Step 1: Ingredients
-silicone cupcake liner (mine was mini size)
-glob of clay for cupcake base (I chose bright green)
-glob of clay for cupcake top/frosting (I chose light pink)
-mini globs of clay in various colors for sprinkles and a cherry
-mold/support for cupcake frosting (a tablespoon measuring spoon fit perfect over the silicone liner) that is oven safe up to curing temp.
-a bowl of water
-a knife or scissors
-any other favorite clay working tools
Step 2: The Base
Cut off any excess clay with the knife so that the top is smooth and beautiful. Pop that baby in the oven and cure according to the clay manufacturer's specifications.
If your base looks a little raggedy like mine did, you can use your knife to clean up the edges a bit.
Step 4: The Frosting
Put the measuring spoon on top of the cupcake base then gently peel the smashed glob of frosting clay off of your work surface and drape it (pretty, smooth side up) over the measuring spoon. The weight of the clay should help shape it over the spoon and give it that poofy frosting look.
Tuck the edges of the frosting under so that they form a bit of a seal with the liner. Don't tuck too tightly though because you want the frosting to overhang the liner and have a somewhat fluid look.
Step 5: A Cherry on Top
Plop that cherry on top and slightly smoosh it down so that it will stay on and be more cherry-shaped.
Poke a hole in the top with a toothpick and insert a thinly rolled piece of clay to act as the stem. I used green for the stem but I think black or red would have looked better.
Step 6: Sprinkle Time!!!
Now would be a good time to use that little bowl of water to wet your finger and smooth out any fingerprints you have on the cupcake frosting or cherry. I neglected to do so and have to suffer with fingerprints on mine which isn't a huge deal to me but smoothing would result in a much more polished end product.
Add the sprinkles to the cupcake, pressing firm enough to make sure they'll stay on, yet gentle enough not to smash them.
Put the decorated frosting in the oven and bake according the clay manufacturer's specifications.
Congratulations! You now have your very own and very sweet cupcake trinket box! Fill with small treasures and admire your work.