Forever Beautiful DIY Fake Cupcakes

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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

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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:

  1. Prepare your plaster according to the package instructions. Fill your cupcake liner or cup with it. Allow it to set per package instructions.
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  2. 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).
    Easy DIY Faux Cupcakes! They look like the real thing, but will last forever! Great for ornaments, decorations, or photo props! | Saynotsweetane.com | #diy #prop #decor #cute
  3. Open your spackle and add a bit of acrylic paint. Mix it well until the color is even. Spoon into a disposable piping bag.
    Easy DIY Faux Cupcakes! They look like the real thing, but will last forever! Great for ornaments, decorations, or photo props! | Saynotsweetane.com | #diy #prop #decor #cute Easy DIY Faux Cupcakes! They look like the real thing, but will last forever! Great for ornaments, decorations, or photo props! | Saynotsweetane.com | #diy #prop #decor #cute
  4. 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!
    Easy DIY Faux Cupcakes! They look like the real thing, but will last forever! Great for ornaments, decorations, or photo props! | Saynotsweetane.com | #diy #prop #decor #cute
  5. Add sprinkles while the spackle is wet. You might have to kinda throw them at the cupcake to get them to stick.
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  6. 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!

 

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17 thoughts on “Forever Beautiful DIY Fake Cupcakes

  1. Just wanted to know if you use real cake decorating–(Sprinkles, Pearls) whatever you would be on a real cupcake? If so it seems like it would eventually go bad or melt. Is it best to use faux decorations? ( By the way–your cupcakes are adorable !!!)

    1. I decorated with just regular sprinkles. These are essentially royal frosting, and that has been u sed for faux cakes and decorations for he span of years without any sort of deterioration. The main problem I think would be mold if the faux cupcakes were to be exposed to moisture.

  2. really really cute, im making these for mothers day. im having a hard time finding the right size foamballs locally, could i make the dome out of plaster? would the spackle compound adhere to the plaster?

    1. Hey Martha! Yeah, I think you could make the dome out of plaster, but it would be tricky to mold that shape. I hope it works out!

  3. I’m an art teacher and when we study Wayne Theibaud my students make fake cakes. The recipe I used for the icing is a homemade puffy paint and it begins to flake over time but it’s easy for the students to pipe. Your solution looks far superior I do wonder about a few things. Should you know how long will the spackle stay soft and workable? Was it hard to pipe? Could it be thinned slightly and still keep its durability?

    1. Hey Mychelle!

      The spackle works pretty well, and different types would yield different results. I used the lightweight type. I think if you got the regular type it is heavier and wetter, and would stay wet longer. Additionally, the lightweight type did have a lot of air pockets which piped out as cracks in the piping.

      All in all, I think it could definitely work for you – maybe experiment in mixing lightweight with regular type.

      I’ve had mine for years and they look easily as good now as they did when I made them. No chipping!

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