a toothpick in the middle.
  2. Cut 3" styrofoam ball in half
  3. Pierce the center of the ball with the toothpick you inserted in the base.
    Take the ball off the toothpick and squirt hot glue in the hole created by the toothpick. Put the ball back on the toothpick/bottom.
  4. Cover the stryofoam with a thin & smooth coat of Paperclay. Allow the clay to dry thoroughly.
  5. Sand
  6. Paint dark brown or desired color
  7. Put about 1 1/2 cups of spackling in a bowl and add acrylic paint to make it the desired color.
  8. Stir
  9. Place spackling in a disposable pastry bag and pipe on cupcake as desired (I used a # 1M tip and spiraled the icing on starting on the outside and working my way in). WASH BOWL, SPOON, DECORATING TIP, ETC. IMMEDIATELY!!
  10. Adorn cupcake as desired and allow to dry


Anonymous said...

Tee hee. Love those!

Celestial Charms said...

I can't wait to try that. Thanks for taking the time to post the instructions. Lovely.

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Lori said...

Oh thank you Emily so very much! I'll have to be off to Menard's this weekend! I'll make sure to let you know when I post the results! Thanks for being so sweet! Lori

momof2gr8kidz! said...

well those are LOW calorie.. huh?? and they looked yummy..

momof2gr8kidz! said...

yes.. YOU should move south.. although rainny dreadfull gloomy weather today.

Hazel said...

So creative and ever so realistic looking, thanks for sharing this tutorial with us :)

Rhonda said...

WOW!!! I love this! I have to make these soon.

Rhonda said...

O.K. I am back. On my blog, I feature special AWESOME and AMAZING every Tuesday and call it Terrific Tuesday. I would love to feature you and your blog next week. I will contact you thru flickr. I just love this Fake Cupcake, IT IS BRILLIANT

Pamela said...

OOOOOH, thank you. What a great idea and tutorial. I love it, plan to run out and get the supplies tomorrow! Thanks

Amanda said...

This is exactly what I've been looking for! Thanks so much for posting this, I can't wait to try it!!! I'm linking to this on the BIP blog as we speak...

GĂ„rdsfrun said...

Wow i hope i can do this fake cupcakes!!!

// Lotta

Ezekielle said...

I'm so impressed, it's so cute !

I'm french, I live in paris. I would like to know if I can buy materials in France like the Plaster of Paris (it doesn't exists here) and the lighweightspackling. Do you know the names in french ?

Your cupcakes are gorgeous !

The Red Fox said...

hello there! I just let the cupcakes set/dry and about to do the frosting in the next couple of days. Would it still work/achieve the same effect and coloring if I paint over the spackle (since I plan on using several colors over different cupcakes) after it dries instead of mixing it and the paint together? Your tutorial is amazing, and the PERFECT gift!

Wati @Shida Abdul Rahman said...

Hi Emily.I loved your artwork and your colourful blog.May i know, what did you use for the heart fancy cookies or chocolate?

Thank You so much!


Anonymous said...

Hmm...These look good enough to eat! What're the sprinkles made of?

Momma bear said...

how did you get them to dry without cracking?

Anonymous said...

I'm so dissapointed! I bought a Faux Cupcake tutorial today on Etsy. And when I opened the email attachement that was sent to me, I was surprised to see this exact same tutorial.

The Crafty Elephant said...

How do you keep the plaster from soaking through the paper liners?

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial. Will try it this weekend! By the way,can this recipe be used as alternative for fondant, as well? Planning to make a dummy fondant cake for display, and I really wanna make something that won't attract tons of ants '-__-

Anonymous said...

What are all the different kinds of little sprinkles made out of?

Tammy Hanlon

Aline said...

Thank you. I will try it.

silvia aline said...

hola disculpa no se como encontrar el spackling en mexico sabras algun nombre comercial

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