Janet loves planning elaborate birthday parties for her kids and friends. She also enjoys baking and decorating cakes.
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
More Wilton 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.
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
Anchor Hocking Cupcake Stand
Kid's Birthday Cupcake Trees
Baby Shower Cupcake Tree
7-Tier Wedding Cupcake Stand
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
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 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.
More Cupcake Stand Ideas
- How To Make A Cupcake/Dessert Stand
Step by step tutorial including photos.
- How to make a custom cupcake stand - a set on Flickr
Step by step photo tutorial for creating your own cupcake stand.
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!
Janet21 (author) from New York on September 09, 2011:
Thank you so much for the nice comment Sally :)
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on September 09, 2011:
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.
franstan from Grates Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on August 23, 2011:
Both the pages and the cupcakes are awesome.
Marie Landry from Ontario, Canada on March 02, 2011:
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!
Mike Fuller from Indiana on February 18, 2011:
These Look Awesome, I love the elmo tree, Nice
house-of-cards from England on July 21, 2010:
Some excellent cupcake resources here. Such a wide range of cupcake stands to choose from! Particularly like the wooden ones - very different!
chris on June 22, 2010:
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.
kims3003 on June 16, 2010:
Great hub! Enjoyed it - you have a nice writing style! A+ material!
Cathi on March 30, 2010:
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 :)
Diana on March 25, 2010:
I found a cupcake tree that comes in a flower shape -- floret, I think they call it. www.crystalpalacecupcaketre.com
Janet21 (author) from New York on March 12, 2010:
Hi Janice! Thanks for stopping by my hub. I took a peek at your first hub. Looks good! Welcome to hubpages, have fun here. :)
Janice S on March 11, 2010:
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:)
s.aguilar1980 from Aspen, Colorado on February 11, 2010:
Eleanor Candy from Australia on November 01, 2009:
mmmmm this hub is making me hungry. Great hub by the way.
sheryld30 from California on September 19, 2009:
Wow~ These are extremely neat! :)
Kerry43 on September 06, 2009:
That looks so lovely, and I am the world's worst cake cook. Thanks:)
R Burow from Florida, United States on August 08, 2009:
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.
febriedethan from Indonesia on July 31, 2009:
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.
Lisa HW from Massachusetts on July 30, 2009:
These are very nice. I like them all, but the baby shower one is particularly nice.
Janet21 (author) from New York on July 08, 2009:
You are right, serving cupcakes at Weddings is definitely a new trend. They are cute, though.
Congrats to your son on his recent wedding! :)
Dorsi Diaz from The San Francisco Bay Area on July 08, 2009:
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!
ohwhatfun from Metro Atlanta, GA on June 28, 2009:
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...
ThePartyAnimal on June 17, 2009:
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.
Mary on June 02, 2009:
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.
Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on May 14, 2009:
These are soooo pretty! Great hub!