Today I want share how you can make a basic kawaii cupcake and what supplies you need. Cupcakes were one of the first charms I started making back when I first discovered polymer clay. To this day they are still my favorite charm to make, just because the opportunities are endless, much like with real cupcakes!
I’ve made some step by step collages showing how to just make a plain vanilla cupcake with some pink frosting. Most of my cupcakes today have a lot more details to them, but I thought sharing this simple one would be great for people just starting out with clay.
Supplies you’ll need for this cupcake, and where I bought mine:
- Fimo in the colors Vanilla, Chocolate and Pastel Light Pink from Craftcellar
- Fimo Liquid from Craftcellar
- Dotting tools from Ebay
- X-ACTO knife from a local hardware store, but you can also get them from Ebay
- Flexible cutting blade from Craftcellar
- A tool for spreading the icing. I am using a stainless steel tool like this from Ebay
- Lobster clasp from Miniaturesweethk
- Split jumpring from Miniaturesweethk
- Screw eyepin from Miniaturesweethk
- Silicone mold size 14mm from Miniaturesweethk
- Poluyrethane gloss Varnish from Ebay
- Pin needle
- Cheap tooth brush for texturing
- Brush for glazing
Before you begin make sure you have a clean work surface. I have a glass plate that’s originally meant to be a magnet pin board. Then I usually put a simple white paper and a kitchen tile on top. I love the kitchen tile because I can spin it around as I am working. You don’t need all these things that I use though. Just a simple white paper goes along way. I also use a piece of white scrap clay that I roll between my hands and fingers to get any dust off before I start. I do this quite regularly in between making the cupcake. If I touch anything else when working with the vanilla clay you can be sure there is dust on my fingers. Its a never ending circle even though you think your hands seem clean.
Step 1: I am using a cupcake mold from Miniaturesweethk in the size 14mm. I bought my first cupcake mold from them years ago and to this day it still works just as good. I own 6 of these now so I can make more than one at a time. Of course, you can make the cupcake base form simply using a needle tool, but personally I love the look the mold makes.
Step 2: Start by cutting off a piece of the vanilla colored clay, if you are using a 14mm mold you don’t need much.
Step 3: Form it into a ball.
Step 4 and 5: Put it into the mold and press the clay gently down.
Step 5: Make sure the cupcake base is filled all the way with clay by pressing the ball flat on top
Step 6: Gently remove any excess with a cutting blade. Be carefull not to cut the mold. I’ve done this a bunch of times because I’ve been to careless. Now it doesn’t necessarily ruin the mold so that you can’t use it again, but over time it will tear it down since the mold is made from flexible silicone.
Step 7: I usually tap my fingers on top of this to make sure its filled completely before adding the top part.
Step 8: Roll out a little ball of the same colored clay. I’ve struggled a lot with this part. What is too little clay and what is too much clay for the top? I’ve learned that you don’t really need that much. If your top part is too large it will end up looking wonky and often crocked.
Step 9: Once you have the desired amount of clay take the ball and place it on to the middle of the mold and press it lightly down.
Step 10: Make sure that the cupcake is securely in place by pressing it down all the way around. Also make sure that its centered and that there is no side of it that is pointy. Its should be a smooth circle.
Step 11: I didn’t add q-tips to the supply list, but it’s quite handy to have some q-tips and a little rubbing alcohol. Use this to quickly clean off the dust.
Step 12 and 13: Add texture to the cupcake using a cheap tooth brush. I love this technique! It adds a realistic texture to the cupcake for sure. Texture the whole top part lightly. I’ve found that there is a fine line between texturing too much and texturing too little and I don’t like it being overly textured.
Step 14: Then there is the eyes. To be honest, this takes a lot of practice to get right. I still struggle with mine. Use a dotting tool of the size you want your eyes to be. Make sure you don’t place the eyes too low on the cupcake. You’ll notice that that will make the cupcake wonky looking at the bottom part of the top. Push the dotting tool lightly in making it the size you want.
Step 15: Once you’ve made your first eye carefully mark where you want your other eye to be. Make sure that it’s lined up with the first eye you made before pushing the dotting tool to far in! It will save you a lot of time. If you just gently mark it and it’s too low or too high, just use your tooth brush and texture over it and try again.
Step 16 and 17: When you are happy with the placement push it in like the first one and try to make it the same size. At this step I usually dot both eyes a little just to make sure they are the same size. Then you’re done with the indents!
Step 18: Roll out two small brown balls of clay and place them into the indents.
Step 19: It may take a few tries to get them to exactly fit the indents.
Step 20 and 21: For the mouth roll out a small snake of brown clay. Roll it as thin as you can get it without it breaking.
Step 22: Cut off a small piece.
Step 23: Gently curve the piece using a pin needle and your fingers.
Step 24 and 25: Carefully place the mouth on to the cupcake, make sure it is centered. Then curve it some more if you need to by using your pin needle. I get a lot of questions about the mouth and how I do it. Honestly I used to struggle so much with this part. Now I don’t struggle as much, but it’s still the most challenging thing about the whole cupcake.
Step 26: For the icing I used some pink clay for this cupcake.
Step 27: Chop it up into small pieces, the more you chop it up the easier the process of making the icing smooth will be.
Step 28: I like to use a plastic box to mix it all in because it lets me hold the box and use the walls to crush the lumps. Plus the liquid is quite sticky and it can easily get messy.
Step 29: Add fimo liquid with the clay.
Step 30: Start mixing these two until you get a smooth icing like consistency without any lumps.
Step 31 and 32: I just included these two steps so that you can see what it looks like during the process. If you think its to thin just add more clay and if its to thick more liquid.
Step 33: Once you’re happy with the consistency start adding it to your cupcake.
Step 34: I am using a stainless clay carving tool that has one flat end perfect for adding icing. Try starting out at the absolute center of the cupcake.
Step 35: Carefully swirl it around and around adding a little bit at a time. I always end up adding to much in the end so my tip is “less is more” for this part.
Step 36: If you want to make it into a charm I highly recommend these screw eyepins. I am using a silver plated one in the size 5.5x12mm.
Step 37: Place the eyepin at the center of the cupcake and press it lightly down.
Step 38: Twist it carefully down into the cupcake.
After this bake your charm according to package instructions and let it cool completely. I bake mine at 110 degrees celcius for about 30 minutes.
Step 39: When the charm is cold, I use a glaze to make it shiny. The one I use is poluyrethane gloss varnish and I usually add two coats.
Step 40: Add a jumpring if you want the option to use it as a necklace, keychain etc. I use a split jumpring for all my charms. That way I am sure that the charm won’t fall off. I have added a lobster clasp to the cupcake in this tutorial. It’s great to use a clasp like this if you want to hook it onto something.
Step 41: It can be hard to get the charm and lobster clasp on to the jumpring because it’s so thight. I usually just use a pin needle and place it between the split so it creates a space where I can push the clasp and the charm on.
Step 42: This is what it looks like from the top once all the parts are connected.
Step 43: And this is what it looks like from the front.
Then its done! Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Once you’ve mastered the basics of making a cupcake theres so many options you can add to it. Today my cupcakes usually have eyelashes, blush and more different toppings added to them. I made a tutorial for a more advanced one on my youtube that you can watch if you want to. Or you could check out my Instagram that has a ton of different ones!