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Cupcake Cakes

Updated on November 20, 2012

Beautiful Cupcake Cakes

A wonderful new trend is emerging in the cake industry... cupcake cakes! They are quickly becoming a popular alternative to a standard layer cake. With so many imaginative options, there really are cupcake cakes to suit everyone.

They can be decorated individually or as a whole to create a larger image. Occasions can include Birthdays, Graduations, Bridal Showers, Engagements, Anniversaries, Weddings, Baby Showers, Work Functions, Christenings and more.

Cupcake cakes are catching on fast and most people enjoy a delicious cupcake. Whether you're 8 or 80, there is something delightful about selecting your own individual cupcake to enjoy. Children often get a smile from ear to ear at the very mention of cupcakes and for adults they can evoke fond childhood memories.

Add the bonus of simple serving without the need for cutting or plates and cupcakes cakes are a real winner.

Read on for some fun and delicious cupcake cake ideas to inspire you to create a masterpiece.

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Au Chocolat, Chocolat...

Au Chocolat, Chocolat...
Au Chocolat, Chocolat...

Cupcake Cake Theme Ideas

Larger image themes can be animals, cartoon characters, hobbies, flowers, or even favourite sports. Read on for step by step videos on how to make a turtle cupcake cake and football cupcake cake!

Or cupcakes can be decorated individually for an overall theme. For example a little girl may love ballerinas, so a ballerina themed cupcake cake with tiny fondant ballet slippers, tutus, ribbons and tiaras would be ideal.

Find your inspiration here and use your imagination to create the perfect theme for you.

Cupcake Engagement Cakes

For busy brides to be, a cupcake engagement cake can be a more flexible option in terms of choice, design and cost. Cupcakes allow you to have different flavours, colours and decoration with a variety of themes to suit.

From casual and relaxed to elegant and sophisticated, cupcakes can be presented in your very own style. Your cupcake specialty baker can discuss many ideas and options and can create something unique for you and your partner.

Depending on how creative and skilled in the kitchen they are, some brides to be will even choose to make their own. With a little help from the bridesmaids or mum, a gorgeous display of cupcakes can be made with love. This can be a great way to reduce costs, not to mention a fun girlie bonding activity.

These cupcake engagement cakes were lovingly made in a white, pale pink and red theme. They were decorated with tiny love hearts, silver cachous and flowers. They were displayed on stunning glass cupcake stands embellished with crystal edging.

They were quite a talking feature of the engagement party and indulged in by all.

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Cupcake Stands

Create a striking display with these gorgeous cupcake stands

Cupcake cakes can also be displayed on magnificent tiered cupcake stands with a cutting cake on the top tier to complete the cake. This can be a nice option which really makes the cake a striking feature on the table.

So after you've baked your delicious cupcakes you'll need to display them in an extravagant fashion fit for the occasion. Have a look at these super stylish options.

White and Pink Beaded Multi Cake Stand
White and Pink Beaded Multi Cake Stand

A beautiful soft white cupcake stand with pink and clear crystals that sparkle in the light. An elegant stand that everyone will be in awe of.

Grasslands Road Just Desserts 10-3/4-Inch Cupcake 2 Tiered Pedestal Cake Plate
Grasslands Road Just Desserts 10-3/4-Inch Cupcake 2 Tiered Pedestal Cake Plate

This ceramic cupcake stand would make an eye catching centerpiece . Fill with mini or regular sized cupcakes for any celebration.

Midwest CBK White Twelve Arm Cupcake Tower
Midwest CBK White Twelve Arm Cupcake Tower

A stunning jewel embellished cupcake stand that holds 12 cupcakes. This sturdy design also comes in black. See below.

Midwest CBK Black Twelve Arm Cupcake Tower
Midwest CBK Black Twelve Arm Cupcake Tower

A stunning jewel embellished cupcake stand that holds 12 cupcakes. This sturdy design also comes in white. See above.


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Cupcake Wedding Cakes

Many brides are starting a gorgeous new tradition when it comes to their wedding cake. The traditional marzipan covered fruit cake is being chosen less and less and instead, brides are dazzling their guests with beautiful creations that taste as amazing as they look. The cupcake wedding cake is a stunning option for the modern bride. With endless icing colours and unique display options, it makes an unforgettable feature at any beautiful wedding.

Another wonderful advantage of the cupcake wedding cake is the option of having different flavoured cupcakes. You may like to keep things simple with classic vanilla, or alternate with chocolate or the flavour of your choice.

Many brides are seeing fantastic opportunity to colour match the icing or topping of their cupcake wedding cake to their bridesmaid dresses or overall theme colour of their wedding. They can simply take a sample of their chosen colour to their cake designer who will uniquely colour match it to create a truly memorable wedding cake.

The display options are generally on an elaborate tier stacked tower or stand and the effect can be breathtaking.

A small cutting cake usually tops and completes the cupcake wedding cake. A stunning flower arrangement can be added to complete the overall look. This can again be colour coded to match the bride's own bouquet or colour of the bridesmaid dresses and really takes the cupcake wedding cake to a new level of eloquence.

The modern bride can create her own vision with so many wonderful options and cupcake ideas and is experimenting more and more to create a truly magical experience for her and her guests.

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Wherefore art thou Chocolat?

Wherefore art thou Chocolat?
Wherefore art thou Chocolat?

Cupcake Cake Designs

This is where you can really unleash your creativity. Each cupcake can be decorated and displayed together to create the illusion of a layer cake (see turtle cupcake cake video below), or decorated individually to create an overall theme.

Inspiration can be found in a favourite hobby, activity, sport, pet, food or holiday destination. Anywhere really, the sky's the limit.

Even adults are experimenting with this delightful trend. You may find tiny fondant golf clubs, reading glasses and champagne bottles scattered over the cupcakes in an extravagant fashion.

And why not? A cake should be a celebration of life. The beauty of cupcake cakes is you can choose any theme you like.

Delicious Cupcake Flavours

This gorgeous cupcake book has given me so much inspiration and is filled with wonderful decorating and flavour ideas. There are cupcake ideas for festive and seasonal occasions, birthdays, weddings and all sorts of celebrations.

Some of the mouth watering flavours include Classic Vanilla, Classic Chocolate, Lemon, Caramel, Peanut Butter, Strawberries and Cream, Coconut, Raspberry, Chocolate and Banana, Chocolate Orange, and more.

They even teach you how to make delicious fluffy buttercreams to suit all their cupcake flavours and how to apply it!

Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery
Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery

Warning - this delectable cupcake book will make you hungry...


Cupcake Baby Shower Cakes

Cupcakes are a lovely choice for a baby shower. They can be decorated simply or extravagantly and can add a nice touch to this celebration. A lovely option for a cupcake baby shower cake is to choose a blue or pink colour theme and decorate each cupcake with all things for a baby boy or girl.

Many gorgeous decorations can be made out of fondant or buttercream and you can use your imagination to dream up your theme. Decorations can include pink ribbons, blue teddy bears, tiny bottles, rattles and bibs to name a few.

These baby shower cupcakes were hand piped to create a lace effect and finished with blue swirls. They were baked in silver foil cases and looked stunning.

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Cake Decorating Essentials - Learn how to create your own masterpieces

It's easy once you know how and have the right equipment. Unleash your creative side, the opportunities are endless.

Wilton Decorating Basics Course 1 English
Wilton Decorating Basics Course 1 English

This book is the foundation upon which your decorating skills will develop. Learn how to prepare a decorating bag, colour your icing and use the decorating tips to create Rosettes, Drop Flowers, Pompom Flowers, Leaves and Shaggy Mums.

Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set
Wilton 2104-7778 Master Tip Set

With more than 50 tips included in this cake decorating set, you are limited only by your imagination. Garlands, rosettes, stars, flower petals and more. If you can dream it up there's a tip designed for the job. The set comes packaged in a white plastic storage tray to keep tips and tools organised in a drawer.

Wilton Disposable 16-Inch Decorating Bags, 12 Pack
Wilton Disposable 16-Inch Decorating Bags, 12 Pack

Disposable decorating bags made from strong, flexible plastic. Fits standard tips and couplers. Large size means you can add a lot of frosting without constant re-filling.


Cupcake Birthday Cakes

This fun cupcake birthday cake was pieced together to create a simple puzzle cake.

For a bigger cake you could add more cupcakes around the outside and perhaps decorate with the birthday boy's favourite things. Options could be tractors, trains, farm animals, cars or blue sprinkles.

Serving was simple and they tasted great!

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Cupcake Carrier - Clever Transport and Storage Solution

Transport your freshly baked cupcakes in a handy cupcake courier. It can carry up to 36 cupcakes in a 3 tiered secure carry case or tiers can be removed to transport a layer cake.

It comes in a variety of gorgeous colours and is a fantastic way to get your cupcakes from A to B without transport disasters. Discover how this cupcake carrier is making life easier for busy mums everywhere.

Cupcake Cake Video - How To Make A Cupcake Football Cake

Fun Cupcake Essentials

Find out the secrets from the girls at DC Cupcakes about how to make a giant guitar shaped cupcake cake!

Add a little cupcake glamour to your party with these adorable cupcake themed party ideas.

DC Cupcakes Season 2
DC Cupcakes Season 2

See the sisters build a giant nine foot glow in the dark guitar cupcake cake for a sweet sixteen party.

16-Count Paper Lunch Napkins, Sweet Treats
16-Count Paper Lunch Napkins, Sweet Treats

Too cute cupcake napkins to serve with your cupcake cake.

Dozen Paper Red & White Striped Cupcake Wrappers
Dozen Paper Red & White Striped Cupcake Wrappers

Dress up your cupcakes with gorgeous red and white striped cupcake wrappers.


Do It Yourself

Make any party or celebration extra-special with these easy to make cupcake cakes. They're simple to serve and every guest can enjoy their own cupcake without any cutting, forks or plates. Perfect for all ages!

Cupcake Cakes
Cupcake Cakes

Full of great cupcake cake ideas with simple instructions and full colour photos.


Thanks For Your Visit - Which Cupcake Cake Would You Like To Take A Bite Of?

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      @JEMArtistry: JEMArtistry - are you "passing your kids out" at their parties... It must make it quieter - LOL

    • TransplantedSoul profile image


      6 years ago

      These look like litte pieces of art (which might not be around for too long).

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      6 years ago

      Everything looks yummy but given the chance I will try the Engagement cupcakes first.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      All of them!

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      6 years ago

      I'd love a bite from those Engagement Cupcakes, lovely job!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love the idea of cupcakes instead of one big cake. Easier to eat, taste every bit as yummy and you don't even need utensils to eat them with. :)

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      6 years ago

      A great fresh idea.

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      6 years ago

      Definitely fun ideas - but I'm a sucker for any ideas pertaining to cupcakes. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great cupcake ideas!

    • JEMArtistry profile image


      6 years ago

      I like to make cupcakes for birthday parties for my kids. It makes passing them out much easier! :)


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