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.
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".
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
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!
yep. cupcake dummies, just like cake dummies. I use them too!
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
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..