Cupcake Cakes Take the Cake

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


For a fun change-up in your cake decorating routine, try a cupcake cake! Cupcake cakes have been around for a while now, but they are still a sweet idea for a children’s birthday parties. No need for a knife, fork or even a plate — just pull the cupcake away and straight into your mouth. The options are pretty much endless with some creative icing and cupcake placement.

Here are some fun cupcake cakes to inspire your next birthday cake project!

Cupcakes in Shape of a Train

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Choo choo train cupcake cake:

This rarin’ to go train-themed cupcakes cake has a happy faced engine mini cake and an equally smiley faced caboose mini cake book-ending a beautiful and delicious looking collection of cupcakes.

A nice alternative to the “Thomas” the tank engine cakes, this cake is cartoon-ish and familiar with bright colors and a classic red and white striped cake board. The train’s wheels are dark chocolate cupcakes topped with black-colored fondant scalloped circles and white fondant circle centers to emulate train wheels.

Cupcakes in Shape of 3 Colorful Balloons

Photo via Smyley Bears

Floating balloons cupcake cake:

I love how simple but effective this cupcake cake is. Colorfully iced cupcakes, some covered in fondant and hand lettered with edible marker and some iced with a simple swirl using an open circle tip, all bunched together like floating balloons, anchored by the shiny curly rainbow of ribbons. Just looking at this makes me happy!

Cupcakes in Shape of a Fish

Photo via Coco Cake Land

Glub glub fish cupcake cake:

This fish themed cupcake cake uses two-tone swirled cupcakes to make up the fat fish body and a one-layer round cake halved and stacked to create the fish “head” and a one-layer square cake halved and stacked to create the fish “tail.”

The cake board is covered in shiny wrapping paper to color coordinate with the pink and green theme. A great cake for fish lovers or as part of a under-the-sea birthday party!

Cupcakes in Shape of Owls in a Tree

Photo via Sugar Tree Bakeshoppe

Owl cake pops tree-themed cupcake cake:

This clever and cute cupcake cake features cupcakes lined up to form a tree trunk and iced with chocolate buttercream and green buttercream iced rosette cupcakes to form the tree top. Sugar leaves add dimension, texture and shape, and owl cake pops sit nestled in the branches of this ultra-cute cupcake cake.

The wise-as-an-owl cake artist

Several elements went into creating this cake. To create your own, take a look at these posts and classes to help along the way:

Cupcakes in Shape of A Horse Head

Photo via Craftsy member lisacakes

Horse head cupcakes cake:

This hand-painted cupcakes cake comes courtesy of Craftsy member lisacakes! This cake would be awesome for a Godfather-themed party…anyone remember the scene from the movie I’m speaking of?

If you’d like to learn the art of hand painting cakes, sign up for Craftsy’s FREE mini-class The Hand-Painted Cake.

Cupcakes in Shape of Dragon, City Next to Asian Party Favors

Photo via Hoosier Homemade

Chinese dragon cupcake cake:

This simple and fun Chinese dragon cupcake cake would be awesome for a Chinese New Year party or a reptile-themed kid’s birthday party. You could also translate this idea into a snake quite easily.

I love the open circle buttercream dots in the yellow, orange and blue stripes. Even the face is made of buttercream, utilizing a few different piping tips. A nice example of an easy-to-create cupcake cake.

The full tutorial can be found on Hoosier Homemade. If snakes and lizards are a must at your next party, check out these fabulous Reptile Cakes.

Cupcakes in Shape of the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Photo via Coco Cake Land

The Very Hungry Caterpillar cupcake cake:

Eric Carle’s beloved children’s storybook The Very Hungry Caterpillar translates very nicely into cake.

This cupcakes cake features two-tone swirled green buttercream cupcakes to emulate the watercolor aesthetic of Eric Carle’s work.

Little feet are made using black fondant and the head is a round two-layer cake covered in red fondant and decorated with fondant eyes and nose. The antennae stay put with the help of wooden toothpicks. And who could forget the “hair” of a caterpillar? This guy’s “hair” is made up of tiny chocolate sprinkles, hand-placed into the buttercream using tweezers.

So much fun for a kid’s birthday party, with great visual appeal, too!

Looking for more creative ideas for children’s birthday party cakes? Check out the Craftsy class Design Your Own Castle Cake with Sharon Wee.

For more cupcake fun, come back to the Craftsy Blog on Friday for a roundup of creative fondant toppers for cupcakes and other sweet treats!

Have you ever made a cupcakes cake? If so, what was your method?

Comments

  1. rosa says:

    I sure love all your designed that would make a kid so happy on their birthday

  2. Deebi27 says:

    Creativity plus! Big or little smiles and fun for all!

  3. Ramona Escalante says:

    Where can i get a chart for the decorating tips ?

  4. Lorraine Wilcox says:

    Unbelievable what things people come up with.
    Truly amazing and beautiful.. So SWEET, in more ways than one…

  5. thank you everyone for the comments! glad the cupcakes cakes are alive, well and POPULAR! :)

  6. A says:

    How many cupcakes did you use in the Owls in a Tree cake? The cool icing makes it hard to decipher the cupcake lines :)

    1. Lyndsay Sung says:

      hi A, looks like there’s roughly 2 dozen in the tree. ^__^