How to make fake cupcakes!


Whew, Christmas and boxing day are all done, so now I have time for my next big project!
I am starting with my daughters room. She is seven years old, and has decided that she would like a cupcake room, so I have been searching the Internet for the last two weeks looking for everything I can make that is cupcakes. I found quite a few places that were selling fake cupcakes, but it took me some time to figure out how to actually make them! Here is how my daughter and I made these delicious looking cupcakes….

The first step is to make the actual cake part, or base, which is made out of plaster of paris. We started by finding a cute paper muffin cup which matched our decor…black and pink! I used an old muffin pan, and some plastic cups to mix the plaster. We mixed about a cup of plaster at a time, in several batches. I figured this would probably take more time, but be less messy(this considering the “help” I had from my daughter! The instructions say to use two parts of plaster with one part of water, but I ended up using a little more water.


At this point, I started to think that I didn’t want the plaster showing after I iced the cupcakes, so I let the plaster set for about an hour, then mixed up another batch of plaster and mixed it with some brown water based paint. I poured the brown plaster into a baggie, clipped off the corner, ad squeezed out a thin layer of the brown plaster on top of the white, but it turns out that the plaster underneath it didn’t really show anyways, so if I were to do this again, I probably wouldn’t bother with this step…

We then let them dry for two an a half days. If you feel the plaster and it is cold, it is still curing. It is best not to rush it at this stage. Be patient. We put them on top of a vent to dry.
After a couple of days, we were ready to ice! I used an old bowl, a paint stir stick, some tempera or acrylic paint, and an old piping bag and tip, and some drywall patching compound I had left over from the basement.
We mixed the drywall compound or spackle together in a bowl, tried putting it in the piping bag, but it was way too thick. I made a huge mess and had to empty the bag, wash it and remix. I had to add quite of bit of water to make it thin enough to be piped.

I found out the more “icing” you put on, the better the cupcake looks. I tried experimenting with different patterns, but I ended up icing them all in a simple swirl pattern. By the time I finished the twelfth one, I had the hang of it!


Decorating the cupcakes was the most fun step for my daughter. We used small christmas ornaments for the cherries on top and various beads for the sprinkles. I lightly tapped the beds to make sure they will not fall off. I think they turned out great!



At this point, you could add a loop of wire if you wanted to use them as picture, or place card holders…I think they would be too heavy to hang. Also, after they dry, I am going to spray them with a quick coat of varnish to seal them.
Let me know if you try this idea, I would love to hear your feedback!

29 responses »

  1. Love your cupcakes. They look yummy. What a great idea! Your daughter must have loved decorating them.
    My only concern is using plaster of paris, which might be hazardous to health. You may want to use modelling clay…


  2. how did the frosting not become hard right away. i couldn’t make the same consistency for mine because it hardens even before i could squeeze it. TIA


    • As I remember, I had to thin it with water. I kept adding until it was runny enough to go through the bag. I do remember my hands cramping up because I had to squeeze so hard…let me know how it goes.


      • Yes, I just read through the post again, and I did say that I had to add quite a bit of water. I can tell by the pictures even that it was tough to pipe! But, as you can see by the final product, it was worth it!


  3. I tried the same technique without adding water for the frosting.. Unfortunately all my cupcakes that I frosted, the frosting cracked if you will while it was drying!! Do u know how I can avoid this??


    • Thank you. They have lasted pretty well too. I made them probably a year and a half ago, and they are still looking good…I do need to glue the cupcake liners on though. After time, they have come off and the cupcakes are now just sitting in the liners.


  4. Try silicone caulking for the ‘frosting’ it has to be the pure stuff, you use just a dab of paint for color or powdered pigment, and you can add scents to it using candle scents.


      • Next time try DAP FAST DRY ACRYLIC LATEX CAULK PLUS SILICONE (WHITE). I bought a couple of 5.5 oz tubes from Wal-Mart at a little over $2./tube. It says you can paint it in 20 minutes. So I’m sure you cld just empty the tube into a bowl & color it ahead of time & it’s thin enough to put in a pastry bag for icing. I used it for “snow” & “icing” on a Gingerbread House Birdhouse. I just piped it on right out of the tube.
        *Note: as for your faux cupcakes, to make lighter in weight you cld use a pc of styrofoam for the cake part. But I’ve also seen where they use the caulk/silicone foam for the cake part as well as the icing. You just have to allow a little extra room for the expanding.
        Hope this helps 😉

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  11. Awesome job! Did the varnish alter the spackle in any way? I wanted to add the sealer I use on paintings but I am scared that it will contrast with the spackle and ruin it. Any suggestions? Thanks!


    • I just did a really light coat of varnish, because I was worried about the same thing, I didn’t want to change the look. So I actually used a spray paint varnish.
      Could you test your sealer on a sample “blob” of extra plaster, or on a corner that might not show?
      Good luck!


      • Thanks! I will do that. I have another question if you don’t mind cause I am having trouble finding anything useful on the web. Would you know how to make fake cookie crumbs? I wanted to crumb cite a cake and can’t find anything, I also can’t find anything that I can buy that seems close enough. I appreciate any suggestion. Have a great day!


  12. Thanks for your comment. Sorry for the delay in responding, i couldnt think of anything. But, i was thinking, could you use sponge? I have seen fake slices of cake made of sponges, i wonder if you could crumble the sponge to make crumbs? Hope that helps!


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