Thursday, April 1, 2010

Cupcakes for Sweet Treat Thursday

For today's Cuttlebug Challenge Sweet Treat Thursday the Design Team was asked to create a cupcake holder and to share a cupcake recipe.  Cupcakes continue to be a huge trend and fancy holders or wrappers are very popular.  Be sure to visit the Cuttlebug Challenge Blogspot to see what the team came up with and then check the links to the individual designer's blogs for more information.

 The decorative part of my cupcake holder is an intricate fence cut on the Heritage cartridge.  You can see the location of this cut on the keypad screenshot above.  There was not a convenient plain square or rectangle available on that cartridge so I used one from George.  If you do not have George, you could use a square from one of your other cartridges and substitute it for all of the George shapes. 

Here is the holder on the mat after cutting.  It is centered on the mat for ease in designing.  You need a piece of paper about nine inches square (placed in the center of the 12 x 12 mat) to cut the holder.

After carefully lifting the cut from the mat you will have this single piece to score and fold for the holder.  While the cut is delicate it is well connected and not particularly difficult to remove from the mat.  Just be sure to poke out any extra bits that stay stuck in the ironwork.

Each side and tab should be scored to enable you to create crisp and accurate folds.  I used my Scor-Pal and worked with any line by placing the gates on opposite sides on the same line and scoring across.  Do this four all four sides and tabs.

Here you can see the holder after scoring and folding.  I used 1/2 inch Scor-Tape on each tab to make assembly quick and easy.

To assemble the holder, just work your way around the square, sticking each tab to the adjacent side and making sure that the corners are square.

Here is an empty standard cupcake tin liner in the holder.  I made the square base 3 1/4 inches to allow plenty of room for fancy frosting.  If your cupcakes are larger or smaller you could adjust the sizing to suit.

The holder also looks cute with some Easter grass to hold jelly beans, candy and maybe a small chocolate bunny.

I added a strip of decorative paper around the base and a cute butterfly from Creative Charms to "dress up" the holder. 

For the matching card, I used the cupcake from the Sweet Treats cartridge that I had adapted for a swap.  You can read about the changes I made to get this look at THIS POST.  For the white card I cut a dark pink layer at 4 x  5 1/4 inches and a checked layer from paper similar to the "frosting" paper at 3 3/4 x 5 inches.

We were also asked to share a recipe.  My favorite recipe is the one I shared in the cupcake swap I just mentioned.  However, the cupcakes from that recipe are not particularly "photogenic" so I made a trip to Starbucks to purchase a couple of "model cupcakes" to test out the holder (they were delicious!).  Here is a LINK to the post with the recipe for "Black Bottom Cupcakes" - they are very tasty and a bit different with cream cheese and chocolate chip filling.

If you would like to cut some cupcake holders (or Easter candy holders) like mine you can download my file from the link below.

Heritage Cupcake Holder Design Studio

Heritage Cupcake Holder Gypsy


  1. I should fence in any cup cakes I want to eat,to keep me from growing. This is so darn cute and unique! I love the paper you used for the card and trim on the bottom of the fence.

  2. Wow, you do such beautiful work, it blows my mind. Thanks for all you do and share.

    Donna C.

  3. Boy that sure looks hard. What a pretty cupcake hold and card to match. Hum you have me thinking about how I can do it. I don't have those cartridges but maybe I could make something similar. Very nice work!!!!!
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

  4. I just saw this over at the cuttlebug challenges and thought it was amazing but now seeing it in detail it really is a wonderful project.
    Kim xXx

  5. Lovely, Diane! I just love the 'cage' !! and your intricate cuts are perfect... *sigh* I really need to work at that.

  6. I absolutely love the card. I was trying to find a way to send you a message. You were kind enough to enable me with the tip about the JoAnn's sale on cardstock. I had a 20% off of everything coupon in addition to the 5 sheets for a $1. So, I just bought a lot of Core'dination paper for .16 cents a piece.

    Since turnabout is fair play, the circular that they gave me today says they are having the same prices April 11 - 17.

    Thank you for introducing me to such great paper. Your work is very impressive.

  7. Your cupcake holder is wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. OMG that's awesome!!! Your work always amazes me!!! TFS :-)

  9. I love it! I've got george and heritage too...yay! You are so creative...thanks for sharing your talent w us!

    aka cyimbugbitten

  10. This is just an awesome idea!!! How you even came up with it I don't know, but thank you so much for sharing this idea!

  11. Very nice. Love the way you used the fence for the cupcake holder. Very creative. TFS

  12. Very cute. I've been looking for ways to dress up my wedding cupcakes. I guess I'll have to find some one with a Cricut as I haven't been able to get one yet! Or maybe I can use it as a good "excuse" to purchase one!

  13. Beautifull...thanks for sharing..I left you an award on my blog

  14. You do such beautiful work and explain so well. I really love that fence.
    TSM for sharing

  15. Thanks so much for sharing the cut file, Diane! It is awesome - just love it! The cupcake card is so cute too - love that little heart on the top.


    Carmen L

  16. Wow - I can't imagine my cricut cutting all that with out screwing up - I know new mat and new blade probably would work the best.

    But these are fantastic, some of your best work, I think. Thank you for sharing.

  17. You are an amazing and talented lady! You give so much of yourself to us! Thank- you for sharing your creations! Lynn

  18. I just downloaded and printed out the cupcake cage. OMGoodness, it is so awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas. Love it and love you.
    Happy Easter,
    Mary Ann

  19. Diane, such a neat cupcake holder.
    Wouldn't this be cute done in black and a tombstone pick sticking out of the cupcake..tfs

  20. AndreaA,

    I thought about that too - it will be perfect for Halloween! (The gate can look spooky or elegant depending on how you dress it up!)

    I wonder what black frosting does to your teeth! Can't you see little ghosts on the cupcake hill as well?

    Let's hope we remember this when Fall comes around.


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