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Cupcake Display Stand

Cupcake Stand

How I wish I had discovered this cupcake display stand back when I was shlepping goodies to school on a regular basis! This is something you can actually use for more than just your kids parties.

Cupcakes have many advantages over cakes for kids parties, both at home and at school, not the least being the ability to make a gorgeous display of your creative handiwork with a stand like this one from Wilton. In fact, owning this stand may inspire you to make your cupcakes into little works of art. And as I showed you last week in my post about animal face cupcakes, it’s just not that hard to do.

Even just different colors of icing and different sprinkle type decorations on your cupcakes can have a festive visual effect when well displayed by your cupcake stand. Use the heavier metallic type paper cupcake cups and fill them with strawberries or nuts or whatever for grown-up parties.

The stand pictured here holds 24 cupcakes, probably more than the number of kids at your childrens party but I’d recommend this one over the 13 cupcake stand as it will be more useful for all those school food gigs you’ll do and for any grown-up parties you have. The price difference is nominal. Most cake mixes make about 24 cupcakes anyways, so just fill it up and let the kids have more than one each.

Compared to all the throw-aways you could spend $20 on, this stand will make your cupcake displays very inviting for years to come.

Safari Jungle Party Cupcakes

Animal Cupcakes

If I, a complete non-artist, can make these out of circles in a kids computer graphics program, you can make these adorable jungle safari animal cupcakes in your kitchen!

Especially with all the help you can get from the good folks at Betty Crocker with their video showing you exactly how to construct 4 animal faced cupcakes– the monkey and the tiger you see here, a lion and a zebra.

You don’t need any fancy equipment, just icing, food coloring, and if you don’t have a pastry bag and tips, a plastic freezer or refrigerator bag with a very small cut in the corner works really well. Small candies for ears (junior mints?), vanilla wafers for the zebra and cracker jax popcorn for the lion complete your supplies. You can use purchased white icing from the supermarket and tint it with your food coloring for the colors you need.

If you can make the circle snouts with your icing and pipe on the eyes, stripes, noses, etc. with your homemade plastic pastry bag, you CAN do this. It’s WAY easier than it looks and the kids will just love their animal cupcakes.

If your party group is older, making these can even be one of your party activities. Prepare the various colors of icing needed (lots- they’ll be plenty of waste if the kids are doing it), a couple of baggie pastry bags for each color, obviously have the cupcakes ready to go, and decorate one cupcake for each animal to show the kids what to do. Plastic knives or butter knives will work well for spreading the icing. Give them dessert sized paper plates to practice on so you don’t run out cupcakes when they mess up. I’d recommend having one cupcake to eat and one to take home for each child.

Your themed birthday party food doesn’t have to be overly complicated and time consuming to be really cute and a treat for the kids. Give it a try!

Princess Cupcakes

Cupcake Wrappers

Princess Cupcakes

Photo with permission and courtesy of never-travelled.blogspot.com

What little princess wouldn’t want their birthday cupcake with such a royal presentation? Even store-bought cupcakes are fit for a princess when decked out in these adorable wrappers.

Not that you couldn’t figure it out for yourself, but just to make it easy I’ve made a very simple template you can print out for the cupcake wrapper. Print it out on colored paper, even construction paper. Tape it together to fit your cupcakes, and trim the scallop edge as necessary.

If you don’t want the “Princess” on the wrapper, just click on the words and delete. You can’t do it in Word, but if you have a graphics manipulation program, you can change the wording to whatever you want, save it as a jpg or other graphics format, insert it into the CupcakeCrown document, and rotate it is needed to place it on the wrapper.

Add glittery stick-ons or fake jewels for the full effect. I’d color coordinate the cupcake frosting to the color of your wrapper paper, just as in the photo.

For a wrapper that’s not for a princess, cut off the scallop edge, remove the princess wording, and decorate as you please: cowboy stickers, dino stickers, whatever your theme. For example, a dinosaur theme might call for green frosting and green or brown wrapper paper.

Cupcakes are easy, and this wrapper makes them extra special for your Princess Party or whatever theme you’re using.