Howdie sweet bunnies, how did Easter treat you? I hope you didn’t go into a chocolate coma, got hives from too many eggs or got chased by the Easter bunny.
Today I want to make good on a promise.
Remember when I showed you my cupcake candle holders last month?
I promised I’d show you how to make them yourself. But I was making it up as I went the first time around, and not all of it went as planned then.
So I decided to ‘bake’ another batch of cupcakes to make sure I’d be giving you all the right instructions (but the pictures of the cupcakes in the making are of the first batch).
I went a bit further this time and even decorated them like real cupcakes. I think they look pretty yummy, don’t you….
Ok here is how you cook these babies up.
The list of ingredients:
empty yogurt or margarine tub
muffin tin and papers
aluminum foil candle holder thingies
something small to use as weights
This is what you do:
Mix water with plaster. Estimate the quantity you need, depending on how many cupcakes you want to make. Gently mix it together, you don’t want to create air bubbles. Mix until your ‘batter’ is slightly runny so it will even out when you shake it a bit, but it is not too liquid anymore (think thick Greek yogurt) or it won’t firm up properly. Just keep adding water, or plaster until you get it right.
Fill your cupcake papers. A silicone cupcake ‘tin’ will make removing the cupcakes really easy later (just remember to put it on a tray first, because it is hard to move otherwise). But a regular tin works too.
Remember to fill up those papers, because this batter won’t rise. if you fill above the paper you will get a solid band on top (like I have with this batch).
Shuffle the tin a bit until the top of the cupcake evens out. Any imperfections you can remove now, will save you sanding time later.
Immediately push a candle holder thingie into the batter. Aim for the middle and don’t distort it’s shape. Put something small and heavy in it to keep it down (I used bolts, but heavy marbles would work too).
Let fully dry.
Remove paper, sand or any imperfections, spray paint with primer, and then spray with the paint color of your choice.
I embellished with real cupcake sprinkles. I used Glossy Accents glue to attach the pearls.
One more tip. Leave the tub and spoon to dry! Don’t rinse them out in the sink, because the plaster might clog up your drains. If you leave it to dry fully, you can later just dent the tub (that’s why I recommend something plastic and bendable) and the dried plaster will come loose and you can just put it in the trash and use the tub for your next project.
I have never ever baked a real cupcake, let alone decorated one. So this is in fact my first attempt at decorating baked goods.
I am sure you baking queens out there could come up with much better designs. But I am secretly quite pleased with my decorated cupcakes.
I think they look really festive, and I could see myself decorating a whole party table with these babies.
You can even put them out in the sun, and you wouldn’t have to worry about the icing melting.
Of course you can use any mold you have to make candle holders like this. Just as long as it will allow you to get the hardened plaster out. I tried it with cookie cutters too, but that didn’t work so well, because I couldn’t get the candle holder out without it crumbling and besides I don’t think they would have been heavy enough to hold a real candle.
But I am sure you could all go to town with this idea.
If you have any more questions just put them in the comments and I’ll answer them there for everyone.
So anyone else gonna ‘bake’ some cupcakes?
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.