Using Cupcakes For Practice

Decorating By bakeforfun21 Updated 3 Feb 2015 , 5:30pm by bakeforfun21

bakeforfun21 Posted 2 Feb 2015 , 6:25pm
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Has anyone ever done this? Baked cupcakes and used them for practicing cake decorating techniques. Like, baked them, unwrapped one and stored the rest, and decorated the one cupcake as if it were a regular cake. I'm thinking of doing this so I don't waste too many of my materials (fondant, buttercream, cake mix).

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MBalaska Posted 2 Feb 2015 , 8:32pm
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No.

leah_s Posted 2 Feb 2015 , 9:19pm
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No.  Get some cake dummys.

leah_s Posted 2 Feb 2015 , 9:19pm
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www. dallas foam .com

Apti Posted 2 Feb 2015 , 10:43pm
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Another option is to decorate a cake pan that is turned upside down.

Laetia Posted 3 Feb 2015 , 2:23am
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AYou can also keep your buttercream in the fridge and reuse it over and over again on dummy cake. Just put a label "do not eat" on it, just in case! You dont want that stuff on a real cake by mistake...

Elcee Posted 3 Feb 2015 , 1:08pm
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Cake techniques don't translate to cupcakes very well. While practicing on dummies or cake pans are fine for specifics, like piping, borders, flowers, it's my opinion that you need to practice on real cakes. Dummies and cake pans don't get bulges, don't bake unevenly, they don't shift or settle, and stacking them doesn't really count since there's no way to learn how to properly support a cake. 

 

If you use a cake mix, and make a practice buttercream, it's not that expensive. Splurge. Practice on real cakes. We've all seen the websites with beautiful dummies next to lumpy, bulging, misshapen cakes.

bakeforfun21 Posted 3 Feb 2015 , 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s 
 

No.  Get some cake dummys.

I bought the styorafoam dummy's from joann fabric.

bakeforfun21 Posted 3 Feb 2015 , 5:29pm
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Originally Posted by Laetia 

You can also keep your buttercream in the fridge and reuse it over and over again on dummy cake. Just put a label "do not eat" on it, just in case! You dont want that stuff on a real cake by mistake...

why didn't i think of this. thank you

bakeforfun21 Posted 3 Feb 2015 , 5:30pm
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Originally Posted by Elcee 
 

Cake techniques don't translate to cupcakes very well. While practicing on dummies or cake pans are fine for specifics, like piping, borders, flowers, it's my opinion that you need to practice on real cakes. Dummies and cake pans don't get bulges, don't bake unevenly, they don't shift or settle, and stacking them doesn't really count since there's no way to learn how to properly support a cake. 

 

If you use a cake mix, and make a practice buttercream, it's not that expensive. Splurge. Practice on real cakes. We've all seen the websites with beautiful dummies next to lumpy, bulging, misshapen cakes.

that's a good point as well. thank you

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