If you haven’t seen Part I of How to make Cupcake Tree Ornaments yet, go look at it here.
Now that the actual “cake” portion of the cupcakes are done, it’s now time to move onto the fun part. Not that spraying goo in paper cups and watching it explode in size isn’t fun. ‘Cause it is.
For decorating your Cupfakes you’re going to use a bucket of pre-mixed drywall compound coloured with acrylic paint. That’ll be the icing on the cake.
On *top* of the icing you can put whatever decorative pieces you want. You can use sparkles, or beads or brightly coloured condoms. Whatever tickles your chin.
Whatever you put on your cupcakes needs to be fake. Not real food items. Even though I used a real food item, I do not suggest you use a real food item, because it might bleed a little bit and get kind of gooey and attract ants. Maybe. More on that later.
Here we go!
HOW TO MAKE A CUPCAKE TREE ORNAMENT
Gather your sparkly bits and do-dads. Here are a few of the things I picked up at the Dollar Store for decorating my cakes.
Spoon a glob of drywall compound into a mixing bowl. Add enough to fill a piping bag.
Which is more than what you see in this bowl here. I didn’t use enough drywall compound the first time around.
Add a dollop of whatever colour paint you want. The drywall compound is greyish so unless you can find a white drywall compound you’ll never have a nice white icing. 🙁
Work quickly now because the drywall compound’s sole purpose in life is to dry out when it hits the air.
Whip up the tinted compound with a hand mixer.
I feel the need to reiterate work quickly. There’s no time for stopping and staring blankly at the latest train wreck on Dr. Phil.
The drywall compound starts to dry out almost immediately and you need to get it into your piping bag quickly.
To make your life much easier, if you plan on making a variety of coloured icings, get a few extra tips and disposable piping bags and mix them all up in advance.
Once you have the drywall compound in the piping bag, it’ll stay fresh while you make the cupcakes.
I used 2 different tips. I would have preferred a larger star tip but couldn’t find one.
I say this with the authority of someone who has piped icing onto a cupcake before.
I have not.
Once your piping bags are filled with your tinted drywall compound set your prepared cupfake in front of you.
Unless you plan on piping with your bum. In which case you should probably place the cupcake behind you.
The drywall compound is a little softer than icing, but other than that it is remarkably similar.
Pipe it onto the cupcake however you fancy.
Allow me to introduce you to the very first cupcake I’ve ever iced.
Now comes the fun part. Adding all your embellishments.
And a hunk of wire. You can use any stiff but bendable wire you have around the house to create a place to hang your cupcake.
I chose to cut a paper clip in half with some wire snips.
Just shove the wire into the cupcake.
If you put the wire directly in the centre of the cupcake, it will hang perfectly straight from the tree. If you push the wire in a little to the back of the cupcake, the ornament will turn out a little bit, giving you a better view of the cake.
For best results mix it up. Do some straight from the top and others from further back.
After the sparkles add whatever else you like … like this tiny plastic snowflake.
And then sit back, relax and watch all your hard work go to crap.
Once they’re decorated these cupcakes are kindda tipsy and top heavy.
In honour of that fact I’ve created a poem.
If you cannot handle your cupcakes with care,
be prepared to let out a swear.
Here I’ve added a real candy.
That was stupid.
This particular cupcake is now kind of gooey.
I should have left the candy in the wrapper. Which would have looked cute.
Beads work well as candy sprinkle substitutes.
You can never go wrong with complimentary but contrasting sparkles.
Tiny little Christmas ornaments.
The paper pick that came with the cupcake papers is realllyyyy cute.
If some of your cupcake papers have cute designs on the bottom hang them high in the tree so you can see them.
Just too cute.
I chose to go with traditional colours for these Xmas Cupfakes, but they’d be dazzling with white papers, and black icing, with white or black sparkles.
Super plain, super elegant.
If I’d had more time I would have made black and white cupcakes.
I might still make black and white cupcakes.
Don’t wanna hang em from the Christmas Tree? ‘Cause you’re Jewish? Or a Jehovah’s Witness? Or Muslim? Or you just don’t like Christmas trees?
No problem. Put em on a cake plate.
While I was doing these I realized, that this would also work for ice cream cones.
Instead of putting the foam in paper cups put it in ice cream cones.
Beware, though. If you overfill then I’m sure they’ll break to bits.
In fact they probably will break into bits.
Doesn’t this look like soft serve ice cream?
Covered in purple sparkles?
Which is how I most enjoy my ice cream.
When the drywall compound dries, it will crack a tiny bit.
Nothing huge. No big whoop. Just lettin’ you know.
The paper clip hangers are in there fairly snug.
However, just to be safe, once they were dry I dropped a teensy bit of hot glue where the wire inserted into the cupcake.
After you ice and decorate your cupcakes, sit them to the side (carefully) and let them dry for 2 days. Just ignore them. Sit them in the corner and pretend they don’t exist. Treat them like your spouse when they’ve wronged you.
You can now hang them from a tree, put them on a plate or use them as a bow on a Christmas present.
Oh … be prepared to make real cupcakes after you make your fake cupcakes. I can’t explain it, but for some reason you’ll have an uncontrollable craving.