Step 5: Now for the frosting

Protect your area: put newspapers down! (this step is also messy) You will probably also want to wear old clothes, although gloves aren't neccesary in this step. Get all your materials set out before you begin because you will want to move quickly: bowl, spoon, spackle (and maybe a screwdriver to get it open with!), pastry bag (here I am using a nifty plastic pastry thingy, which broke halfway through and I moved back to the bag), acrylic paints, and pastry tip, along with your cakes and toppings and wire things. To make the frosting, put a dollop of lightweight spackle in your bowl and add a bit of acrylic paint to tint it (unless you want plain white frosting...) To make a delicious buttercream, add just a bit of yellow. Then, mix it up with your eggbeater until everything is well combined and it looks like frosting. then, spoon some into your pastry bag with tip attached and start squeezing it out on your cupcakes...you will probably want to experiment a little first. This mixture behaves a lot like frosting except it is frothier so it is fairly easy to work with. After putting frosting on, add your topping of choice and stick your metal hanger or card holder in the top (don't worry-the spackle is pretty hard when it dries!)
I apologize for not taking very many pictures at this step...I had to move fast and by the time I was done I was covered in fake frosting!
i made cupcakes! yay. hope you guys enjoy. the sprinkles i just used beads from Joannes crafts. let me know what you think! :)
these look amazing! where did you get the cupcake papers big enough to fit the cupcake??
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!
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.<br>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. <br>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. <br>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. <br>I might try peeling these ones out of their paper cups and gluing them into new cups...who knows.<br>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. <br>It's really hard finding information on these online, other people must have come across these problems before?<br>My house temperature isn't wonky; so it's nothing like that. <br>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. <br>If I get anywhere with mine I will post my method here :)<br>Cheers! -Jen
Maybe you could try something like espak soft by prochima or alumilite flex foam instead of spray foam it might be easier but I would recommend that you put them in silicone cups then when they dry put them in paper cups but it's totally optional
<p>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 &quot;frosting.&quot; Any ideas? Thanks thanks!</p>
You could try silicone
<p>try shaping the 'frosting' out of model magic in a little swirl and glue it on?</p>
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. :)
<p>These are so cute and im in the process of making them now! Plus I was able to use the frosting idea (which is fab) to decorate some shoes to look like cake! Thanks a ton!</p>
<p>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. </p><p>thanks</p><p>Martha Lofton</p>
<p>one can of foam made 62 cupcakes for me</p>
<p>I need to make a fake birthday cake for a musical. This will be perfect! Thanks!!</p>
<p>My daughter bought one of these at Bronners, now we will make our own. They are soo cool</p>
<p>how long does these cupcake ornaments last? years or one or more years? </p>
<p>Love It!</p>
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 &quot;May these cupcakes last as long as our union.&quot; I feel these could also be easily scented with some essential oils or something, but then they would be that much more tempting!
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!
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.... <br>:P
They're really simple, especially with a peanut butter cup mold for the bottoms.
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!
hello.. are you selling these faux cupcakes??
I am teaching about stage props in a creative dramatics class and wondered about the approximate cost per cupcake.
Wow! You make a new meaning to make your dreams come true!:) I think that's awesome! But imagine if you did eat them! You would have to hire at least 3 different <a href="http://www.needaplumbercanada.ca/en/about_us.html" rel="nofollow">plumbing companies in Calgary</a> to get rid of that mess! Thanks for your post!
Those are sooo cute! What a cool idea.
I've wanted to do this too!!! I'm so excited you posted all the instruction, thanks so much!
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 <br>
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.
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: <br>myself-&quot;Sir, would you tell me where the expansion foam and drywall spackle are?&quot; <br>employee-(looking a little impressed) &quot;they are on this aisle..so, what kind of expansion foam do you need?&quot; <br>myself-&quot;Um, well, I'm not quite sure..&quot; <br>employee-&quot;Well, what are you doing to be doing with it?&quot; <br>myself'-&quot;Oh, I'm making fake cupcakes!&quot; <br>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... <br>
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...
I know! Even in an art shop I got strange looks: <br> <br>Me: (hands the saleswoman coloured felt) These please. <br>Woman: Good choice. What are you making? <br>Me: Donuts :D <br>Woman: Oh. (frowns)
You can make a really convincing icing by mixing Type I silicone caulk with corn starch (search Instructables for the &quot;Oogoo&quot; 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. <br> <br>Looks like icing but feels like rubber. <br>
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.
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.
Huh, that's strange...is it really humid where you live? Or maybe you didn't let the expansion foam dry completely before &quot;frosting&quot; it with the spackle and the spackle weighed it down and made it sink? Could you elaborate on &quot;sunk in&quot;? 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?
I know this is late in the game, but you may have used the soft expanding foam designed to be flexible after drying. It makes it safe for doors and windows, but is crummy for cupcakes I would guess.
Nope, if you get the expansion foam meant for simply filing in, it dries stiff but lightweight and makes very realistic cupcakes. :)

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