01 April 2021
In this tutorial by Maive Ferrando, learn how to make delightful miniature strawberry cupcakes using polymer clay for your dolls house or miniature scene!
Get your miniature bakery ready with these classic vanilla cupcakes with strawberry and chocolate icing, and juicy strawberries on top. The strawberries require a steady hand, but the end result is beyond mouth-watering!
Miniature strawberry cupcakes tutorial
By Maive Ferrando
You will need
- Polymer clay in pink, brown, olive green, light yellow, translucent
- FIMO liquid (or other liquid clay)
- Acrylic paints
- FIMO gloss (or other water-based varnish)
- Silicone mould putty
- Small embossing tools
- Needle tool/fine ended tools
- Small paintbrushes
- Blades & craft knife
1. After mixing and conditioning some light yellow clay with some translucent, fill in your cupcake mould to the top.
Cupcake moulds can be bought from specialised shops or you can make your own master cupcake liner from polymer clay and made a mould using silicone mould putty.
2. Add a small disc-shaped piece of the same clay on top, press it down giving it a domed shape and texture it with a toothbrush. Make as many as you need and bake them in the moulds for 10 minutes at the recommended temperature.
3. Using the same clay, roll it into a strand and cut even pieces to make the strawberries. Roll each piece into a ball, place it on the end of a needle tool or toothpick and shape it. Using another fine ended tool, gently poke tiny indentations to create the illusion of seeds. Bake for 10 minutes at the recommended temperature.
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4. Once baked and cool, paint the strawberries with red acrylic paint and a little dark red/carmine starting from the tip and blending it downwards. Let dry.
Top tip! You can bake the strawberries on the same toothpicks where you sculpted them using some scrunched up tin foil as a base, or gently push them off the needle tool with a craft knife, rotating the needle so as to keep the shape of the strawberry and resting the strawberries on the base (where the hole is) to bake them – this will avoid distorting the shape or ruining the seeds.
5. Once all the strawberries are dry, take some olive green clay and press it on your worktop. Use a small embossing tool to poke and crush the clay into small leaf-like pieces. Attach the little pieces to the strawberries with a little FIMO liquid.
6. To make the cupcakes look baked, take some acrylic paint in ecru/light beige/raw sienna and paint the bottom two thirds or so of the cupcake liners. Don't forget to paint the bases as well. Using a smaller brush, paint the edges of the sponge, blending it towards the centre with a little water.
7. Once the paint is dry, mix pink clay (and brown for chocolate) with some FIMO liquid until you get a consistency like icing and spread it on the cupcakes. Add the strawberries and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool and apply a layer of varnish, even a couple on the strawberries to make them look extra glossy and decadent.
And there you have it! Sit back and admire your work...