So, I’ve been working on this basement ice cream shop for a while now. And while I’ve used candy as a decoration in the past, I’d like some sort of baked good under glass for a table center. The trouble is, cupcakes don’t last. Or do they?
I’m not entirely sure where I first hear of piping light weight spackle. But since then I’ve had this fake cupcakes idea in my head. So, I went ahead and did it. I am so glad I did! These look so real, and they are NEVER going to go bad! I’ve got them in the room and I can’t help but squee at how cute they are in the space. =D
What You Need:
- Plaster of Paris
- Cupcake liners/cups
- Acrylic paint to tint the “frosting”
- Light weight spackle compound
- Foam spheres (for the dome shape of the cupcake)
- Sprinkles (optional)
- Piping bag and tip
How To Make It:
- Prepare your plaster according to the package instructions. Fill your cupcake liner or cup with it. Allow it to set per package instructions.
- Cut a peice off the foam sphere to make a dome to the cupcake. This will help your frosting look more real, and fill in the shape better. Glue the foam to the plaster with a water based glue (some glue melts foam).
- Open your spackle and add a bit of acrylic paint. Mix it well until the color is even. Spoon into a disposable piping bag.
- Pipe the spackle just like frosting. It isn’t quite as viscous, so curly tops and spikes aren’t really possible. But with some practice it can definitely look like frosting!
- Add sprinkles while the spackle is wet. You might have to kinda throw them at the cupcake to get them to stick.
- That’s it! Experiment with different colors, liners, etc. The plaster base is nice and heavy so these would make a great paper weight. I’m thinking about drilling a hole through one to hang it like an ornament for Christmas!