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How to Build a Cupcake Tower

Updated on February 22, 2014
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Football shaped cupcake tower loaded with cupcakesFootball shaped cupcake tower
Football shaped cupcake tower loaded with cupcakes
Football shaped cupcake tower loaded with cupcakes | Source
Football shaped cupcake tower
Football shaped cupcake tower | Source

Have you ever watched the show Cupcake Wars?

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My wife loves to watch Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. Each episode features four of the top cupcake makers from around the country. They must compete through three elimination rounds only with the winner still standing. In the final round, the final two contestants must bake their cupcakes for an event and the winner will have the privileged to display their cupcakes at that event. The unique part of this round is that the contestants need to design a cupcake display shelf where they will fill it with their cupcakes. The display shelf needs to fit into the theme of the event. Watching this show led my wife and me to come up with a great idea to build a football themed cupcake tower for our Super Bowl party that we host every year.

Building a Football Shaped Cupcake Tower

Cupcake towers can be as complex or as simple as you want to make them. The football shaped cupcake tower is simple and easy to build. You will only need the following tools:

  • Jig saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill
  • Hot glue gun

Supply List for Cupcake Tower

4" x 8" x 1/2" Sheet of MBF
1" x 4" x 6'
3/8" x 36" Dowel Rod
1/4" x 36" Dowel Rod
Crystal Light or Equivalent Container
Pkg of Colored Electric Tape
Paint Colors of your choice.
* Only need a 12" piece of this, feel free to use scrap would if you have it.

Cupcake Decorating Set

Cupcake Tower Plans
Cupcake Tower Plans | Source

Building the Shelves for Cupcake Tower

Take the 4’ x 8’ sheet of MBF and lay it on a flat surface. Draw out a football shape that is 20 inches long and 12 inches wide. Next draw another football that is 18” long and 11” wide. Finally, draw out a third football that is 16” long and 10” wide. Cut out each of the footballs using a jig saw. Take your time cutting them and be sure to be as accurate as possible. Using a 3/8” drill bit, drill a hole through the center of the smallest football. Sand the top and edges of each piece when finished. Try to round out any imperfections. Set them aside for now.

Crystal Lite cans & Colored Electrical Tape
Crystal Lite cans & Colored Electrical Tape | Source

Building the Goalpost for Cupcake Tower

Creating the goalpost is the trickiest part. Take the 1” x 4” x 6’ board and cut it to a length of 12” using the table saw or a miter saw if you have one. Next, rip it to a width of ¾”. Clamp the piece to a table to prevent it from spinning and drill a hole about a half inch deep in the center of the 12” x ¾” x ¾” using a 3/8” drill bit. Try not to go all the way through. Unclamp the piece, turn it over, and re-clamp it. Next, using a ¼” drill bit, drill a hole on each end of the board. This will be where the uprights are inserted. Again, try to not go all the way through. Now take the 3/8” dowel rod and cut off a 5 ½” piece using either a table saw or a miter saw. Finally, take the ¼”dowel rod and cut off two 10” pieces.

Painting Instructions for the Cupcake Tower

The next step is to paint the football shaped shelves any way that you like. We choose to paint ours like a traditional football, but if you want to get fancy, paint your team’s favorite logo on there. Another great idea is if you are not a great painter, paint a solid background and use stickers to finish decorating it. Paint the goal post pieces either yellow or white. Finally, wrap the two Crystal Light or equivalent round containers with the colored electrical tape. We did one in blue to represent the NFC and the other in red to represent the AFC so that we could reuse the tower every year, but you could use your favorite team’s colors if you want to.

Cupcake Tower Assembly Instructions

We are finally ready to put the football shaped cupcake display tower together. Plug in the hot glue gun and allow it to warm up. Take the large football shelf and set it down face up. Grab one of the Crystal Light containers, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the container, and stick it in the middle of the largest shelf. Apply some pressure and wipe off any excess glue. Wait a few minutes so that the glue can form a good bond before moving on. Next, apply glue to the top of the Crystal Light can and carefully place the middle-sized shelf on top of the can. Be sure that you are as close to the center as possible. Apply pressure and wait a few minutes for it to try. Take the other Crystal Light can, apply glue to the bottom, and stick it to the center of the medium football. Hold in place for a minute or so. Now, apply glue to the top of the can and place the smallest football on top of the can as close to center as possible. Next, take the 3/8” dowel rod that you cut along with the piece with the holes in it, put some glue in the large hole, and slide the dowel rod into it. Do the same thing for the two smaller dowel rods once the first one has dried. Apply glue in the hole in the center of the smallest football and insert the goalpost into it. Now the cupcake tower is complete.

Additional Thoughts

It is a good idea not to carry the cupcake holder using the Crystal Light containers. The best bet is to pick it up by the bottom shelf and carry it. As you can see in the picture above, we added a helmet cutout and a football cutout and attached them to the goal post for added decorations. We also glued three knobs underneath the tower to make it easier to pick up.

The great thing about building things like this you can take a basic design and decorate it however, you want. Now all that is left is to bake some cupcakes to fill the tower.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I love Cupcake Wars, too. I wish there was a new season and not repeats. This is a great idea for parties and other special occasion celebrations. Voted up for awesome!

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      Eric Cramer 5 years ago from Chicagoland

      Thanks! My wife gets all the credit for the idea on this one.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very awesome and well put together hub and so well written. Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

    • wabash annie profile image

      wabash annie 5 years ago from Colorado Front Range

      I am so impressed by your creativity! Thanks for sharing.