You can do it! Creating a Wedding Cupcake Tower is not hard.
Cupcakes have been going strong for wedding receptions for the past 5-10 years. Some are offered side by side with a traditional wedding cake, others are a main component of the dessert table with a small cake for the bride and groom to cut, some couples even decide to replace their entire wedding cake with cupcakes. I found a number of awesome cupcake tower photos on Flickr.com and wanted to share a few with you here. I selected photos that use different shapes, sizes and types of support structures so you can see just a sampling of the options available. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for online, I even found a website where you can order a custom cupcake tower for your reception!
The first stand design shown is displayed on daintyindulgence's Flickr page. The chocolate and vanilla cupcakes were decorated with matching frosting for a brown and white themed wedding. The swirls were piped on, and each cupcake has a pair of gum paste hearts with the couple's initials on them. The tower shown here displays approximately 120 standard sized cupcakes and was constructed with painted plywood circles securely glued to a sturdy cardboard tube.
We think this is a great substitute for a tiered cake
Beach Themed Cupcake Tower
The second design shown is a beautiful beach creation made by CupcakesTakeOn. The tower holds 22 individual cupcakes, iced with buttercream then accented with white chocolate seashells and brown sugar sand. The top tier of the tower was used for a small layer cake that the couple cut at their reception. This tower design is the same as the first, just in a smaller scale.
The Wood Cupcake Tower
The last design shown above is truly one of a kind! The groom created the tower structure himself out of wooden crates and based it on their "deserted island" wedding theme. The rectangular design of this tower is very unique. Of course the top two cupcakes were reserved for the bride and groom, with the remaining guests sharing the tiers below. This tower stands 4 tiers high and asa - hello sugar! was able to fit 78 cupcakes on it.
The Hybrid/Budget Cake Tower
In recent years may brides have been committing to a simpler design: hybrid cakes and individually wrapped ones forming the structure. As you can see to the design, the cupcakes themselves provide the structure, all you need to do is buy wedding cake supports, cut to size to create a budget cupcake Tower
Other Cupcake Tower Designs
The red and fuchsia design shown above consists of red velvet and white cupcakes with buttercream frosting tinted to match the bridesmaid dresses. The plastic tower was purchased online and holds 8 dozen cupcakes. If you are going to make your own cupcake tower, I suggest buying cupcake papers that match the batter color as closely as possible, as was done here by clevercupcakes.
The enormous center design is a stunning showpiece, put together by The Cupcake Bistro. She was able to fit nearly 250 chocolate and almond flavored cupcakes on this tower, each iced with teal cream cheese frosting and decorated with a white chocolate star. The tower itself was custom built for this event, the couple hired a local metal craftsman to build it.
The final cupcake creation shown here was designed by Dots Treats Cupcakes. She baked more than 200 chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes and frosted them with alternating black and white icing. The homemade fondant flowers provided great contrast on the cupcakes. The 5 tier metal stand was also purchased online. An internet search for cupcake tower or dessert tower will yield hundreds of results, hopefully you'll find one fits perfectly into your design idea!
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