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