Cupfakes Pt. II
How to make Cupcake Tree Ornaments


sneak peek.


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!



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.


wilton 1M tip


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.


wilton 1A tip


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.

Ta da.



Now comes the fun part.  Adding all your embellishments.

Like sparkles.



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.

© Karen



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.
You’re welcome.
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.


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  1. Tickled Red says:

    Have I told you lately how bloody brilliant you are? Well you are. Awesome idea!!

  2. Alexandra Dare says:

    Those are so cute! I would fail miserably at making these things. o_o You should make these and SELL THEM. zomg. You should have a little stuff shop on your site where you sell some of the stuff you make for your blog!!! KAREN, you would be unstoppable!!! 😀

  3. I am loving this! They look good enough to eat! They remind me of my aunt’s crocheted sugar snowflake ornaments that I used to hide behind the tree to eat.

  4. Amie says:

    Karen – you have truly out done yourself. You freakin’ genius! Too bad I hate Christmas trees – disgusting ugly buggers…..

    • Karen says:

      Amie. You just made me choke on my midnight cookie. I put up 4 Christmas trees in my 1,000 square foot house. 2 real, 2 fake. One in every room pretty much. My goal is now to convert you. Perhaps you just haven’t seen the right tree. Personally, I prefer the old fashioned, sparse, sickly looking trees. Like Charlie Brown’s. ~ karen

      • TR says:

        I completely agree! i love sickly looking christmas trees. I actually thought it would be cool to do a modern/minimalist tree this year by just drilling holes into a bare tree trunk and inserting barren tree branches that vary in fullness. I think i’d do it with silver balls, white lights and white-opaque ribbon…

      • magali says:

        you are just like Christina Aguilera! She has five in her house. I don’t think she would be half as good as you at making those fake cupcakes though.that is probably the only major difference between the two of you…

      • lori says:

        I also have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree!! I just love it!!!!!

      • Julie says:


        Will you be posting your decorated Christmas trees or your decorated house? I would love to see!


      • Amie says:

        I think Christmas Trees to me might be like Brussels sprouts to you! The sight of tinsel brings me out in a stress rash! They are major uggo’s.
        But that might be because I think I have never achieved a truly beautiful tree. Do your best to convert me Karen! TIPS!! x

      • sarah says:

        thanks for your thoughtful postings…..excellent photos and fun remarks…..nice to find other talented, fun folks with creative impulses!!!

  5. Denna says:

    I knew you would be able to figure it out. They are absolutely fantasic. I have a cake plate just screaming out for them.

    I don’t however think I will ever have an overwhelming urge to cook real cupcakes though. Eek doesn’t that involve an oven!

  6. Karen-Emmanuelle says:

    OMG! You are insanely talented! I think Martha Stewart should retire ;-).

  7. Liss says:

    Question for ya-does the drywall compound clean up completely off of the beaters and the piping tips? I bake uncontrollably and I don’t want to ruin my equipment!

    • Karen says:

      Liss ~ All your tools will clean up perfectly. I wouldn’t leave the drywall compound to sit in a ceramic bowl for days on end, but as long as you clean up after the few hours it takes you to do the cupcakes you’ll be fine. The drywall compound comes right off metal once you add some warm water to it. Nothing will get ruined! ~ karen

  8. Choo Choo says:

    These are way too cute! Your commentary is hilarious; I’ll be a regular reader from now on.

  9. Jeff says:

    They look too real. Karen, you are quite the talented blogger/handy-person. Extreme caution should be used in displaying these in any home with occupants suffering from short term memory loss. 🙂 Well done.

  10. Paulina J! says:

    These are FABULOUS!! I don’t do Christmas trees (I’m a Jehovah’s Witness), but these will definitely be made to display and trick people! Specially my sister who can’t pass up a cupcake. I LOVE your blog and have a bunch of stuff on my to-do list thanks to you. I was able to scratch off the pumpkin pie made w/real pumpkins of the list 🙂 Delicious!

  11. Sunny says:

    Wow! I <3 these! This would be a good project for me to work on with my 8 (going on 30) daughter. She'd love it!

  12. lori says:

    I just love these!!! great idea! cute as name tag place settings for a little girls birthday. heck any birthday for that matter.

    you could use wire and make it swirl (like the ones they use to hold pictures) and then put your name cards in then and place them where you want your guests to sit.
    and for them being top heavy you could put a sm. rock or something a bit heavy and then put the foam on top of that. then it should sit better for you.
    thanks for the tips.

  13. Natalie says:

    Those are lovely! But they actually are making me want to eat them, so good suggestion on making real cakes too.

  14. Oona says:

    Amazing. I love the black & white idea!

  15. Laurel says:

    I absolutely love them. Time to gather all the materials. I think I’ll put some on presents…..

  16. Denni Harbaugh says:

    Karen, these look fantastic! I so heart them! :o) So now that we’re pals, lemme ask ya something — would putting those ornament hooks in the cupcake in place of the cut up paperclip work also? Or do you think the hook would be too thin? Thanks for sharing this project — it’s awesome!

    • Karen says:

      Denni – I made the paper clip hooks for a reason. When you hang your ornament you want it to dangle nicely. The hook allows for that. Once you put your ornament hook through the paper clip it will move and rock a little bit. If you put the ornament hook right into the cupcake it will hang very stiffly and won’t look quite as good. You can use any thin metal wire for the hooks that go into cupcake. Paper clips, floral wire, bent and cut ornament holders … anything. Hope that clears things up! ~ karen

  17. Elise says:

    Finished product is beautiful!! I love these (and everything else you do). Also, I’m right in the middle of a Dr. Phil episode. This post was waaay better- for obvious reasons.

  18. Theresa says:

    must bow to you creative can-do spirit. really just brillant project.
    Wanted to have a smaller tree for the enclosed porch by the front door this year . Think it would be great with these hanging on – kinda visions of sugar plums thing..maybe theres a way to make sugar plums?? too

  19. tami brown says:

    I am SO making these! Thanks for sharing this. We have been looking at some fun DIY Christmas projects since we have absolutely NO Christmas decor anymore.

  20. kristin says:

    I wish I hadn’t already made a whole slew of Christmas gift decorations otherwise, I totally would have made these instead! Next year!

  21. Phyllis {My Wedding Concierge} says:

    I just came across your site today and this project is way cool! My daughter loves to make cupcakes but I don’t think I’ll attempt this one with a 5 year old. Must.File.Away! Off to explore the rest of your site!

  22. Sarah says:

    First, reading your blog is definitely part of my daily routine. Second, I’ve been searching for the perfect favors for my little sister’s bridal shower (who gets married in Dec??) and these will definitely be a hit! What’s your guesstimate for how long these took you to make?

  23. Julie shinnick says:

    Oh so totally awesome!
    When I give it a bash, I will try putting some fishing sinkers in the bottom of the cupcake and see if that helps any! Thanks for the heads up and for not pretending that you get things right all of the time like some do!
    It’s when things don’t go quite right that you can come across something that gives you further inspiration! (and it adds character I’ve always said!) (sounds like an excuse? hell-yeah!)

  24. mary says:

    so I was fishing around for someone to help be get my Christmas tree shopping… when I said I was getting two I heard a groan… little does he know I’m actually getting 3 this year!!!

  25. Denna says:

    I have no idea where to get the cute little cups for the cupcakes. Where did you get yours?

    All I have found are the boring plain ones.

    Okay so I’m hopeless to figure anything out on my own.


    • Karen says:

      Denna ~ Get the cute little cups at a specialty kitchenwares store OR The Bulk Barn. That’s where I got all of mine. A kitchen store and The Bulk Barn. Each pack is around $2.50! ~ karen

  26. Alisha says:

    I love your trials and tribulations. All the pains and effort you go through to please and entertain your loyal followers. These are adorable and would be great for any adventure that requires a unique craft! I’ve never worked with this expanding foam stuff so my question is this … do you figure this method would work for mini cupcakes (maybe better for Christmas Tree decorations?) I’ve seen this itty bitty (cute as hell) mini cupcake cups in the stores here so I’m thinkin … maybe?!

    • Karen says:

      Alisha – Thx! You could definitely use this technique for mini cupcakes. It would be more difficult in terms of dispensing that tiny amount of Great Stuff, but I’m positive it can be done. However … I must say I don’t think they’d have much impact on a Christmas tree. Too dinky. I’d go for the full sized ones on a Christmas tree and the tiny ones as table top decorations. Maybe on the cake plate. Perfect for decorating a Christmas present! – karen

  27. Thanks Karen. Now I have a new art project to try out and need to bake cupcakes. Geesh – going to work blog always gives me extra work to do!

    Honestly, I can imagine those cupcakes being used as place setting/place card holders. They are adorable….what else do you have swirling around that brain of yours??!!


  28. Pam'a says:

    Adorable, of course. Hilarious, of course!

    I wanted to suggest one tiny thing regarding those paper clips– Why not just bend them so one “hook” points down, and the other one points up? That way you don’t have to search out the wire cutters (i.e., entering the husband’s black hole Man Cave),and they might even bite into the cupcake base a bit more for extra hold. (?)

    Oh, and Happy American Thanksgiving!

    • Karen says:

      Pam’a – a) The workshop is not the man’s domain. Remember that! At least not in my house. LOL b) Cutting the paper clips gets you 2 for the price of 1. c) Most importantly, if you cut the paper clips you end up with 2 neatly snipped wires going into the cupcake. They insert nicer, not messing up the icing as much. That’s it! – karen!

  29. Laura says:

    Karen, I just did this craft project with my younger family members yesterday at our Thanksgiving get-together. Everything turned out great, but I did have an issue with the Great Stuff when spraying it into the cups. For some reason, my cupcake papers wouldn’t stay down in the muffin tin, and so they ended up flattening out somewhat as the Great Stuff dried and expanded. Maybe I bought crappy papers… either way, it was a fun project. And you were right, they DO become top-heavy, and we dumped many a cupcake on the floor. Also, when making this with little ones, make sure they know that drywall compound is NOT THE SAME as cupcake icing… Oops. 🙂

  30. Maura says:

    What in the world am I going to do with the 3 dozen cupfakes that I must now immediately make??

  31. Millia says:

    My sister and I made fake cupcakes for a competition we were in where we couldn’t have any real food on the table. We also made fake candy. I would caution anyone about displaying them, if they turn out as pretty as Karen’s people may think they are real! I had to stop my husband and brother-in-law several times from almost eating fake gummy bears!

    not sure if those photos will work, but those are our fake cupcakes and gummybears =)

  32. Lynn Surette says:

    I’m going to make some of these to put on a cake stand — temptation free kitchen table centrepiece

  33. Jenn says:

    Wow! Thanks for the cheap and fairly easy teacher gift! I just made a bunch of these and the kids are giving them away as gifts to grandparents, teachers, bus drivers and the like. They look really really cute and I bet if I were deft with a piping bag they’d look professional. And yes, I’m going to make cupcakes now. Also, I used the extra light spackle and it works just like whipped frosting (better, actually).

  34. Shauna says:

    For most DIY instructions, I just scan through the pictures and pause to read only when something doesn’t look obvious. However, your writing is so witty, I can’t help but read each bit of instruction. Now, if only IKEA would hire you write their instruction pamphlets…

  35. Dominique says:

    I saw on cupcake confindential last night, instead of using foam, she used a round ornament, and hot glued the cupcake paper to it…then added some ribbons and toole and sparkles on top. You probably wouldnt be able to set those down though, definately only for hanging. But extraordinarily adorable. I am going to fuse that idea with your fake icing idea. CANT WAIT!

  36. Melissa says:

    thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for sharing how to make these…..So much FUN making them, I had to share with you what I made. BTW, I got 60 cupFAKES out of one can…Pheeew!!

  37. Amanda says:

    I have been slowly working on these over the past couple of weeks in stages. I did an icing test run last week. A coworker suggested to mix the paint with the compound in a plastic bag, cut off the tip and then use that to do the icing. But it came out all gooey and drippy (still pretty cute until they tipped over). So instead of ruining my icing tips, I bought cheap ones and will try it again. After all, I did end up with 47 foam cupcakes. Lots of room to play and experiment. How did you get your icing so firm? Do you think whipping it helped?

    • Karen says:

      Amanda – You might be using the wrong drywall compound. The icing pretty much stays the same consistency as it in the tub. Are you using the premixed drywall compound (spackle)? Are you mixing it when it’s in the tub to make sure it’s all mixed up propertly? Sometimes there’s liquid on top making the top bit runnier than it should be. Mix it up. There are a couple of different consistencies for spackle as well. Go to the hardware store and tell them you want one that isn’t runny. Also, the icing won’t ruin your tips at all. It washes right off, no problem at all. ~ karen!

  38. Melissa says:

    Okay, I noticed today, after a week and half of making the cupcakes, that the drywall compound really collapsed. it doesn’t look bad, but it’s not as nice as it was when I first made it. Question….how did you attach the glitter, beads to the cupcake? I put everything on, when the compound was still wet, hoping and praying that everything would stick. WRONG!!! The paper clip sticks to some and not to others. Some glitter and beads stayed on, but I want it with LOTS of bling. What kind of glue can I used to add more BLINGY glitter and beads? Will it ruin the cupcakes?? I appreciate your input/experience!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Melissa – I had someone else say their cupcakes shrunk after a week or so. Weird. I have no idea if it has something to do with weather or temperature or humidity. Obviously since the product is meant to insulate homes, it shouldn’t shrink down after applying it! Oh well, in your case it’s just a cupcake and not hundreds of dollars in heating or cooling costs to deal with :). O.K. So … the sparkles and stuff. If I were you at this point I’d probably just use a spray adhesive or plain old white glue. (the kind that turns transparent when it dries) Just paint a thin, thin, thin layer where you want to put your sparkles and then drop them on. All other beads and stuff I’d try to hold with tweezers, dip them in the white glue and apply them to the cupcake. Oh! And I suspect the reason your paper clips fell out of some of the cupfakes is because of the shrinkage. Put a dot of white glue where the paper clip enters all of the cupcakes and you should be fine. I did mine last year and I can’t wait to see what they look like this year. If they held up in storage throughout the summer! It’ll be a surprise to see what they ended up like after a year. Fingers crossed! ~ karen

  39. Abbie says:

    Wow these are awesome! When you mix the drywall compound does it ruin the hand mixer at all?
    This is such a great idea!!! I might do something similar to this with the 6th and 7th graders that I’m working with. (a simplified version)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Abbie – No the drywall compound doesn’t ruin the mixer at all. It just washes right off. (I probably wouldn’t leave it sitting in the sink for days on end or anything) Good luck! ~ karen!

  40. Abbie says:

    I have another question. The drywall compound I used turned out very runny and didn’t work for frosting. What brand did you use?

  41. Marilyn says:

    I just stumbled upon the two posts for your faux cupcakes, via Pinterest. WOW – O – WOW! I have searched high, low, in the middle, over the river, thru the woods, on top of Ole’ Smokey, etc, etc, etc, and have never found a post with so much details and pictures to go along. Very impressed! Thank you! I was already thinking ahead to this holiday season and had an idea that would involve something like this. Now I have it! Thank you again!!!!!

    • Karen says:

      Marilyn – LOL! I can’t believe you’re already thinking ahead to Christmas. I’m *just* starting to get a move on my vegetable garden and that’s taking up every ounce of grey matter I have. 🙂 I’m glad you found my blog. ~ karen!

  42. Cassandra says:

    i made the cake part of these today, frosting tomorrow. I used the silicone cups and i also put a poker chip in the bottom to make it more stable to sit on the bulge on the bottom..

  43. Auntiepatch says:

    Not only do you show us great ideas to try but you also show us what NOT TO DO and why! And you keep us laughing in the process! Great blog!

  44. Dennise says:

    I was planning on doing a cupcake themed Christmas tree this year… I just googled “cupcake themed christmas tree” and I bumped with you blog… You are awesome!! I’m not sure if I’m going to try making my own fake cupcakes but this is amazing!

    • Karen says:

      Well thanks Dennise! Welcome to my site. I suggest you stick around if only for the big, BIG contest I’m having in a couple of weeks. 🙂 It has nothing to do with cupcakes. ~ karen!

  45. Madison says:

    How much drywall compound did u use for all of the foam cupcakes?

    • Karen says:

      For the icing you mean? hardly any at all. Depending on how many you’re making, the smallest bucket you can find will do. ~ karen!

  46. sarah says:

    umm… these are AMAZING. this is so freaking clever, i just can’t get over it. i’m going to give it a whirl this year. i’ll let you know how it works out.


  47. Kim says:

    This is awesome! I am a cake decorator and I just got some expierence in drywall and insulation from doing my livingroom. I have everything but the glitter and candies I would add. Thanks so much for the how to! I will let you know how it turns out! Great stuff!

  48. Kim says:

    drywall compound? is that the puddy that you are referring too?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim – Yup. It’s the stuff that comes in a tub. Here in Canada we call it drywall compound. In the States it might be called something else, like Sheetrock compound. Good luck! Let me know how they turn out. ~ karen!

  49. Amy says:

    Loved the tutorial! However, my “icing” dried and had a few cracks in it.. did this happen to anyone else??

  50. Diane Thomas says:

    Thanks so much for figuring out how to make the Christmas tree cup cakes. It’s people like u that make life easier for people like me. Again thanks a bunch

  51. Charylee says:

    Great post! FYI: If you want the look of white icing, use Caulk instead of drywall compound 🙂 Can’t wait to make these, thank you!

  52. Candy says:

    Such wonderful, precise instructions mixed with lots of great humor. I really enjoyed this and plan on making the “cupfake” ornaments very soon. Thank you so much!

  53. kim says:

    Karen these are wonderful! I made them for a candyland Christmas tree and they fit right into the theme.

    I made 4 colors of the icing and I found that if I added too much color (I was looking for a bright/bold color) the “icing” became watery. That could be what happened to some of the people above. I had so much fun that I can’t wait to try this again- it was super easy, super fun and seriously inexpensive!

    Thank you for your detailed instructions!

  54. Denisse says:

    Hi Karen:

    I actually tried to make one the other day and was searching for another way to make them and your site came up. I found that the cup cakes flopped over. I used the foam that you mentioned and found that the bottom wasn’t really flat so it made it hard for them to stay. I used Dap Fast-n-Final filler, which is like drywall compound, but much lighter. Any suggestions on how to get them to sit flat and not fall over? I thought about metal washer to give them some wait? Any suggestions? I am in charge of making fake props, bakery items, meats and fish for a dance number that my kids are involved in. Thanks. Denisse

    • Karen says:

      Hi Denisse – You basically need to weigh the bottom of the cupfakes down prior to putting in the foam. So, put a big metal washer into the bottom of the cupcake liner for instance. If you read through the comments, I seem to remember someone else having a good idea for this too, but I can’t remember what they thought of using. Good luck! ~ karen!

  55. Maggy says:

    Love your sense of humor! Using your idea to make outdoors decorations. I’ll let you know how they will turn out!

  56. Brandy says:

    These are an awesome idea. I LOVE the way you write with the hint of sarcastic humor. Thanks for the idea & the laugh….

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  59. I LOVED THIS! I tried it myself and it worked great. The only thing I changed was that I used Lightweight Spackling. It was foamy and creamy, and when I put it in the ziplock bag it stayed very flexable for a long time! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Karen says:

      Excellent! Glad they worked. They come out looking ridiculously real! If you think that’s fun you should try my printing on wood with waxed paper. You’ll be printing on every available wood surface you come across. You may even need to go to some sort of 12 step program to stop. ~ karen!

  60. rosy says:

    I put real chocolate bits on the fake cupcake and now they are melting and ruining them! Do I throw them out? Anything I can do to fix it? You mentioned that real food is bad, what consequenses did you encounter with it? Where you able to fix it? Thank you!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Rosy – The reason I say not to use any real food is because if you plan to keep the cupfakes any longer than over the Christmas season or any other special occasion the food you used with them will go bad/rancid plus it will attract mice if you live in an area prone to those. You may be able to salvage your cupfakes i f you area able to pick off all the real food on them, clean them with a bit of soap and water to get the chocolate residue off and then paint over them. ~ karen!

  61. dawn buie says:

    how well did they hold up after putting them away in storage? I am wanting to make a few to sell and don’t want them falling apart after a year or so.. Thank you so much for this tutorial.. They turned out so cute hope mine look as fab as yours did!…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dawn! I kept them for 3 years before I got sick of them, lol. so they’re gone now. They actual cupcakes held up great! It was the little ornaments that fell off the odd time. Not a big deal and it was probably my fault for not affixing them a bit better. Good luck! ~ karen

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