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Cupcakes – I know, I know…They’re a trend that might need to be over..Please read on and do not write me off just yet – I am not particularly in love with the fact that I’ve opted for cupcakes at our wedding. Here’s why I made the difficult decision – This is a true DIY wedding. I LOVE to make wedding cakes – I’ve done several – – but a big production many-tiered cake is a job in-and-of-itself on the day of a wedding – – and I can’t see myself worrying over the transporting of a cake and the minute piping details while dealing with my own big day. So – I’m making a beautiful (but aesthetically simple) small cake for Mr. MonkeyWrench and me (vanilla bean with lemon curd & blueberry filling, champagne buttercream, and white chocolate fondant over it all for a clean and hopefully sturdy finish) In lieu of a groom’s cake, we have three Sons’ cakes (Jax wants dark chocolate cake with mint buttercream and espresso ganache, Chandler wants pineapple pound cake with rum coconut glaze, and our baby, Preston, wants carrot cake with maple cream cheese frosting.) The cupcakes are vanilla butter cake – they will be topped with delicious buttercream and some other little fancy something – and my highly-skilled sister will handle the 200 little muffin-shaped beauties for me. Now that I’ve defended my cupcakes – – Here’s the point of this post
I’ve seen so many lovely cupcake stands in high-end wedding/bake shops. Alas, I just can’t afford one – let alone two of them…So – I got to thinking about how I want my cake table to look – and I set to work to come up with my own idea. I will post pics after the wedding to share the fully loaded effect (Unless it’s an unholy mess…then I’ll spare you.) But – I wanted stair-step style cupcake stands…one on each side of our square bride & groom cake. I used a series of Pizza boxex, a $3 dollar bed sheet, and some $2 lace trim. I think the stands turned out pretty and understated…and the nice guy at the pizza place sold me the boxes for a whopping 15 cents per box.
Post # 3
Wow, great idea! I like how the layers are so different in size and how they are placed together.
Post # 4
Love the idea of pizza boxes!!
Post # 5
Ohhh tutorial PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Might be eating pizza the next few nights just to do this DIY ;P
Post # 6
Thanks CupCakeMeg! I really, really, really wish I’d taken pics during the construction process (But I wasn’t sure it would work so I didn’t want photographic proof of a failure.) It’s easy. Here you go step-by-step.
1. I bought clean pizza boxes from a local chain. (Nice manager sold them to me for 15 cents a piece – I was shocked and thrilled.) I used 4 large-size boxes for the bottom tier, 4 small-size boxes for the middle tier. and 1 small size box for the top tier. (I am making 2 cupcake towers – – my “big” wedding cake will be centered between the towers – – I’ll post pictures after the wedding so you can get the full effect.)
2. Worrying about the sturdiness of the pizza boxes, I decided to fill each empty box with folded up bath towels/sheets/etc. This gave the boxes some support in the centers and reinforced their structure and shape. I taped each box shut with duct tape to make them a bit more sturdy.
3. I hot glued four bottom boxes together – edge-to-edge – to create the big square shape. (These will still be a little flimsy – but the wrapping in fabric makes them sturdier and easier to handle in the next step. Repeat the process for the middle tier.
4. I spread a flat bed sheet over the bottom tier and cut large enough to cover the square and sides. Repeat process for the middle and top tiers.
5. Using pearl-ended pins, I pinned the fabric to the underside of the tiers – stretching and securing as I worked along the boxes’ edges. This is a lot like stretching fabric for upholstery or canvas – It’s a good two person job if you can wrangle someone to help you keep things taut as you go.
6. Using tiny metal pins (Just the regular sewing ones – smaller the better) I secured the trim to the edge of the box for a little finish look (I did a stand last weekend for a friend’s shower using grosgrain ribbon and it was very pretty.)
7. I did not affix the layers together – – I don’t see the point – the cupcakes will weight them adequately – and, it makes the towers easier to transport.
Hope this is possible to follow – If not, just let me know and I’ll try to help out. I figure the entire project for two towers cost me about 10 bucks max. My towers will hold 200 cupcakes.
Post # 7
That is an amazing idea!! I love it!
Post # 8
That is an amazing idea!! I love it!
Post # 9
What a great idea! I would love to see the pics from the wedding!