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No, you can't eat them. No, they do not contain anything edible. Why then?, you ask...let me explain
I had a dream that cupcakes were hanging from my ceiling (I know, I have very strange dreams) and decided I wanted to make it come true. The problem was...real cupcakes wouldn't last long and would be very gross and heavy. So I decided to make lightweight, fake ones.
Looking on the Internet for instructions was a pain in the butt because everyone had their "secret recipe" they weren't willing to share.
After a long and diligent search, I finally gleaned enough info to start...
so I am going to share all the instructions FOR FREE and to anyone who wants to see them!
You may republish this, you may sell fake cupcakes to your hearts desire, but I do not suggest eating them...
And what else can they be used for? They make great card holders! Just put a card with something along the lines of "Happy Birthday to one SWEET girl" or something cheesy like that. They make wonderful ornaments too, since they are incredibly lightweight. They can hold photos or business cards too...if you own a bakery or know someone who does, they can also be used in window displays. These do NOT contain any food ingredients, so they wont attract pests or animals, mold, rot, or deteriorate. They will last virtually forever.
Now isn't it refreshing to see artistic directions with no strings attached? I'd love too see your pics and hear your ideas too!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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You will need:

a small can of expansion foam (ask for it at your hardware store)
cupcake papers
newspaper
rubber gloves (you WILL want these!)
old clothes (I doubt they will look the same at the end if you're anything like me...)
muffin tin
mini muffin tin and papers (optional)
plastic bags
acrylic paint
sculpey or other polymer clay (optional)
fine glitter (optional)
a container of LIGHTWEIGHT spackle (a little goes a long ways..)
an electric mixer
a spoon
a bowl
pastry bag with star tip (big star tip!)
water-based varnish (optional)
paintbrushes
wire (at least 22 gauge...20 would be about perfect)

Now that you've gone to the hardware store...you're ready to start!
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milleyboo07 made it!5 years ago
i made cupcakes! yay. hope you guys enjoy. the sprinkles i just used beads from Joannes crafts. let me know what you think! :)
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these look amazing! where did you get the cupcake papers big enough to fit the cupcake??
shortone (author)  princeza14 years ago
so how big did they turn out? They look great! :)
looks so yumi! the beads look real. how did u make the frosting?
those look awesom from a distance. In the last shot you can tell they are beads but, stil FAABULOUS!

Okay, this is a really old post, but I'm hoping you're still answering questions!! I'm actually wondering if after all this time you might have found an option for frosting that doesn't dry as hard - in fact, dries kind of spongy and squishy like the expansion foam? I want to be able to display cupcake picks in these when they're done, and the picks need to be able to push through the "frosting." Any ideas? Thanks thanks!

I've seen some people using white silicone as frosting, I don't see why it wouldn't work, that stuff sticks to anything! You could use it straight out of the tube or you could put some into a small bag and colour it, I would think. Just an idea. :)
jen.hadley.3518 hours ago
I have been experimenting with these; and really don't feel there's enough info online about them. I've had a bunch of problems, but am determined to perfect it because I think they're really cute and something I could sell.
My first attempt was a total flop; I didn't spray the foam carefully and ended up with a messy cupcake top and the cups were way too full. My next attempt, my boyfriend helped me and they came out like perfect dome shapes cupcakes. A few days later though the bottoms were all scrunched in; and looked pretty bad. So for my last attempt, I added one larger sized washer to the bottoms of each cup, held in with about 3 tbsp of plaster of Paris mix. I figure this would not only help provide a weighted flat bottom so they don't topple over, but would also help prevent the foam from sucking in the bottoms when it finally dries. I let the plaster harden for a day, then carefully sprayed the foam, making sure I didn't over fill them.
They looked great for about a day, and I've just now gone back to them and instead of the bottoms sucking in, the sides have. The plaster and washer method did it's job, but the foam just chose to pull in the sides instead when it dried.
So, I'm about $50 into my experimenting with these things and figure I'm a long way away from producing a fake cupcake that will last for years, and one that looks like the ones I see in photos online.
I might try peeling these ones out of their paper cups and gluing them into new cups...who knows.
I like the look that the spray foam gives; it's very realistic. But it would be so much easier to just get some cheap styrofoam balls and go from there.
It's really hard finding information on these online, other people must have come across these problems before?
My house temperature isn't wonky; so it's nothing like that.
Anyway, to anyone wanting to make these GOOD LUCK, be prepared to have a bunch of batches fail miserably, it's really not as simple as some of these tutorials suggest.
If I get anywhere with mine I will post my method here :)
Cheers! -Jen
TBJKC1 month ago

I am going to make more when I get another can of spray foam and more Spackle. I made a mistake on not making the whole can. does anyone know how many cupcakes up can get out of a can of spray foam? will need a big tub of Spackle. only got 9 out of a small tub of Spackle. everyone loved them.

thanks

Martha Lofton

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TBJKC1 month ago

how long does these cupcake ornaments last? years or one or more years?

Minecrafter185 months ago

A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Minecrafter185 months ago

A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Minecrafter185 months ago

A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Minecrafter185 months ago

A-m-a-z-i-n-g!

Minecrafter185 months ago

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Cute!!!

Love It!

Bellie141 year ago
Great idea thank you for sharing this with the world!
I think these would make really cute wedding favors, like have them near the plates at the reception so everyone gets on, and have a little note that says "May these cupcakes last as long as our union." I feel these could also be easily scented with some essential oils or something, but then they would be that much more tempting!
Wynd3 years ago
I love these! I will be trying to make them super small to make into charms for earrings, necklaces, etc =D Thank you for sharing!
shortone (author)  Wynd3 years ago
You might try polymer clay for that, you can get a lot more detail on a small scale. :)
How would you do that? can you make a tutorial for that, because polymer clay dosnt rise....
:P
They're really simple, especially with a peanut butter cup mold for the bottoms.
bhumphrey11 year ago
Read many blogs on how this "stuff" doesn't work to make cake or cupcake dummies. Shenanigans! Works like a charm! Dries fast and very lightweight! Thanks for posting!
SlengTeoh1 year ago
hello.. are you selling these faux cupcakes??
dhbaldwin1 year ago
I am teaching about stage props in a creative dramatics class and wondered about the approximate cost per cupcake.
Renee!1 year ago
Those are sooo cute! What a cool idea.
poofrabbit2 years ago
I've wanted to do this too!!! I'm so excited you posted all the instruction, thanks so much!
malibini2 years ago
OH MY GOSH THIS IS SO COOL! Mad Hatter made a compact mirror with fake cupcakes but then took it down. Now I pretty much know how with this tutorial! Thanks! Do you have any tips for putting it on something, like a compact mirror??? :P
kellythrills made it!2 years ago
Awesome awesome, wicked steps to follow!! To make a giant cupcake I just used the expansion foam in an angel food cake tin. Then fan folded the paper to attach to the tin afterward.
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lakenbrooks2 years ago
These are great instructions, and my cupcakes turned out beautifully! I thought I would tell you the story of my trip to the hardware store in order to get supplies for the cupcakes:
myself-"Sir, would you tell me where the expansion foam and drywall spackle are?"
employee-(looking a little impressed) "they are on this aisle..so, what kind of expansion foam do you need?"
myself-"Um, well, I'm not quite sure.."
employee-"Well, what are you doing to be doing with it?"
myself'-"Oh, I'm making fake cupcakes!"
employee-(impressed look fades and is replaced by a look of slight horror)
I had almost the same look but I didn't tell them fake cupcakes...
shortone (author)  lakenbrooks2 years ago
This happens just about every time I go to the hardware store haha. You'd think they would get used to the strange requests, being so close to an art college...
HMice shortone2 years ago
I know! Even in an art shop I got strange looks:

Me: (hands the saleswoman coloured felt) These please.
Woman: Good choice. What are you making?
Me: Donuts :D
Woman: Oh. (frowns)
gtoal2 years ago
You can make a really convincing icing by mixing Type I silicone caulk with corn starch (search Instructables for the "Oogoo" post) died with acrylic paint. You can make it shiny by rubbing a little soft soap on your hands then polishing the mixture between your palms once it gets past the gooey stage.

Looks like icing but feels like rubber.
I made cupcakes like this several years ago for a visual display in a retail environment. I used royal icing for the icing and I can say that 4 yrs later the icing is still going strong. It does get very hard and will crack and break off if mishandled but a retail setting is a pretty good place to try somethings abillity to withstand abuse. People are not considerate of things that don't belong to them. Oh also, I did spray a light coat of shellac on them to make them shiny.
cms364514 years ago
I made mine and in about 2 days they had sunk in. I used the exact things you used and did it step by step. I can't figure out why this happened.
shortone (author)  cms364514 years ago
Huh, that's strange...is it really humid where you live? Or maybe you didn't let the expansion foam dry completely before "frosting" it with the spackle and the spackle weighed it down and made it sink? Could you elaborate on "sunk in"? How did it sink in?
Some of mine also sunk in. It is because more air got into if then the foam. You have to shake the can a few times through out the process to make sure your not just shooting air into it.. The big pink one I did sunk a bit from the time the picture was taken but it still looks great. Hope this helps
what did you use for paper cup with large cupcake?
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