How to Make Fake Ice Cream for Food Photography
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
In this tutorial I produced for B&H, I demonstrate the process of making fake ice cream for food photography. This can be used for a variety of different uses like a background prop or even for a hero shot of ice cream. Using fake food is a helpful way to have a product that holds it's shape for the whole day without having to worry about melting in the heat generated from most studio lights.
The process is simple, utilizing store bought cake frosting and mixing it with powdered sugar to make a thicker texture that mimics ice cream. This can be compacted into a container and then scooped with an ice cream scooper to create scoops of ice cream that have the realistic bark texture that you expect to see on ice cream.
I also used Elmer's Glue and some glycerin to make it appear more "wet" and natural since real ice cream will start to melt at the surface. I mixed the glue with some of the fake ice cream mixture to create the melted portions. I placed this mix in a syringe and had it gently drip over the sides of the scoops.