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How To Make Cupcake Trees for Weddings and Parties

Updated on January 20, 2017

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Golf Cupcake Tree
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Cupcake Trees

Cupcake trees, also referred to as Cupcake Stands and Cupcake Towers, are a fun way to serve your party cupcakes. Cupcakes are becoming more and more popular at birthday parties; therefore, cupcake trees are rising in popularity as well. It is just a fun and creative way to serve your party treats.

People like to serve cupcakes at their parties since they are a no fuss, no muss type of dessert. There is no cutting involved and no need to ask birthday party guests how big of a piece they would like. That is always a big pain. Also, since even small kids can usually finish off a cupcake, there is a lot less wasted cake. When cupcakes are served in this manner, cleanup is a breeze. Today, there are so many unique ways to decorate party cupcakes, too. Cupcake Trees have recently become popular at Weddings as well. Once completed, they can look extremely elegant.

I have used cupcake stands at my daughter's Horse party and Arts and Crafts Crayon Theme Party. I came across the stand at my local craft store and thought it looked interesting. So, I decided to give it a try. I was very impressed with the end results. Since then I have used a cupcake tree at many of my other birthday parties. Each time the cupcake display was very well received by the party guests and the parents.

This hub will feature the different types of cupcake stands currently on the market and provide basic instructions on how you can make a cupcake stand of your own. I will also spotlight various cupcake supplies, useful books and a fun photo gallery of some cool cupcake trees for your viewing pleasure.

Finished Cupcake Trees

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High School Musical Cupcake TreeCherries Cupcake TreeSpiderman Cupcake TreeBaby Shower Cupcake TreeBaby Shower Cupcake TreePrincess Cupcake TreeHoliday Cupcake TreeTransformers Cupcake TreeElmo Cupcake Tree
High School Musical Cupcake Tree
High School Musical Cupcake Tree
Cherries Cupcake Tree
Cherries Cupcake Tree
Spiderman Cupcake Tree
Spiderman Cupcake Tree
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
Princess Cupcake Tree
Princess Cupcake Tree
Holiday Cupcake Tree
Holiday Cupcake Tree
Transformers Cupcake Tree
Transformers Cupcake Tree
Elmo Cupcake Tree
Elmo Cupcake Tree

Cupcake Stands

For my daughter's party cupcakes, I used the Wilton 23 count Cupcakes n' More Stand. I was very pleased with this stand. It is easy to assemble and looks great on the party table. These Wilton stands are constructed of non-toxic, silver finished metal and its collapsible design allows for convenient storage. These cupcakes stands are available in 13 count, 23 count, 38 count, as well as a 24 count mini cupcake stand.

Another popular cupcake stand is the Cupcake Stacker from Good Cook. It holds 24 cupcakes and is embellished with a tiered, scalloped design. This stand is also collapsible for easy storage.

The Cupcake Tree photos displayed here are provided courtesy of Charlie and the Cake Factory and cupcakesnouveau.

Cupcake Stands

Toy Story Cupcake Stand
Toy Story Cupcake Stand

Kid's Cupcake Stands

There are many specialty kid's cupcake stands on the market for your child's celebration. Some of the cupcake stands include:

  • Toy Story
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Cupcake Party
  • Disney Princess
  • Disney Fairies
  • Turtles & Ladybugs
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Princess Party
  • Christmas, Halloween & the Forth of July

Kid's Birthday Cupcake Trees

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Surf's Up Cupcake TreeHannah Montana Cupcake TreeTeenage Mutant Ninjer Cupcake TreeThe Wiggles Dorothy Cupcake Tree
Surf's Up Cupcake Tree
Surf's Up Cupcake Tree
Hannah Montana Cupcake Tree
Hannah Montana Cupcake Tree
Teenage Mutant Ninjer Cupcake Tree
Teenage Mutant Ninjer Cupcake Tree
The Wiggles Dorothy Cupcake Tree
The Wiggles Dorothy Cupcake Tree

Photo Acknowledgments

Surf's Up  Grace's Cakes
Hannah Montana  Cakelady4050
Teenage Mutant Ninger Sandra (socakes)
The Wiggles Sandra (socakes)

Baby Shower Cupcake Tree

Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree

3-Tier Glass Platter Set

Another option for your Cupcake Tree would be to use a 3-Tier Platter Set from Anchor Hock. This stand features a 13-, 10-, 8-inch-diameter tiers; 12-3/4 inches high stacked. Stand is made of durable pressed glass. It can be used for a food display, but also works well to create an elegant Cupcake Tree.

This cupcake stand would be wonderful for a Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Wedding Rehearsal Dinner, Anniversary Party, Retirement Party, or Company Party. The Baby Shower Cupcake Tree you see pictured here was created by Cupcakes Nouveau. They added a fun twist to the tree by placing a bouquet of spring flowers on the top tier. 

Bridal Party and Wedding Cupcake Towers

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Wedding & Bridal Cupcake Trees

Cupcakes Trees are becoming very popular at Weddings and Bridal parties. These trees are the same as you basic cupcake tree, however, the stands are generally custom built, much sturdier and hold a lot of cupcakes!

Wedding Cupcake Trees usually referred to as a Cupcake Tower can be square or round. Many times a smaller cake is added to the top of the cupcake stand so that the Bride and Groom have a cake to make their first cut together. Plus, they can add on their Wedding cake topper. Generally, a Wedding cupcake tree includes a variety of different cupcake flavors. This allows the wedding guests to choose the cupcake flavor they like best.

For Bridal cupcake trees, it is popular to add a bouquet of flowers to the top like you see pictured here (and in the stand displayed above). It is a beautiful square shaped stand featuring red roses as the topper. Rose petals have also been added to the table around the cupcake stand for added elegance. The Cupcake Tree images are provided courtesy of Cupcakes Nouveau.

Wedding Cupcake Tower

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher's Wedding Cupcake Tower
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher's Wedding Cupcake Tower

Carrie and Mike's Wedding Cupcakes

Carrie Underwood wed Mike Fisher on July 10th. The couple served a gorgeous cupcake tower at the reception. The cupcake tower was made by Carrie's bridesmaid, Ivey Childers, the owner of Ivey Cakes in Franklin, Tenn.

Wedding cupcake tower photo courtesy of People Magazine.

The Finished Cupcake Stand

How To Make a Cupcake Stand

If you create your own cupcake stand, you can then decorate it however you like to coordinate with your party theme and colors. There are many ways to create a cupcake stand. Here are basic instructions to help get you started.

Using premade cake boards. For your stand, you can use pre-made cake boards or create your own. If you plan on purchasing the cake boards, they are available in square, round and rectangular shapes and come with a decorative pattern or plain. The sizes range from 6" up to 18" in diameter. Therefore, you have the option of making a large or small cupcake stand.

Making your own cake boards. If you choose to create your own boards, you will need a large cardboard box. Open up the box and lie it down flat. Then, using a bowl or a plate, trace the outline of your circles. You will need three different sized circular objects for a three-tier stand. If you are making a square stand, then you would need to use square shaped objects for outlining.

Covering your cake boards. Once all of your boards are cut out, cover them with decorative wrapping paper or contact paper. (Note: If using premade cake boards, you may or may not need to cover them since some of them are sold already having a decorative to look to them. ) For a birthday party, I would definitely recommend using wrapping paper for that theme or character. After your wrapping paper is selected, cut out the shapes and glue the paper to each of the boards. You can also trim the edge of the cake board with ribbon to give it a nice finish.

Preparing the cake stand separators. Next you need to the make the separators to hold the stand together. There are many items you can use for this purpose. The most popular item used is a cake dummy. Cake dummies are available in both round and square shapes and can be covered in fabric, ribbon and/or wrapping paper.

Assembling the stand and adding the finishing touches. Once all the cake boards are complete, glue them all together to form your tiers. When finished, you can add on other decorations such as ribbon, bows, pearls or whatever else works with your party theme.

Cake stand image provided courtesy of Cake Journal.

Photo Credit

Photo Acknowledgement: All of the flickr photos displayed on this page have either a Creative Commons license or I have received written permission from the cake decorator to display their photos here. In either case, you will find a link back to the flickr members photos as required for use. A BIG thank you to all of the cake decorators for permission to use their photos!

Cupcake Chat

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    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Janet21 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you so much for the nice comment Sally :)

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Awesome! This Hub is as fresh today as it was two years ago, and even more fresh. "Cupcake Wars" on the Food Network made its debut in 2010, but you were on the leading edge. Up, useful, and awesome.

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      franstan 

      7 years ago from Grates Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

      Both the pages and the cupcakes are awesome.

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      Marie Landry 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome hub! I love cupcakes and think they're fantastic for any kind of party or get-together. I'm always suggesting cupcakes for the kids' parties because that way you don't have to worry about cutting cake, kids complaining about the size, etc. These are beautiful, I'm hoping someday I can afford a really pretty cupcake tree!

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      Mike Fuller 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      These Look Awesome, I love the elmo tree, Nice

    • house-of-cards profile image

      house-of-cards 

      8 years ago from England

      Some excellent cupcake resources here. Such a wide range of cupcake stands to choose from! Particularly like the wooden ones - very different!

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      chris 

      8 years ago

      We got our wedding cupcake tower from http://www.penguincupcaketowers.com. It was very reasonable and since it's made of plastic it's very strong and reusable. You should check them out. We were very pleased with ours. They even shipped it faster for us to make sure it arrived in time for our wedding.

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      kims3003 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! Enjoyed it - you have a nice writing style! A+ material!

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      Cathi 

      8 years ago

      I've bought three stands from www.cupcaketree.com for parties and they have been great! We decorated them ourselves which added a personal touch to the events (birthday, wedding shower and halloween party). They're really easy to use and very sturdy -we had a heavy cream cake on top of the large square one!. Best part is its recyclable. I highly recommend them :)

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      Diana 

      8 years ago

      I found a cupcake tree that comes in a flower shape -- floret, I think they call it. www.crystalpalacecupcaketre.com

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Janet21 

      8 years ago from New York

      Hi Janice! Thanks for stopping by my hub. I took a peek at your first hub. Looks good! Welcome to hubpages, have fun here. :)

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      Janice S 

      8 years ago

      Hi Janet21 -

      Recognized your fun party themes and your name from Squidoo as I was poking around for familiar faces. As usual - another great and informative hub. I ALWAYS use a cupcake tree for our Halloween parties - they just look great on a tablescape.

      Thanks for the info - janices7

      P.S. Just finished my first hub, thought I'd dip my toe in the water to see how it feels:)

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      s.aguilar1980 

      8 years ago from Aspen, Colorado

      lovely!!

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      Eleanor Candy 

      8 years ago from Australia

      mmmmm this hub is making me hungry. Great hub by the way.

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      sheryld30 

      9 years ago from California

      Wow~ These are extremely neat! :)

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      Kerry43 

      9 years ago

      That looks so lovely, and I am the world's worst cake cook. Thanks:)

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      R Burow 

      9 years ago from Florida, United States

      Janet 21,

      I have used the 'cupcake tree' idea for a birthday party, and it was a big hit. Love the home made cup cake tree stands. I think I will go this route one of these days. Thanks for a unique hub. I will be returning for sure.

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      febriedethan 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      I never seen cup cakes as wedding cakes. It's creative and brave. I don't think wedding couple in my country will do it. But who knows..great ideas anyway thank's.

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      Lisa HW 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      These are very nice. I like them all, but the baby shower one is particularly nice.

    • Janet21 profile imageAUTHOR

      Janet21 

      9 years ago from New York

      You are right, serving cupcakes at Weddings is definitely a new trend.  They are cute, though. 

      Congrats to your son on his recent wedding! :)

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      My oldest son just got married a couple weeks ago, and unfortunately I just found out about these great cupcake trees a couple weeks ago. I would have loved to make them a cupcake wedding cake. It would have been really cute and apparently very trendy!

      Thumbs up and I love your creative hubs!

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      ohwhatfun 

      9 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA

      I think cupcakes are great for any kind of party. Love them for birthdays and I also used cupcakes for our after season soccer celebration. You can do so many cool things with them...

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      ThePartyAnimal 

      9 years ago

      I am checking out your hubs as u can see - I use the cupcake stands myself and love them. I think cupcakes r the way to go at a party - saves so much time when it is cake time and the displays make an additional decoration. Some of these pictures are amazing and creative - I am in amazement at some of them.

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      Mary 

      9 years ago

      I think cupcakes are the way to go for weddings in this economy. They're cute, portable and affordable. For displaying them, I like the Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree at www.crystalpalacecupcaketree.com. It's gorgeous and looks so rich decorated with flowers.

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      Joanna McKenna 

      9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      These are soooo pretty! Great hub!

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