How to Build Cupcake Stands: A Collection

April 23rd, 2011

If you are looking for a way to make your very own cupcake stand … look no more, I have compiled some of the best instructions on how to build cupcake stands. Scroll down and choose the one that fits your needs.

This is from the Cake Journal . Posted on June 7th, 2007. This blog is ranked 97173 on Alexa, has over 4000 followers and over 11, 000 readers, WOW. The owners name is Louise Winther Dueholm

How to make a cake stand for cupcakes or mini cake

Louise says:

I think when serving cupcakes or mini cakes they look so much better when served on a cake stand. In this tutorial I will show you how to make a cake stand that is very easy and quick to make. You can adapt it to the color or pattern on your cakes. I have used thick gift wrap paper to cover the cake boards. But you could ice your cake boards with rolled sugarpaste/fondant icing instead. Only remember to ice the cake board a few days in advanced so they can dry throughly.

Note: remember when you have assembled the cake stand with cakes on it, not to move it around too much.

This is what I have used:

Cake boards: 1×8″, 1×10″, 1×12″
Note: if you want two more tiers on the stand, you will need 1×14″ + 1×16″ cake boards. Polysthyrene cake dummies each 2″ high in the sizes: 2X6″ and 2×7″ (or if you can get 4″ high dummies, then you will only need 1 of each size)
Note: You will need 2×8″ 2×9″ polysthyrene cake dummies for two more tiers.


Satin ribbon for the cake board and the polysthyrene cake dummies

Thick paper or sugarpaste/rolled fondant icing

Glue stick and craft glue

Metal pins

A pair of scissors

A pencil

Step 1:
Start by glue the dummies together. So they can dry completely.

Step 2:
Take your chosen ribbon, and attach it on the dummies with a metal pin.
Note: you can also glue the ribbon on the dummies if you like.

Step 3:
When the dummies are dry, start by wrapping the ribbon around them so it slightly overlap all the way to the top.
Note: the metal pin on the picture, was only put in so I could take the picture.

Step 4:
Attach the ribbon with a metal pin.

Step 5:
Lay the cake boards on the choosen paper. Take your pencil and draw a line around the board on the paper. Cut out with a pair of scissors.

Step 6:
Take the glue stick and add glue throughly all over the board.

Step 7:
Place the paper cirkel on the cake board and rub it lightly.

Step 8:
Now it is time to attache the ribbon to the side of the cake board. Add a metal pin to just keep the ribbon in place.

Step 9:
If you like you can rub a bit of glue on the side so the ribbon stays in place. End by taking the metal pin and attach it to the overlaps.

Step 10:
Now your cake stand is finished.
Note: I have not assembled my cake stand with glue, but you could do that for an extra safety. If you use iced cake boards you can use royal icing to fix it if you like.

On this cake stand I have used 7″, 10″, 13″ but I would recomend to use the cake board size’s above.

#2 – This post is from Annie’s Eats with an Alex  Rank: 96263. The owner is Annie

How to Make a Cupcake Tower

Posted in How To

A couple of months ago I posted about the Dr. Seuss-themed party I threw for my little man’s second birthday.  In that post, I included pictures of a cupcake tower I constructed for the event.  Then I posted about the wedding cake I made and included a picture of the cupcake towers at the reception.  I have had many requests for instructions on how to make a cupcake tower since these posts appeared.  I apologize for the delay in sharing but I wanted to be sure I had a method that really worked well before sharing it with others.

Let me say right off the bat that this method is simply a rough guideline.  You can adapt this any way you would like to have more tiers, different sizes, different colors of ribbon and paper, etc.  Now I feel happy with my method so here you go – let’s make a cupcake tower!

First, let’s talk about what we need:

  • Something wide and fairly low to act as a base – I use a few styrofoam discs
  • Soup cans to act as supports between the layers – I chose the ones that I think may have been in my pantry since college:)(You can also use styrofoam cylinders as seen in the top left corner, but I prefer the cans for a sturdier end result)
  • Cardboard cake circles, two of each size – I used 12, 10 and 8-inch circles for a three-tiered tower
  • Card stock, for covering the top of each tier (optional), the base and dividing pillars (You could also use fabric or ribbon to cover the base and pillars.)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon for edging the tiers
  • Ruler
  • Paper cutter (optional – just a ruler and pen is sufficient)
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • About 30 minutes of your time (or 45 if you take pictures along the way:))

First, I prepare the base by hot gluing the styrofoam discs together in an even column.

I glue together both cardboard circles of the same size, unfinished sides inward…

To end up with a double layer.

Repeat with the remaining sizes until all the cardboard circles are doubled up.

I trace around each of the cardboard circles onto the card stock that will cover them and cut out the corresponding circle.

Hot glue the card stock circle onto the cardboard circle to cover it and give it a finished look.  (I have also cut around the edges of these circles with decorative scissors to create a scalloped border, adding another detail to the overall look.)

Three pretty covered circles:)

Now I use additional card stock to cover the soup cans that will act as the pillars.  I mark the length of the can and cut a strip on the paper cutter.

Use the hot glue gun to secure the card stock as a tight band around the soup can.  Repeat for the other can.

Do the same for the base.  The glue can be very hot – too hot to touch – so I use a ruler to press the card stock tightly to the surface until the glue has set.

You should have two covered pillars and a base.

Now that all the pieces are put together, we’re ready to assemble the tower.  I’m sure there is some more accurate way to be sure that the base and pillars are perfectly centered, but I don’t have time or patience to worry about that.  For me, it’s more of a Gestalt and I use a few hatch marks in the region of the center to give some guidance.

One thing to keep in mind while assembling all the components is to keep the seams of the card stock covering the base, pillars, and the seams of the ribbon all in the same direction so that they can be the “back” of the tower and stay out of sight, giving it a more finished appearance.

So, hot glue the base in the center of the bottom tier (be sure to glue on the bottom, uncovered side of the cardboard circle).

Then, glue a soup can pillar in the center of that circle.  Again, I just use an eyeball approach to center it and make sure it is balanced.

Glue the next cardboard circle on top of the pillar, making sure to keep the finished side up.  (Since the lid of the soup can is not an even surface, you need to glue around the edges to ensure that the can has firm contact with the cardboard circle.)

And repeat once more until all the pieces are in place.

Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to edge each of the tiers.

Hot glue along the edge of the cardboard circle and press on the ribbon, being careful to keep the top edge even with the surface.  (You do not need to glue along the entire perimeter, just small dabs every few inches or so is fine.)  If your ribbon is somewhat translucent, you may want to consider doing a second layer so that it has a more opaque appearance.  I only used one layer here but I have used double layers in the past depending on the look I am going for.

Repeat with the middle tier, and then the top until…

You have a finished cupcake tower!  And then of course all you need to do is…

Fill it with delicious cupcakes!

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Cupcake Cake Stand: Easter Cupcake Recipe

April 11th, 2011

I was looking for a cupcake recipe for Easter cupcakes and found one on the Food Network. Do you celebrate Easter?  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and you can display your delicious cupcakes, on a beautiful cupcake  cake stand, for your guests on Easter Sunday. Enjoy!!



  • 1 vanilla cupcake, recipe follows
  • About 1/3 cup White Fluff Frosting, recipe follows
  • Green coconut grass, recipe follows
  • 6 small candied malt balls (2 yellow, 2 pink, 2 white)
  • 1 yellow chick peep
  • White Airhead candy


Frost a cupcake with fluff frosting. Press a circle of coconut grass on top. Nestle the malted eggs on top of the grass. Gently press the peep onto the center of the grass. Cut the white Airhead into a 1/2 oval shape; trim one side so it has a cracked egg jagged edge. Place egg next to chick.


Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup cupcake tins with paper liners. (To avoid cupcakes sticking if they overflow slightly, lightly spray the tops of the pans.) Put tins on a baking sheet. Set aside.

Process sugar and butter in a food processor until very creamy, scraping sides as needed, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs and yolks, one at a time, pulsing after each addition. Add the milk, water, and vanilla and process to blend.

Whisk both flours, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients, in 3 batches to the wet, pulsing, and then scraping batter off the sides of the processor as needed after each addition. Process until the batter is very smooth and pour-able like pancake batter, about 2 minutes.

Evenly pour the batter into the prepared cups, filling them 3/4 of the way full. Bake until the cakes are just firm and spring back when gently pressed, and the tops are golden, 18 to 25 minutes. Cool slightly in tin, and turn out of tin when cool enough to handle. Cool cupcakes completely on a rack before frosting.

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes

Ease of preparation: easy

Fluff Frosting:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow fluff
  • Pinch fine salt

Whisk the milk and vanilla extract together in a small bowl.

Slowly beat the butter and sugar, in another medium bowl, with an electric mixer until incorporated. Raise the speed to high and mix until light and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes. (Occasionally turn the mixer off, and scrape the sides of the bowl down with a rubber spatula.) Add the fluff and salt and reduce the speed to low. Add the milk and vanilla mixture, scrape the bowl down, and mix until fully incorporated. Raise the mixer to high and beat briefly until fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. Frost cupcake immediately.

Yield: 3 3/4 cups

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Coconut Easter Grass for Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons liquid green food coloring
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid yellow food coloring

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place a mesh rack on top, if available.

Put coconut in a shallow bowl. While tossing with a large spoon, add food coloring drop by drop until the desired color is reached. A little more green than yellow makes a pretty grass color. Add a few tablespoons water to moisten the mixture and help disperse the color evenly. If the color is too dark, add additional water, as needed, to dilute to the desired color. Drain the coconut in a sieve or strainer.

Spread the coconut in an even layer on the rack, or directly on the lined baking sheet. Place in the oven until dry, about 10 to 15 minutes. Use immediately, or store in covered container for up to 3 days.

Cook’s Note: Food coloring can be messy and can stain your skin. To prevent this, wear latex gloves. You may find it easier to color the coconut in a large zip top plastic bag, tossing it to color evenly.

Yield: 2 cups coconut grass

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How Many Types of Cupcake Stands are There?

March 20th, 2011

How many types of cupcake cake stands are there?

Can the word cupcake stands be used interchangeable for cupcake towers, tiered cupcake stands and cupcake tree stands?

This is what I discovered:

Cupcake tower is another name for cupcake stand. A cupcake stand AKA cupcake tower is an easy and creative way to display your delicious cupcake masterpieces. You can use them for all types of celebrations, birthdays, weddings, or any event.

The number of cupcakes that can be displayed varies from 20 to 100+. They are made from plastic, cardboard,  metal, and acrylic.

Wilton Tall Tier Cupcake Tower

Cupcake Trees

A cupcake tree is like a tree with extending branches. Cupcake trees are elegantly designed from metal and hold each cupcake individually. You cannot remove or rearrange the cupcake holders. Use this cupcake stand if you have enough cupcakes to fill each cupcake holder or your cupcake stand may look off-balance.

Cupcake Tree Stand (Wilton calls this a regular stand)

Cupcake Tree Stand- bare  (Wilton calls this a regular stand)

Tiered Cupcake Stands

Tiered cupcake stands, unlike cupcake tree stands, it will not be noticeable if a level is not filled with cupcakes. Tiered cupcake stands are either round or square, made from plastic, metal, and card board. Some of the cardboards are brightly colored. These stands are ideal for weddings because they have so many levels for displaying the wedding cupcakes. I have seen some with as many as 7 levels.

Square 3-Tier Cupcake

Round Cupcake Stand

I hope this helps you to differentiate between the different cupcake cake stands.


  • Every cupcake display is a cupcake stand
  • Cupcake tower is another name for cupcake stand
  • Not every cupcake stand is a tiered cupcake stand
  • Not every cupcake stand is a cupcake tree stand

A Caveat:

When I visited and some other sites, there doesn’t seem to be a clear distinction between tier, tree, stand, and tower cupcake stands.

On one site, what I would call a tiered cupcake stand was being called a cupcake tree stand.

Oh well, in the long run, the only thing that’s important: There are a wide variety of cupcake cake stands to display your delicious cupcake masterpieces.

To all things cupcakes!

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Eco-Friendly Cupcake Stands Review

March 9th, 2011

What does the term eco-friendly means? Environmentally friendly (also eco-friendly, nature friendly, and green) are synonyms used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies considered to inflict minimal or no harm on the environment – says Wikipedia.

I thought it would be a fun to explore the possibility that the “eco-friendly and the cupcake craze” had united to create some “eco friendly cupcake products.” I was not surprised to learn that there are many eco-friendly products that are part of the cupcake world.

Here are three eco-friendly cupcake cake stands from with a brief “eco-friendly” cupcake cake stands review.

Wedding Eco-Cupcake Stand Square Review – My favorite of the three!

The Wedding Eco-Cupcake Stand

Product Description

The Wedding Eco-Cupcake Stand, is a reusable (double-sided polished wipeable surface), recyclable cupcake tower made of WHITE, recycled sturdy corrugated cardboard. It is lightweight, easy to assemble and store. We all know that the cupcake is basically an icing delivery vehicle and the Eco-Cupcake Stand, designed to allow ample space between each tier (4 inches) for frosting and a cupcake topper.

Decorated Wedding Eco-Cupcake Stand

The Wedding Eco-Cupcake Stands come in square and round and form a perfect design platform to extend the theme of any wedding or other celebration. A bride or hostess can express themselves with their personal touch, and palette, enhancing the theme of their occasion. The Eco-Cupcake Stands, including the space under them, can display up to 200 cupcakes for the round design and up to 125 for the square design. For really large events, people replenish as needed.

Mini Zebra Eco-Cupcake Stand Review

Mini Zebra Eco-Cupcake Stand

Product Features

  • Dimensions top-tier down 8″ 11″ 14″. Holds up to 40 cupcakes. 4″ between tiers,
  • ample room from toppers!
  • Wipe Off and Re-use
  • Made from recycled corrugated cardboard
  • Cover all raw edges with 3/8″ ribbon 2.5 yards
  • Holds 40 cupcakes

Product Description

Decorated Mini Zebra Eco-Cupcake Stand

The Mini Zebra Eco-Cupcake stand is for those who want to serve cupcakes to a smaller crowd and still dazzle. It’s decorated on both sides so you can Re-use, Recycle, and easily store. It’s made from a sturdy recycled corrugated cardboard. All you need to do is add ribbon to the raw edges…3/8 inch and up. Dimensions top-tier down8″ 11″ 14″. It holds up to 40 cupcakes. 4″ between tiers, ample room from toppers!

Mini Polka Dot Eco-Cupcake Stand Review

Mini Polka Dot Eco- Cupcake Stand

Product Features

  • Dimensions top-tier down 10″ 14″ 18.5″ Holds up to 50+ cupcakes. 4″ between
  • tiers, ample room for toppers!
  • Wipe off and re-use
  • Made from recycled Corrugated Cardboard
  • Cover all raw edges with 3/8″ ribbon 3 yards

Decorated Mini Polka Dot Eco- Cupcake

Polka dots are not my cup of tea, however, this cupcake stand, like the other two cupcakes stands, have some important qualities in common:

  • Durability
  • Easy to put together
  • Re-usable
  • Has ample space for your cupcakes with toppers and the most important quality:
  • They are made from recycled corrugated cardboard.

That should put a smile on the eco-friendly crowd.

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Wedding Cupcake Towers: Wedding Cupcake Towers Review

February 24th, 2011

Cupcakes are not becoming popular … they are already popular and they have replaced the traditional wedding cakes at many wedding celebration.

I have seen some amazing wedding cupcake towers. Here are two wedding cupcake towers review. You may want to check these out … if you are ready to take “the plunge.”

Wilton Tall Tier Cupcake Tower/Stand Set

This is a beautifully crafted cupcake stand. It’s sturdy and it holds up to 150 cupcakes.

Product Features

  • Columns measure 6-1/2-inch high; separator plates 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16-inch in diameter; footed base plate 18-inch in diameter.
  • For smaller versions, glue-on legs for 14-or 16-inch base plates are sold separately
  • Twist-apart center columns and strong, interchangeable plates ensure stability
  • All pieces made of durable plastic
  • 13-Piece set includes five columns with 2 bolts, 1 footed base plate, and 5 separator plates

This review is from: Wilton Tall Tier Cupcake Tower/Stand Set (Kitchen) By S. Johnson

Finding a cupcake stand for a wedding can be tough and lets face it, renting is $$. Aside from some of the other reviews on the page I bought it for a wedding display. It was perfect! I can see what people maybe confused about this product but I was able to see beyond them. First off it is easy to put together and apart. Please take note it is plastic and it comes with a lace pattern around each plate. I know others have bought this for cupcake unsure of how many it will hold. I say about 125-150 will do well, anymore would be overload.

If your plan is to us this a few times for weddings and parties, go for it. If you are a baker looking for a weekly use, best make your own with wood.

Acrylic Cupcake Stand

Product Features

  • Holds between 80 – 100 cupcakes or fits most wedding cake designs
  • Made a extremely durable 1/4 inch FF Acrylic. Stair step look
  • Assembles in minutes and stores flat.
  • Great for buffet stands
  • Can be custom made with Heart shape plates, Square plates, etc

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Review: Cupcake Tree Stands

February 20th, 2011

These cupcake tree stands are not my favorite … here’s a review because someone may favor one or all of them. You know what they say “one man’s meat is another man’s poison” or something along those lines. Two of these, even though they are not my favorite, I give a thumbs up because they are eco-friendly.

When it comes to pricing, in comparison to one of my favorite cupcake cake stands from Cake Stackers™, these fall in the lower price range category.

Product Features – not eco-friendly

3 tier cupcake stand/tree.

Made of Styrofoam, keep away from fire or flame

Holds 36-48 cupcakes

Designed to be single use,

but sturdy enough for multiple uses if careful

Product Description – Styrofoam 2 tier cupcake stand/treat tree.

This 2 tier cupcake stand is disposable, but if used gently can last longer than one party. top tier is 8.5 inches square (7.5 inches inner tray) and the bottom tier is 14 inches square (13 inches inner tray.

Product Features

made out of styrofoam

fits upto 24 cupcakes

made for one time use

made by bakery crafts

Here is the 3 tier version.

Martha Stewart Collection Cupcake Tree

Product Features – eco-friendly

Hand wash in hot, soapy water and hand dry

Holds 18 cupcakes or treats

Product Description – eco-friendly

Cupcakes don’t grow on trees, but they do make a fabulous display when presented as one. Plant this collapsible, white-coated metal stand on your table and fill each branch with your favorite frosted treat, ripe for the picking. Limited lifetime warranty.

Cupcake/Dessert Tree

Product Features – eco-friendly

3-tiers covered in embossed white foil
Topped with a white foil heart
Holds 2-3 dozen cupcakes

Product Features
3-tiers covered in embossed white foil Topped with a white foil heart Holds 2-3 dozen cupcakes

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Cake Stackers™: Cupcake Cake Stands Review

February 18th, 2011

Cake Stackers™ is a company I stumbled upon in my quest to find unusual Cupcake Cake Stands. There are so many types of cupcake cake stands to choose from – if you’re as indecisive as I am – it could take sometime to decide on THE one. Cupcake Cake Stand reviewed a beautifully crafted Cupcake Tower that was designed by Cake Stackers™.

At Cake Stackers™ you design  your cupcake tower for the exact number of cupcakes you need to display. Cake Stackers™designed it so that your cupcake cake stand matches the number of cupcakes, not the other way around.

What I love about this product is that I can design it for how many cupcakes I want to display.  As stated in the first article I posted on this blog, I first became aware of cupcake stands when I was planning my grand-daughter’s birthday. I was new to the world of cupcakes and all the trimmings. I bought three cupcake cake stands to display the cupcakes.  One cupcake tower,  from Cake Stackers,  would  have done the job.  You can get full details about this product here.

The Cake Stackers™ company have many happy customers who have become raving fans.

This is what Mandy, one of their happy customers, had to say about the cupcake tower.

“Thank you so much for my Cake Stackers system! I specialize in cupcakes and this cupcake stand system is so wonderful!

I just adjust the cupcake stand size to fit the number of cupcakes I need for each event.

Here is one that holds 100 cupcakes with an 8″ cake top. Thank you again for offering a great product!”

See their new Cake Stackers cake support system that’s turning the cake decorating world upside down!

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Stampin’ Up! Tutorial~Cupcake Holder.MOD

January 4th, 2011

Learn how to make this Cupcake Holder with me! Visit my blog for details of supplies used and were to purchase! Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Holly Krautkremer My Blog My Stampin’ Up! Website… Thanks for watching! Holly

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6 Table Top Flower Tips by Nico De Swert | Pottery Barn

December 31st, 2010

Pottery Barn Style Expert Nico De Swert shows how to create inventive tabletop arrangements that are simple and affordable to create but truly unique.

Hurricane Candle Holders:
Cake stands:

Duration : 0:2:39

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How Would You Like to Create Your Own Cupcake Stand for $5 or Less?

December 30th, 2010

Watch as Star from Hello Cupcake in Northwood Village creates a professional looking cupcake stand from cake rounds, colored cups and a little glue! For less than $5 and in under 5 minutes you be your own pastry chef! Located at 521 Northwood Road

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