Ideas for Arranging Cupcakes

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Ideas for Arranging Cupcakes
Wire cupcake stands hold the cupcakes at an angle for a tree effect. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Cupcakes offer a lighter taste than a large slice of a heavier cake. An artistic presentation can include tiers of cupcakes for a vertical look or a platter of cupcakes for a sweeping, expansive look. Instead of one large cake with a flavour that may not appeal to everyone, you can serve your guests two or more flavours of cupcakes. With some imagination and planning, you can create an arrangement that serves double duty as a centrepiece for your next special occasion.


A tower of cupcakes can adorn a tiered arrangement. A tiered set of boxes wrapped in silver paper provides ledges for your cupcakes. Cake boards or covered boards supported with covered pots or cans also make a vertical arrangement. A simple effect includes placing cupcakes on a raised or footed cake platter as well as on the table. The different layers can hold a different cake flavour or frosting. For example, a three-tiered arrangement can hold one flavour per tier, such as vanilla, spice and lemon. If the cupcakes are baked in different coloured cupcake liners, you can place a different colour scheme on each tier.

Formations and Themes

If a club is celebrating, try lining up the cupcakes to form the initials of its name. An option for a wedding anniversary includes forming the year or the family name with your frosted creations. Perhaps the cupcakes can rest on a covered board cut out as a favourite musical instrument, such as a guitar.

Cupcakes with a floral design or nature motif can go in a woven basket for a casual country theme. A white or colourful serviette can line and overhang the top of the basket.

Pull Apart Cake

A pull apart cake starts by placing the cupcakes close to each other on a level surface, such as a covered cake board or platter, before they're frosted. You then frost the cupcakes so they resemble the smooth, unified look of a cake. Guests will think you've made a large round cake or sheet cake...until you tell them to pull off their cupcakes. No knife is required.

Geometric Look

Long slim plates, such as for asparagus, give a more geometric look for arrangements. Rows of narrow plates filled with round cupcakes can be set side by side at a diagonal. Another option is one large rectangle platter holding rows of cupcakes arranged diagonally. Rows can alternate with a different flavour. A round platter can hold wedges, with each wedge displaying a different coloured icing.

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