Any Ideas For Dummy Cupcakes?

Baking By Limpy Updated 30 Jan 2011 , 8:20pm by chilz822

Limpy Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:33pm
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So I want to showcase my cupcakes in a display & thought about dummy cupcakes. Any ideas as to how I would do this? I know that maybe fondant would last for quite a while, but what would I use for the cupcake itself?
I know that with all the talent on CC, someone will have the answer to this question.

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Jennifer1970 Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:42pm
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They sell "cupcake dummies" made out of foam. I've seen them on a few websites, here's one of them:

If you want to comparison shop, just google "cupcake dummies".

Evoir Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:44pm
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I am a scratch baker, but I needed to make some fake cuppies for a bridal show last year.

What I did was bake a batch of generic vanilla packet mix cupcakes, and frosted with a buttercream base shortening/icing sugar frosting. The combination worked perfectly. In fact, just out of interest I have had one fake cupcake sitting in an acetate box on display in my cake room and it looks exactly the same as the day I made it. Packet/box mixes are more duarble than scratch cupcakes, and the 'fake' frosting (I mean - usually I would use a ganache/buttercream mix, pure buttercream, or an MBC). There is a photo of the cupcake in the box in my photos. AFter 12 months it looks exactly the same as it did then!

HTH to save you some $$ on expensive cupcake dummies icon_smile.gif

Evoir Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:47pm
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Here's the pic reference for my "fakes":

Dayti Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:49pm
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But until now for displays I just make a regular cake recipe, leave out unessentials like vanilla, and frost as usual (again, sans vanilla). They go hard, but not mouldy. I have some in my bakery from back in October. They would hurt your foot if one fell on it, hard as a stone, but look fresh!

leah_s Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 11:51pm
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yep. cupcake dummies, just like cake dummies. I use them too!

icer101 Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 12:09am
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you can take the round styrofoam balls at michales and cut them in half .That works good also. Use r/i or fondant for icing and deco's

chilz822 Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 8:20pm
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I'm in the process of making plaster dummies with interchangable tops for diplays (and desktop paperweights/photo holders.. I haven't made it to the 'frosting' stage yet, that will be later this week, but here's my progression photos so far..!/album.php?aid=56986&id=112428108774716

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