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Sweet Art: A Tutorial on How To Make Fake Cupcakes

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Whether you're taking these to the streets as part of a sweet art installation or just want to decorate a room, these cupcakes are not delicious, but they sure are sweet. Keep in mind that this is more of a field guide; feel free to make alterations to suit them to your fancy.

Here's how we made ours:

You will need:

  • Plaster of Paris (available at most hardware stores or Target-type places with a hardware or home section)
  • Water
  • Paint to dye the plaster (we used crafter acrylic paint--the type that is less thick)
  • Cupcake cups (we used the silicone kind, but the paper kind work as well)

Making Fake CakesMaking Fake Cakes
For the cake part: Mix plaster and water (usually 1 part each, but adjust to a pourable but thick consistency). You can mix up whatever quantity you'd like; generally we will do about 3-4 cups' worth at a time; with 4 ounce cupcake-cups, this will make about 8 or so cupcakes. Add a small bit of water-soluble paint (like a watery acrylic or gouache) in the color that you want the bottom part to be, and mix until the color is to the point you like it. Pour into the cups til they level off at the top.


Making Fake CakesFake Cakes

Let these dry for an hour or so. It's ok to move on when they are hard, even if they are still slightly clammy to the touch.


Making Fake FrostingFake Cakes
For the frosting: Do the same plaster mix, but with whatever color you'd like for the frosting (we like pink best--so red paint). You can do slightly less, maybe 2/3 the amount that you used for the cake. Make this "batter" a little bit thicker though (by adding a little more plaster) so that it won't drip off of the sides when applied.
Fake Cupcakes
Using a spoon, gently put a spoonful on top of each cupcake, adding another spoonful to get a gentle "tiered" effect on the frosting, which will kind of melt into a pleasing cupcake frosting-y shape.

Sweet Sentiments
Optional for if you'd like to add messages: While still wet, insert toothpicks into center of frosting so that it will dry with the toothpick in. You can have the flags attached now or attach them later.

Let them set overnight or until they're hard and dry.

Now you're ready to place them on the street--or maybe just give them to friends--but whereever they end up, they're bound to make the world a little sweeter!


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Reader Comments (13)

I just love this idea! I think the girls and I will make these goodies and head downtown for some fun! ~Kelly

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March 18 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

i love yours cupcakes!

March 18 | Unregistered Commenterasiejka ♥

Might need a cute face, though : )

March 18 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

These are too cute Jessie!! I may have to get in on the fun...

March 18 | Unregistered CommenterVegan_Noodle

I just LOVE these!!! How I wish I lived near enough to find one! :)

March 18 | Unregistered CommenterBridget

i'm definitely going to be doing this. thanks for sharing!


March 18 | Unregistered Commenterk8lynr

Such a great idea and a perfect way to totally make anyone's day. You're just as sweet on the inside as one of those cupcakes.

March 19 | Unregistered CommenterAnne-Marie

these are super cute!

March 19 | Unregistered CommenterTokyoBunnie

That looks so yummy! I wish they were real cupcakes! I LOVE YOUR characters!

March 22 | Unregistered CommenterCat

This is awesome. Finally, a cupcake recipe that won't interfere with my weight loss goals! BTW, congratulations for making it to Gourmet's favorite sites! I guess you and Gourmet are like BFF now?

March 22 | Unregistered CommenterScott

They're absolutely adorable!! Thanks for the instructions!

March 22 | Unregistered Commenterjulie hasson

Kelly: Hope you do, it is a lot of fun!

Asiejka: Thank you!

Vegan Noodle: Thank you! Bet you'd make cute ones.

Julie: I was thinking they might need that.

Bridget: Make some in your town!!

k8: Hope you do! Let us know how it goes!

Ann-Marie: you're sweet. I wish some were in B-ham so you could find one!

Tokyo: Thanks!! As an arbiter of cute, it means a lot coming from you!

Cat: Ha! Well, they're sweet but not delicious!

Scott: thanks dude! Though as I recall you don't need to lose any weight, unless you're training for marathon cake tastings. Thanks for the sweet words on the Gourmet site. We're totes BFFs now, well in my mind anyway!! Next step they'll be inviting me to live in their offices and be their go-to dessert taster, I'm sure of it.

Julie: thanks! Hope you enjoy!

March 22 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

great delicious foods, i want to eat it. great ice cream...

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