I have a good news/bad news story to share today. The good news – my favorite cupcake shop is opening a store just one short mile from my house. The bad news – my favorite cupcake shop is opening up a store just a mile from my house. Yikes, this sweet news could be very, very bad, indeed. So, to curb the craving, I’m sharing beautiful, No-Cal Cupcakes you make, not bake. These faux cupcakes may look good enough to eat, but I guarantee that these little pretties taste terrible!
To make No-Cal Cupcakes, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Small cupcakes: 4” ball and 6” x 3” cone
- Large cupcake: 6” ball and 9” x 4” cone
- Lightweight, drywall spackling
- Food coloring
- Scrapbook papers, assorted
- Embellishments: Ribbons, brads, buttons, pretty papers, etc.
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; disposable bowl; plastic spoon and fork; putty knife; optional: nail file, paper crimper, toothpicks
To make No-Cal Cupcakes:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with an old candle or a bar of soap. Cut in half the foam ball, which yields two cupcake tops. Cut the cone in half; the lower, wider half serves as the base for the cupcake.
2. Place the ½ ball on the wide end of the cut cone and check the fit. If the two pieces do not fit perfectly, roll on a tabletop to compress, or sand the edges with a scrap of STYROFOAM Brand Foam or a nail file.
3. To prepare the frosting, place about ½ cup of spackling in a disposable bowl. Add one tiny drop of food coloring and mix well (start with a very small amount of food coloring; you can always add more, but you can’t take it away). Add more food coloring and/or spackling till desired color is achieved.
4. Insert a plastic fork into the cut side of the half ball and use it as a handle while “frosting” the top. Frost the half ball with the tinted spackling and a putty knife. Let dry overnight. (Caution: While drying, please keep the frosted half balls out of the reach of very small children. The frosting looks so real, children might be tempted to taste them.)
5. Decorate the cone portion to look like a cupcake. Wrap the half cone in patterned paper, trim to fit and glue in place. Optional: To imitate paper cupcake holders, use the paper crimper first.
6. Glue together the cupcake top and base. Optional: Insert a toothpick between the two halves first for a stronger hold.
You might want to check out the recipe for these cute Ruffled Felt Cupcakes, too. I think kids would have fun both of these projects, don’t you?
For a even more cupcake fun, how about this Cupcake Bulletin Board.
Don’t forget the Cupcake Pencil Holder, too.
For a really special Valentine’s Day gift, how about a Cupcake Bouquet? Sound yummy? Check out these Cupcake Bouquet tutorials.
Can you ever have enough cupcakes in your life? Do you have a favorite cupcake shop? Or a favorite cupcake flavor? Indulge me!
Happy crafting. Sharon
P.S. You didn’t really think I’d miss the grand opening, did you?