Cupcake Model For Practice

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cadaless31 Posted 19 May 2017 , 2:06am
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Hi all, does any have any suggestions or know where i can get a cupcake 'model' that i can practice my decorating skills on. This would ideally be a silicone reusable 'cupcake' that i could play around with laying out designs and decorating?


What do you all use? I don't want to have to bake my cakes all the time for practice

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leah_s Posted 19 May 2017 , 12:30pm
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There are styro cupcake dummies.  Is that what you want?  I have some I'm not going to use.  If you'll pay postage I can send them to you.

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johnson6ofus Posted 19 May 2017 , 1:27pm
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When I taught classes, we actually used a standard full sized jar of sprinkles as a cupcake "top". The students held the jar, "decorated" the top (using the jar itself as a solid item to hold on to --rather than a flower nail or those stupid cupcake holder nails). Then they dump the icing back in the bowl by tapping the jar on the icing bowl.  I used this method for learning/teaching various swirls and tip usage.The students could easily practice bag holding, position and pressure.... while developing a "feel" for the various swirls and techniques.

Obviously, if you add any solid decoration items, they cant go back in the practice icing bowl.

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cadaless31 Posted 19 May 2017 , 1:27pm
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@leah_s thank you for the offer!

are they reusable? Or more once and done. I guess if Styrofoam I can always cover with sarnwrap.  Approximately how many do you have? 

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johnson6ofus Posted 19 May 2017 , 1:33pm
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Those cupcake Styrofoams are hard to work with for practice. The icing tends to make them top heavy. They are great for display, but they tip easily. That is why I adopted the "sprinkle jar lid" method.

Don't forget to note the tips used and photograph them for your own personal "library" of styles.

I would use the jar method for "Practice" and the true Styrofoam forms for realistic looking photos (if that is needed).

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leah_s Posted 19 May 2017 , 2:27pm
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just like any stryo dummy, you will need to anchor them to work with them.  Shove a toothpick in the bottom and anchor it to another piece of stryo that has been taped to your turntable.  Easy.  I know I probably have at least 6.

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mkcherry Posted 8 Jun 2017 , 8:46am
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I have a set of Styrofoam dummy cupcakes but i dislike it like i dislike all cake dummies. Instead I baked a batch of inedible  "cupcakes" (just flour, oil, vinegar and baking soda rise like a cupcake nice and round so I can practice poured fondant / piping etc ) I used good expensive cupcake liners so they dont disintegrate on me and keep them in the fridge for weeks, icing / decorate, arrange and take photographs for my website then I wipe the frosting off and decorate again. If i make a huge layout to photograph I might put them in the freezer for second so i can just pull all the icing off. Not exactly reusable but I think they look better than the dummies did and help me build my portfolio without a lo of waste or investment 


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