Completion time – 1-2 hours
Designer – Kathleen George
STYROFOAM Brand Foam
Ball: 3" (makes one cupcake)
Disc: 7-1/2" x 1-1/4" (makes four cake slices)
Acrylic spackling compound
(available at home improvement centers)
Acrylic paints: white, brown, yellow
Satin ribbon roses
Paper doilies, round
30-gauge silver wire
Small photo or place card
Assorted trims (cupcake only): paper cupcake liner
plastic birthday candleholder; 3/8" wooden dowel,
2-1/2" length; gold foil, 2" square
Small disposable container
Spatula or butter knife
Thick, white craft glue
1. Wax serrated knife blade with old candle for easier,
smoother cutting. Form 3" ball into shape of a muffin by
cutting a 3/8" slice from the bottom. With a pencil, draw a
groove around circumference of ball, 1-1/4" up from flat
bottom. Cut 1/4" slices of foam from circumference of ball,
cutting from groove down, until ball fits snugly in paper
liner. Rub cut edges with sides of a pencil or your fingertips
to smooth any rough edges.
2. Glue foam cupcake inside a paper liner.
3. Transfer 1/2 cup of spackling compound to a small
disposable container. Mix in small amounts of water until
compound reaches consistency of smooth whipped cream. Tint
spackling with paint to resemble icing and mix thoroughly.
Spread compound with a spatula or butter knife onto top of
foam cupcake. Press a ribbon rose or plastic birthday
candleholder into center top of iced cupcake. Set aside to dry.
4. Center and glue cupcake on doily.
5. For birthday candle, paint wooden dowel desired color. Cut
a teardrop-shape flame from gold foil and glue to top of dowel.
Insert and glue dowel candle into plastic holder on top of cupcake.
6. Cut an 8" length of wire. Form a loose spiral in one end,
using needlenose pliers to form initial loop. Press straight
end of wire into center top of cupcake; slip place card or
photo into wire spiral.
Cake Slice -
7. Using a serrated knife, cut foam disc into eight equal
pie-shape slices. Begin by cutting disc in half and then cutting
each resulting piece in half until eight pieces are formed.
8. Insert a wooden skewer into each foam slice to use as a
handle while painting. Paint slices desired cake color; stand
in a glass tumbler to dry.
9. Following Step 3, tint spackling to resemble icing. Spread
compound onto top and rounded edge of one foam slice. Press a second
slice on top and ice it with compound in same manner. Press a ribbon
rose into center top of iced cake slice. Set aside to dry.
10. Follow Steps 4 and 6 to add a paper doily and wire holder.
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