How to Make Cupcakes Look Even More Yummy!
Find out how to display cupcakes in the best possible way, with this complete guide to cupcake stands, tiers, holders and more, along with tons of imaginative ideas for presenting your little baked creations!
Picture this... You've just made the perfect batch of the cutest ever cupcakes. Perhaps they're for a birthday party, or you've made them as a gift for someone, or maybe you just fancied baking and making yourself a treat!
But now that they're all cooked and sitting there looking yummy, how to present them? Luckily, you can now support your cupcake fetish (shh, it's okay, your secret is safe with me!) with a plethora of beautiful cupcake display stands. Plus, being a baking fiend myself, I came up with a few other innovative ideas on how to display those gorgeous bakes...
Find the best stands available in both the US and UK! Read on to find out how to display cupcakes with creative flair.
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Please note: This page is currently undergoing an update - so look out for more beautiful new cupcake stands and displays in the next few days!
1. Use a Cake Stand
The easiest method of presenting your beautiful cupcakes is to simply put them on a normal cake stand. This can look very effective, particularly if the stand itself is a striking design, and the cakes are highly decorated (plus, you can display your full-sized cakes on them, too!)
This country-style shabby chic cake stand is perfect for showing off spring cupcakes. This short pedestal style is just one of the many options of cake stand - there are domed stands, tall stands, short stands, round stands, square stands, simple stands and ornate stands. Go for something that will match your your personality and taste in décor, and of course your preferred style of cupcake!
Photo: I have this shabby chic stand which looks great with spring cupcakes!
4-in-1 Cake Dome - Footed Cake Plate, Chip & Dip, Punch Bowl, & 5 section Server
Luigi Bormioli Michelangelo Masterpiece Footed Cake Plate with Dome Cover
Elegant Rosanna White Scalloped Pedestal Cake Stand; 9-inch diameter
Scrumptious cupcakes will look even more scrumptious upon the right stand. Whatever choice of display you choose, think about the type of cupcake you normally like to bake. If it tends to be mostly sumptuous chocolate ones, go for something ornate or in a simple complementary colour. For cute or flowery cupcakes, go for spring fresh colours and a vintage, shabby chic or country style design.
Rosanna Rococo Noir Black Large 12-Inch Cake Pedestal
Godinger Crystal Freedom 10-Inch Footed Cake Plate
Rosanna Petit Treat Cupcake Stand in Pink
Kids cupcakes, meanwhile, will look great on something bright and cheery. If you bake all kinds of cupcakes, then you might want to go for something universal in white or a simple pattern, so that you can match all kinds of cupcakes to it.
Beautiful Cake Stands for your Cupcakes
Delightful English Cake Stands (from the UK):
Kitchen Craft Round Cake Stand with Glass Dome
Premier Housewares Cake Stand with Dome
Nigella Lawson Cake Stand in Cream
Kitchen Craft Union Flag Cake Stand w/ Glass Dome
Cute Cupcake Accents 7 x 12 x 12cm Cake Stand
Stunning Cake Stands from the US:
2. Use a Tiered Cake Stand
This is how I usually display my cupcakes at the moment. All it takes is a really pretty tiered stand and your creations will look even more amazing than they already do! There are all kinds of styles to choose from, so whether you like modern, shabby chic, vintage style, country cottage kitchen or psychedelic polka dots, the choice is wide and varied!
Up until now this has been my personal favourite method of displaying cupcakes, but since discovering cupcake stands (see next section) I have also put one of those on my wishlist!
Researching this subject has also opened my eyes to some amazing and beautiful ways to present those gorgeous little cakes, but there is just one problem... so many nice stands desired, but where to put them all?
Luckily, many of them collapse down or come apart very easily. The one in this photo, for example, is my lovely white tiered stand. It unscrews via the silver pole running down the middle and comes apart/goes together very quickly. The pretty edging to the tiers make it a very aesthetic stand to use, and they also make nice plates too (providing you cover up the central hole with some food!)
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Kaisercraft Beyond The Page MDF Tiered Cupcake Stand
Three Tier Cupcake or Cake Stand with Scalloped Edges
Ashdene Annie Bone China 13-Inch Height 3 Tier Cake Stand
3 Tier Footed Glass Cake Plate Stand Server
Connoisseurs of cupcake making will see that there are lots of nice options here - from pretty dots to modern chic, or even going as far as a wedding cake tier. If you make a lot of these cakes for parties, birthdays, BBQs or even everyday family consumption, it is nice to have some different ways to present them to your hungry crowd!
Talking Tables Birdcage 3-Tier Patisserie Cake Stand
Remember, beautiful cupcakes deserve beautiful presentation! I like this style of stand very much, particularly in pretty vintage designs, because it reminds me of a proper English High Tea, or those gorgeous tea shops that serve cream teas, Earl Grey and dainty cucumber sandwiches!
Amazing Tiered Cake Stands for your Cupcakes
Beautiful English Tiered Cake Stands (from the UK):
Utterly Scrumptious Fun 3 Tier Cakestand
Maxwell Williams White Basics Heart 3 Tier Cake Stand
Vintage Cream Design 3 Tier Cake Stand
Premier Houseware 2-Tier Porcelain Cake Stand
5 Tier Acrylic Cake Stand by ClassikoolÂ®
Striking Cake Stands (from the US):
3. Use a Cupcake Stand
Despite adoring the tiered cake stand (and I think I always will, mainly for the tea shop resemblance!), I also love this newer idea of a dedicated cupcake stand!
These gorgeous stands are a work of art in themselves, and with cupcakes on, are pure masterpieces! The stands have individual holders to take each cupcake, and come in a vast range of sizes, catering for anything from a few homemade cupcakes for tea, to a huge party.
Wilton Cupcakes and More Dessert Stand
Wilton 38 Count Cupcake Stand
Good Cook 4319 Collapsible Plastic Cupcake Stacker
Wilton 24-Count Mini Cupcakes N More Stand
SWEET SERVER 3 TIER CAKE/CUPCAKE STAND SCALLOPED
Wilton 19 Count Standard Cupcake Dessert Stand
Personally, I prefer the wire stands as I think they look very chic, and make a wonderful centrepiece for a table. But the other designs are equally show-stopping, although of course, the display is only as good as your cupcakes!!
That said, I think these lovely stands would make a marvelous show of even the gloopiest cupcakes, don't you?
Wilton 18 Cup Cupcakes and More Dessert Stand
Wilton Cupcakes 'N More Dessert Stand
CUPCAKE STAND-5 TIER
(HOLDS 27 CUPCAKES)
These stands are PERFECT for parties, and will certainly have your guests impressed with both your culinary skills AND your presentation skills!
4. Use a Flat Pack Tiered Cupcake Stand
Back to tiered cupcake stands again - this time the card, flat-packed variety. These are great if you want a selection of affordable stands, or you don't have much storage room, or you want a display to travel around with for food fairs and so on.
The stands are made of card or board and slot together quickly and easily. You can buy some very pretty gingham stands in pink and blue HERE.
White Cupcake Stand, 8.5" x 12.5" x 14.5"
Gold Cupcake Stand, 8.5" x 12.5" x 14.5"
Silver Cupcake Stand, 8.5" x 12.5" x 14.5"
5. Use a Themed Cupcake Stand
Perfect for Kids Parties!
For kids parties, birthdays, holidays and other celebrations, these themed cupcake stands are a brilliant idea! There is something for everyone here, from fairies to sport, Halloween to Christmas. There's even a stand for graduation cupcakes!
Wilton Princess Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Sports Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Disney Fairies Cakescapes Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Spongebob Squarepants Cakescapes Cupcakes Stand Kit
What I like about these stands is that they inspire you to be creative. How many different fairy cupcakes can you come up with, or what kinds of sporting images can you bake atop a yummy mouthful of baked chocolate heaven?
Wilton Graduation Cupcake Stand
Wilton Halloween Cupcakes N More Dessert Stand
Wilton Celebration Cupcake Stand Kit
Wilton Primary Cupcake Stand Kit
You can find more themed stands below on eBay. I especially like the pumpkin Halloween stand from Wilton! These stands would make a great centrepiece for children's parties, and can be used again and again, year after year!
6. Use a Cake Plate or Platter
Of course, you can serve up cupcakes on a good old fashioned plate - large or small. Even better, find a cupcake-patterned plate to serve them from!
If you want something similar with a little extra oomph, however, then a platter is a great alternative.
Bormioli Rocco Ginevra
With Plastic Dome,
Antique Style White Porcelain Cake Platter
Luigi Bormioli Gallerie
4-in-1 Covered Plate
FOOTED MIRRORED PLATTER
Gien Oiseau Bleu Fruits Cake Platter, Raspberries and Blackberries
Godinger Freedom Footed Cake Plate
Another idea for a very posh presentation of cupcakes is a silver platter. Great for a vintage or period-themed party, or classy dinner party! Wilton have a dedicated range of silver cake platters coming soon - check back for more info!
7. Use a Cupcake Plate
For Posh Nosh!
Aren't these just divine? The first one is simply exquisite and the second pastel shades are just darling!
For the cupcake maker who likes to see each cupcake shine in its own right, look no further than the magnificent cupcake plate! Made for showing off the very finest in cupcakes! There's one on my wishlist... is there one on yours?
Simon Pearce Small Glass Hartland Cupcake Plate
Rosanna Petit Treat Cupcake Stand White
How Do You Do Cupcakes?
Do you have a favourite way of displaying your cupcakes? Do you like to serve them individually or let people help themselves from a stand? Have your say here!
8. More Ways to Display Cupcakes with the WOW Factor
More Wonderful Ways to Show Off Your Cupcakes!!
* On a large glass dessert stand
* In a pretty woven basket
* On a swiveling cake server
* On a pedestal
* On a chrome wire display like the one below (just set the cupcakes on plates first!)
* In an egg box
* In decorative boxes
Pme Arts Crafts Ltd Swan-shaped Cake Stand
Wilton Cupcake Pedestal 4 Piece Set
Coronation Antique Nickel Cake Stand
Adjustable Cake Stand with Etched Glass Cloche
You can also place your cupcakes in an object that relates to the theme of cupcake - for example:
* Easter cupcakes in an Easter bonnet or large painted egg
* Flower cupcakes in a basket or (unused!) mini garden trug
* Valentine cupcakes in a large heart box or other heart-shaped object
* Pirate cupcakes in a treasure chest
* Halloween cupcakes in a pumpkin
Do you have a great way of displaying and serving cupcakes not mentioned above? Please share your unique and creative ideas here!
9. Storing your Cupcakes
You've made some yummy cupcakes, and you have an equally yummy stand to serve them on, but if you've made them in advance, what to store them in?
If you want something pretty for this job then look no further than the beautiful cake tin. This lovely set of Mason Cash tins is what I stash my cupcake creations in - they are super practical as they come in different sizes for different sizes and batches of cupcake, they store inside each other when not in use, and of course, you can fit big cakes in them too!
Other options for storage include caddies, airtight food containers, layered cupcake boxes and caddies, and cupcake carousels.
You can find a handy guide to cupcake storage, and browse tins, caddies and layered boxes right here:
10. Transporting your Cupcakes
Presentation on the Go
Are your cupcakes always on the go? Do you transport your creations about, either to shops and fairs or round to the neighbours?
If so, then you need some sumptuous travelling cupcake displays! Presentation is everything, after all! And these win hands down for both presentation AND practicality!
Progressive International Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier
Glitterville Retro Decorative Party Cupcake Tin Carrier-Holds 12 Cupcakes
Oneida 24-Count Cupcake Carrying Case
These beautiful brights will get you noticed wherever you go, and your cupcakes too!
Cupcake Courier Petal Pink
Soft Blue Sky
Wilton Ultimate 3-In-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier
Glitterville Decorative Vintage Style Party Cake Carrier Tin
Good Cook 24 Count Cupcake Pan and Carrying Case
Bakers Sto 'N Go Food Storage Container
There are even fabulous cupcake-shaped cupcake holders to carry your cupcake to work or school in! Now that's what I call innovative!
Go Go Cupcake Holder Twin Pack
Kangaroom KDS01166MUKRSD Cupcake-Shaped Storage Bags, Set of 2
Cup-a-Cake cupcake carry case kid's School LUNCH
Range Kleen Set of 6 Cup Cake Holder, Pink
Fox Run Cupcake Carrier
Cup-A-Cake Single Cupcake Carrier
How do YOU show off your cupcakes?
Im2keys on March 31, 2014:
great ideas here, I use a pedestal cake stand with a pretty ribbon for mine- but I'd love to have that pretty birdcage one!
Jeph Maystruck from Regina, SK on January 11, 2014:
Cool Lens! I have to use this in my fav cupcake lens I'm making. Many thanks!!
tfsherman lm on July 31, 2013:
I just love cake stands. You can put McDonald hamburgers on a cake stand and all of a sudden, they like so tempting and tasty. And these are some gorgeous specimens.
JayRockins on April 14, 2013:
At the speed we eat cupcakes in my house... there's hardly any point putting effort into presentation :P Cool lens nevertheless haha
anonymous on December 18, 2012:
I'm just a beginner and I can't wait to get my own pretty cupcake stand. Thanks for the ideas.
cupcakeideas1 on July 28, 2012:
Nice lens! Very informative!
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on July 12, 2012:
You have a great array of stands and plates. Very nice lens!
mysweetjane lm on June 19, 2012:
there's some beautiful cupcake stands here! Hope someone is adding these to my christmas wish list :)
K Bechand from NY on May 28, 2012:
I have one of the wilton cupcake holders/display - it is perfect (the one in your intro pic) - It really makes for an impressive cupcake display. I wish I took pics of the display that I served the other day at work - we had beautiful cupcakes (white frosting tiny flowers) and put on that - and got TONS Of compliments ... If I do another like that, will try to remember to take pic and share with you for your lens ... nice lens too by the way...
whats4dinner on April 24, 2012:
Awesome ideas, thanks for sharing.
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on April 08, 2012:
You are right. WOW factor really makes a difference. Cupcakes deserve to be properly displayed:-)
SunshineLollipops on March 25, 2012:
All I can say is I have really great ideas now :) Thanks. Great lens!
anonymous on October 07, 2011:
big ole plate! enjoyed this lens, gave ya a 'thumbs up' too!
anonymous on August 24, 2011:
There is so much to cupcakes and the decoration - Wow.
As always, I love to eat my cakes and buy them most of the time, though it looks like a good idea to try some of them at home.
Srena44 on August 21, 2011:
anonymous on July 22, 2011:
nice lens. i have some of these cake stands already, can't live without 'em
sweettoothstudio on June 24, 2011:
I love cakes stands!
miaponzo on June 14, 2011:
I adore cupcake trees!!! They make for such a nice look!!!
Padaneis on June 12, 2011:
Great lens! 900th squid like... and "like" is really an appropriate word this time! Bests :-)
signdesign on May 30, 2011:
Philippians468 on April 03, 2011:
i might piece all the cupcakes together to form a picture! cheers
tiff0315 on March 13, 2011:
I'm putting on my son's first birthday soon and these are some great ideas to get me inspired. Thanks!
squid-janices7 on February 06, 2011:
Love all those Wilton cupcake stands that have themes! I've lensrolled this great lens to my Wedding Cupcake Ideas lens....brides using cupcakes instead of cake need to see this lens for some great ideas. Thanks for sharing!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on January 06, 2011:
The cupcakes stands are all awesome and I love footed cake plates! Great selections!
KDimmick on December 11, 2010:
Nice lens! I had no idea you could display them in so many ways! Blessed by an angel :)
Mayapearl on December 01, 2010:
My mouth is watering with all those lovely cup cakes. Great ideas for displaying.
Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 10, 2010:
oooh....aren't these just to die for, a Cupcake definitely deserves a stand! Blessed By an Angel
Joan4 on October 13, 2010:
I like the tiered stands! In fact, I like all of the stands. I could easily become a cupcake maker just to show them off in such beautiful ways!
hlkljgk from Western Mass on September 12, 2010:
display is an often overlooked part of enjoying cupcakes. thanks for the ideas :)