TUTORIAL: Polymer Vanilla & Cherry Cupcakes

I’ve been experimenting with different foods using polymer clay recently, and I’ve discovered that cupcakes are one of my favourites! They’re so easy to make, and there are hundreds of different ways to decorate them. They’re perfect to use as charms, ornaments, or just a sweet little gift for someone special! After all, who doesn’t love cupcakes?! For me, the best part of working with food is that you don’t need to get it perfect- in fact, if it were too symmetrical it wouldn’t be realistic. I’ll be putting up various tutorials explaining how to make different “flavours” (chocolate chip, blueberry muffins, etc), but for now, lets begin with something simple!

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What you’ll need:

  • Cupcake base mould
  • Set of soft pastels
  • Hard paintbrush
  • Needle tool or regular pin
  • Clay (white, translucent, beige, dark green, dark red)
  • Dotting tool (optional)

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About the mould:
Cupcake base moulds are pretty easy to find. Some craft stores may stock them, but I found mine on Ebay for £3.50. I wanted a larger one like this, but if you’re working at a small scale find one which suits you. You can also make your own, but I won’t get to complicated right now!

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Step 1:
Press your translucent clay into your mould, ensuring it is compact. Scrape off any excess. Pop it out by pressing on the bottom and holding upside down, then bake until hard. Mine took around 10 minutes on gas mark 4, but adjust according to the size of yours.

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Step 2
Once your base is cool, press your beige clay onto it so that it resembles something similar to a cupcake, like the photo above. Take your paintbrush and use the bristles to create texture all over the “dough”.

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Step 3:
Roll your white clay into a ball, press down lightly, then use your dotting tool (or needle if you’re working at  a very small scale) to create this cream effect. There’s no one way to do it- just press down in swirls and add however much texture you prefer.

TIP: If you’re struggling to stop your white from crumbling when adding texture, try using a drop of water. Don’t drown it, just use a tiny but to help the tool press smoothly through the clay.

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Step 4: 
Take one very small ball of dark red clay, roll it into a ball, then use your needle tool to press a line into one side. Poke a small hole into the top, going halfway through. This will create the cherry.

 

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Step 5:
Roll out one tiny snake of dark green clay and push it into the hole you made in your cherry. You want it standing upwards but with a slight curve. Your cherry now has a stem!

 

Step 6:
Bake the whole thing until hard, again on gas mark 4 and checking every 5 minutes.

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Step 7:Use your paintbrush to lightly brush a little dark yellow pastel onto the bottom half of the base, fading upwards, so that it looks more translucent at the top.

You’re finished! Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?! 

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If you have any questions, please comment below. I’d also love to see how yours turned out! Have a beautiful day! :)

 

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