Instructions for Wrapping Individual Cupcakes for Gifts

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Instructions for Wrapping Individual Cupcakes for Gifts
Cupcakes have been around since the 19th century. (cupcakes image by Kimberly Reinick from

Cupcakes are easy, quick and universally well-liked. They can be elaborately decorated or nearly bare and still bring the same excitement for dessert that you had as a child. But today's cupcakes are not just for kids. There are a growing number of speciality bakeries dedicated solely to these mini-delicacies with extravagant fillings, speciality frosting and unique toppings. Whether store-bought or homemade, you can turn cupcakes into a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Things you need

  • Chinese food takeout boxes
  • Tissue paper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Cellophane
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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    Cut wrapping paper into strips that are approximately 1 inch higher than your cupcake liner and twice the length.

  2. 2

    Wrap the strips of paper loosely around the cupcake's perimeter. Do not make it too tight.

  3. 3

    Tape the paper together, forming a barrier around the cupcake.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of clear cellophane into a 13-by-13-inch square.

  5. 5

    Slide the cellophane under the cupcake and wrapping paper cone.

  6. 6

    Bring all four edges of the cellophane to the top and secure with a ribbon.

  1. 1

    Gently crumple a piece of tissue paper to fit a Chinese takeout-style box. You can use colourful or decorative tissue paper for extra pizazz.

    Instructions for Wrapping Individual Cupcakes for Gifts
    Chinese takeout boxes are perfect receptacles for cupcakes. (Chinese takeout container image by samantha grandy from
  2. 2

    Place the crinkled tissue paper in the bottom of the container, pressing your fingers in the middle to make a space that will fit the cupcake.

  3. 3

    Place the cupcake carefully into the takeout box. Make sure you do not scrape any frosting off on the sides of the box. If it does not fit securely, add an additional piece of tissue paper around the perimeter of the cupcake wrapper.

  4. 4

    Close the top of the box.

  5. 5

    Wrap a ribbon around the box, making sure to keep it upright.

Tips and warnings

  • Heavier wrapping paper works best for wrapping the cupcakes. If your paper is too flimsy, you can simply double it up.
  • Make sure the cupcake's frosting has set before you begin wrapping to ensure that it will not be sticky.

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