I am opening a store front next month and I have been putting fake cakes in my display window trying to keep people interested etc, well my question is I want to put some fake cupcakes in there but I am afraid the buttercream on the cupcakes won't hold, does anyone else put them in their display windows with buttercream and they don't melt or anything? Thanks for any help.
Get yourself some plaster (Polyfill or some such http://www.lepageproducts.com/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=102), color it with food coloring and decorate as you would with the real thing. It will dry hard and last forever as long as you keep it dry. Humidity will cause it to break down or grow mold, but you could spray the finished product with a clear matte varnish to help with that. I'd get some cheap tips to use for that purpose only because if you let it dry on the tips you'll never get it off. Also use disposable bags or zip lock bags instead of your good ones. Also, make sure your plaster is the stuff that dries white, because the grey stuff would be off-putting. If you cover your dummies with plastic wrap you'll be able to peel the plaster off when you want to change the designs. HTH
Why don't you use royal icing?
Thanks! I tried the royal icing cause that's what I had at home and it was a little flat didn't really get the nice swirl look but I think with the high heals and bows on them they look pretty good. Maybe next time I will try the plaster. I posted a link so you could see the results! Thanks again for responding!