How many times have you made a cake that has not worked out, or where the decorations have been damaged or melted, or worse?
It’s time to discover how to fake bake crafts! Using your innate creativity and all sorts of everyday things, you can produce a beautiful cake that won’t easily be damaged and looks suitable for just about any use.
In this post, I will tell you how to make a fake bake cake in crafts! Here is a quick overview of the best way to do this:
The base of the cake is made from Styrofoam, cut into a circular shape. You will then cover this with playdough as fake fondant, which you can make yourself. Stackle makes wonderful frosting, and you can create cherries from playdough painted with nail polish for the final touch.
For the complete step-by-step guide on making a fake cake bake, read on.
Ingredients For Making Faked Baked Goods
To make a fake baked cake, you need Styrofoam for the base, playdough for the fondant, and spackle.
Your cake begins with a styrofoam block (3 inches high and 8 inches square) for the base. You’ll need a pencil and cardboard to cut out the template.
Then, the fake fondant is made from playdough, which you can make from the recipe later in the post. For the frosting, you’ll need to buy some spackle. You can also use water-based paint to give the cake some color.
Tools Needed For Fake Bake Goods
The ‘tools’ for the cake are pretty straightforward. You’ll need to use a pencil, scissors, and knife for the base.
The playdough is made in a bowl and must be kept in an airtight container. Mix the spackle in an ice cream tub and apply it with a plastic spoon and knife. To make crests of spackle, you’ll need an icing bag and a nozzle.
How To Make A Fake Cake Base
For the cake base, cut the polystyrene into a circle, which will produce a solid piece of Styrofoam that will be 8 inches in diameter and 3 inches high.
Draw a circle (8 inches diameter) on some card and cut it out. Use this as a template to cut out the base. On the Styrofoam, trace around the edge of the circle. Cut around the circle by moving the knife up and down while applying some pressure horizontally at the same time.
When the cake base has been cut out, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove any debris left from the cutting.
If you’re going to venture into making a multi-tier fake baked cake, then here’s a great tutorial on how to do it without using glue:
Making Fake Fondant For The Cake Base
To make the fondant for the cake base, you make playdough, which can be rolled out, laid over the cake base, and molded around it.
How To Make Playdough
You’ll need these ingredients:
- 1 ½ Cups all-purpose flour
- ½ Cups salt
- 1 ½ tsp Cream of Tartar
- ¾ Cups hot water
Once you have these:
Mix the flour, salt, and Cream of Tartar together. Add the hot water and mix all the ingredients to form a stiff dough.
Knead the dough in the bowl until all the ingredients are mixed. Knead the ball of dough thoroughly on a wooden board. Store the finished dough in an airtight container.
Covering The Cake Base With Fake Fondant
Use a rolling pin to roll the playdough on a wooden board. Begin from one side and roll to the other, then turn the dough by 90° and repeat until the dough is ¼ inch thick.
Lay the dough sheet over the styrofoam cake base and mold it around the cake. Use a knife to trim the edges.
Decorating Your Fake Bake Cake
To decorate the cake, you will use fake frosting and fake cherries. The frosting is made from spackle and the cherries from playdough and nail polish.
How To Make Fake Frosting With Spackle
Spackle is a powder base that forms a paste when mixed with water. It can be spread and piped into crests. Spackle will hold its shape and harden effectively.
To mix the spackle correctly, put 4 teaspoons of the powder into the ice cream tub. Add 3 teaspoons of water and mix into a paste. Add powder and water as necessary and keep mixing to arrive at a pretty thick paste, but which can be pushed through a nozzle.
Add a teaspoon of pink paint to the mixed spackle to give it some color.
Spoon some of the mixed spackle onto the top of the cake, then use the plastic knife to spread it on top of the fake fondant. Use the knife as though you are buttering a piece of bread, but with long strokes that go from one side of the cake to the other. You don’t need to smooth the ‘icing’ too much.
Spread the spackle along the sides of the cake. Work from the top and keep going in the same direction.
Mix up another batch of spackle. This time, add a ¼ teaspoon of blue paint to become a light blue color.
Take an icing nozzle and place it into the icing bag to sit in the open corner. Spoon the blue spackle into the bag, squeezing it gently so that the spackle flows smoothly out of the nozzle.
Dab the spackle onto the cake to create a crown of the fake frosting. Each dab should be ½ inch apart.
Decorating With Fake Cherries
Take around 10 pinches of playdough and roll them into balls. Set them aside to dry for 15 minutes. When the balls are dried, paint them with red nail polish.
Adding fake cherries to the cake will give it a fantastic final touch. To do so, you will need to press a cherry into each of the crests of frosting.
Each cherry should sit just in the spackle but not ruin the shape of the crest. Repeat with all the cherries and the crests.
You could also try drying cranberries to get an easy cherry-looking solution to add to your fake bake cake.
Great Fake Bake Ideas
Creating a complete cake is only one option for fake bakes. You can also make faux baked cupcakes or individual slices of different types of cake. The choice is yours!
Fake Baked Cupcakes
Making fake baked cupcakes follows the same principles as making the fake baked cake. Still, you will have lots of opportunities to play with different types of decoration.
Fake Baked Chocolate Cake
Making a fake baked chocolate cake means adding brown food coloring to the fake fondant to create a chocolatey look. You will also need to add brown paint to the spackle.
Fake Baked Red Velvet Cake Slice
Knowing how to make a fake cake slice is the perfect way to texture your cake. You can use foam for the base of the cake, which will give it the texture and look of a sponge cake.
Fake Baked Donuts
You could even try your hand with an extra challenge of ring donuts. It takes some careful crafting to get the shape just right, but it is a fun and interesting challenge you could even do with your kids.
So, there you have the instructions on making a fake baked cake in crafts! It will make an attractive centerpiece at a party, baby shower, or even a bachelorette party.
Why go to the bother of making a real cake for decoration that no one will get to eat when you can make the perfect fake cake prop?
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