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Cupcake Stands You'll Love!
The Cupcake Tower - A Little Piece Of Cake Perfection!
On this page you will find stands that are perfect for children's parties, wedding cakes, afternoon tea and just about every other celebration that you can think of.
Whether you want a pretty stand or something classical and simple there are suggestions for every style and taste.
The great thing about cupcake towers is that they are able to transform your creations into something just a little more special than a batch of cakes alone. 100 chicly decorated cupcakes may look beautiful, but add a towering, classic eye-catching tower and suddenly they are a gorgeous wedding cake. You can even add a whole, round cake to the top layer if you prefer, just to give your cake a little extra elegance.
Sometimes a plain cupcake just isn't enough. Martha shares 175 ideas to jazz your baking up and make something a little different. Ok, you might not be Martha Stewart yourself but you can bake like her when you follow these fantastic recipes.
The Classic Cupcake Stand
No one should cupcake without one!
With a classic cupcake tower you know that it is something that can be used time and time again. Not only can it be used for cupcakes, but if you choose the right stand you can also use some layers for delicate sandwiches and pastries and create the perfect, elegant afternoon tea. I was recently lucky enough to visit Raffles in Singapore for afternoon tea and it was all served up on elegant white stands just like the ones on this page. (If you ever get the chance to do this, do it! It is a wonderful afternoon tea, albeit expensive, and try the long bar too if you get the chance)
When choosing what to buy try to think about the number of people that you will normally be entertaining. If it is just a small number of guests, or is just for your own family's use then a smaller stand might be perfect for you. If you are likely to be serving a large number of people, or a full afternoon tea for several guests you might prefer one of the beautiful larger stands.
It's worth remembering when you are choosing a cupcake stand to be used time and time again, that they generally look nicer when they are fully laden. Empty layers do not look as chic or tempting as those laden with delicious looking food. For this reason, if you are in doubt it is worth choosing something a little smaller.
Beautiful Classic Cupcake Stands
Wilton 23-Count 4-Tier Metal Dessert Stand
Wilton 4-Tier Stacked Cupcake and Dessert Tower
Wilton 307-859 3-Tier Cakes N More Party Stand
This sells more on Amazon than any other tower they sell! Each cake is held in its own wire compartment and it's versatile enough for any theme. The downside is that you can't put sandwiches or cookies on it as it doesn't have flat surfaces so you can't use it for afternoon tea.
Children's Birthday Cupcake Stands...
For many children the birthday cake is all about a theme. For my own daughters this year, nothing was more important than that they should have a Hannah Montana themed birthday cake.
Birthday cakes for children can be tricky though. Not only does my daughter love Hannah Montana, so do all of her friends as well. This means that cutting a large birthday cake can be an exercise in itself just to make sure everybody ends up happy, with the right piece of decoration on their slice.
Cupcakes are fantastic in that they eliminate this problem altogether. Each child can have their own, identically decorated one. Even if the cupcakes are relatively plain- simply decorated with a plain icing with a few sprinkles, the right stand can pull it all together and add the theming that the birthday child would want.
Below are a selection of cupcake towers that are themed for children. Of course another idea is to have a simple stand and theme cakes themselves. Either works just as well for a childrens party.
Wilton 1510-1008 Princess Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Disney Fairies Cakescapes Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Spongebob Squarepants Cupcakes Stand Kit
Wilton Sports Cupcake Stand Kit
WILTON BABY FEET CUPCAKE STAND 1004-1492
More Children's stands
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Want something a little PINKER? This is the cupcake stand for you. Bubblegum pink and with a dose of Princess on the top this is a cupcake stand that a small girl would love.
Love Mickey? You'll love this cupcake tower. Perfect for boys and girls, it's great for a mixed sex party.
Vote for your favourite!...
Which do you prefer?
Wedding Cupcake Stands
The Elegant Wedding Cake Alternative
Once upon a time cupcakes at a wedding were unheard of. These days though they are an increasingly popular way to create a stylishly beautiful wedding cake.
The great thing about them is that there is no need for the cake to be sliced. The cakes are pre-made in exactly the right numbers and proportions for serving. This can save time for waiting staff at a wedding allowing them to focus more on the other needs of your guests.
Another wonderful thing about wedding cupcakes is that they can be made in a variety of versions to suit every different taste and dietary requirement. This means even people who are gluten free or have other dietary needs get to share in the cake. Different cakes can also be made for children attending.
Many bride and grooms choose to have a cake where the top layer is a single sponge cake with theming matching the cupcakes. This allows them to have the traditional "cutting the cake" pictures. One important thing to remember about wedding cupcakes is that the tower does not have to be large enough to hold all of the cakes. Extra boxes can be kept in the kitchens and brought out in time to serve the guests. However do remember that a half empty stand will not look as good. If you have your heart set on a stand but not enough cupcakes to fill it, make sure that you have enough fresh flowers so that the stand still looks beautiful.
Although cupcake wedding cakes can be just as expensive as a regular wedding cake they are one area in which a bride on a budget can make a saving. Choosing a simple tower and purchasing simply iced cakes and then adding finishing floral touches yourself can result in a beautiful stand which will not cost thousands of dollars.
Wedding Cupake Stands
Clear so that your elegant cupcakes are the star of the show. This is good if your cakes are likely to be either classic or slightly flamboyant.
Beautiful and elegant, this is perfect for a sophisticated wedding style. Just imagine your beautiful wedding cupcakes stacked on it. To emulate a traditional wedding cake shape it is square.
Cupcake Wrappers - An Extra Special Touch
It was only recently that I discovered these wrappers but I am thrilled that I have. They are the perfect finishing touch for a beautiful cupcake. Of course, for everyday cakes they certainly aren't necessary. My daughters trot off to school with a plain one in their bag every week. However, for those extra special occasions a wrapper can make all the difference in making your cupcakes look - just so!
As well as children's wrappers like the one to the right, there are delicate filigree wrappers that are perfect for a wedding or an extra special celebration afternoon tea. If you are really handy you could also make your own, or buy plain ones and decorate them yourself or get your child to if you have one.
Chic Little Cupcake Wrappers...
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This is delicate and pretty and will make your cupcakes look just so. They have a pearly sheen to make them that bit more special. Perfect for wedding cupcakes too if you are DIYing your own wedding cakes.
Delicate and sophisticated, this wrapper is just right for elegant cupcakes. With a sophisticated icing it will make the perfect gift.
Perfectly princessly, great for a sophisticated princess. Add a cupcake with a pink or blue icing and your Princess theme will be positively perfect!
Cute as a button! These are great for kids and make your cupcakes look adorable. Also great for a baby shower when you know it will be a boy!
The Perfect Cupcake Recipe....
The perfect cupcake recipe is one that every family needs. For me, whilst I have perfected the recipe for the cupcakes I am still constantly experimenting to find the perfect topping. Sometimes I want a gooey fudge icing, sometimes a delicate strawberry scented plain ice. Somehow I have never found the perfect one that works for every occasion.
For recipes I can highly recommend both those by Martha Stewart and by Nigella Lawson. Either of these are pretty failsafe and guaranteed to get a perfect result. One of the keys to the perfect cupcake I have found, is to make sure that you use a muffin pan or similar. In my experience placing the papers on a baking sheet can result in the baking cups collapsing and ruining the shape.
Whichever recipe and decorations that you use I hope that you end up with the gorgeous cupcakes that you desire!
125g unsalted butter
125g Caster Sugar
125g self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 tablespoons of milk
Preheat oven to 200c
This recipe is so easy!
Put everything except the milk into a food processor and pulse until it is thoroughly mixed. I sometimes have to open the lid and scrape it with a spatula. Then add the milk one tablespoon at a time.
Divide the mixture between 12 cases in a muffin pan.
Bake for around 16 minutes.
Take them out of the oven and give them five minutes to cool before putting them onto a wire rack to cool. Careful, they're hot!
Et voila! Perfect, light every time cupcakes.
Beautiful Recipe Books
I love this book! I love Nigella, I love her writing, and I love that her cupcake recipe in this book is the best one I've ever used!
Want to make your cupcakes a little less run of the mill? Filled with great ideas for fun cupcakes.
Want great cupcakes but don't have too much time? This book shows you how to make cupcakes that take ten minutes but look like they took hours!