DIY: Cupcake Stand To-Go

Contributed by Maegan Romanello of Maegs Bakes Cakes

Not too long ago, I was asked to supply cupcakes for a special family member’s 80th birthday party. I love family birthdays, it gives me an excuse to create a fun cupcake display for the birthday boy or girl.

This time I decided to go with a Nascar themed display. The first thing I did was start searching for pop up displays. I needed one that could withstand a 5 hour drive and hold 60 cupcakes. Of course…they were all way over priced!

A few years back my cousin showed me a trick she uses to create her multi tiered fruit displays for family parties. Her secret, USPS boxes…they are free and can be found at any local post office. I went and picked up 3 medium flat rate boxes and got to work. Directions and pictures below…

Total Cost: $4

Supplies you’ll need to create your Cupcake Stand To-Go:

3 medium flat rate USPS boxes (Free, can be found at any local post office)

Tape (I used clear masking tape)

Paint (I used acrylic paint from Michaels, $2.50 with my 40% off coupon)

Paint brush (any kind)
Scissors

Box #1 – Base

Box #2 – Top Tier

Box #3 – Middle and Bottom Tier

Step #1 – Place Box #1 flat down for your base

Step 1

Step #2 – Build Box #2 and place ¾ of the way back on Box #1, place a small piece of tape, enough to hold the box down.

Step 2

Step #3 – While laying flat, measure Box #3 8 inches, the bottom half will be 4 inches; these are Tiers 2 & 3. Cut the box where you measured to make two half boxes.

Step 3

Step #4 – Build the half boxes to make Tiers 2 & 3.

Step 4

Step #5 – Place the 8 inch Tier in front of the tallest Tier and tape enough to hold it in place.
Step 5

Step #6 – Place the 4 inch Tier in front of the tallest Tier and tape enough to hold it in place.

Step 6

Step #7 – Paint the stand (I painted 4 coats to be sure the tape was covered) and you’re ready to create your display!

Step 7

Seems pretty inexpensive and easy, right? Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Chocolate Cupcakes Iced with Nutella Buttercream

Contributed by Bree of Bree’s Kitchen

If you’re anything like me and love chocolate, these are the cupcakes for you!

Chocolate Cupcakes Iced with Nutella Buttercream recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Welcome to a quick and easy recipe for moist and fluffy chocolate cupcakes topped with delicious Nutella buttercream frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes Iced with Nutella Buttercream recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

The recipe for perfection is when you combine two of the most delicious flavors in the world into one treat, chocolate cupcakes AND Nutella! It’s two for the price of one…double the fun…and who doesn’t want that?

Chocolate Cupcakes Iced with Nutella Buttercream recipe by Sweet Lovers University (SLU) Contributor Bree. SLU is the official blog of Sweet Fest.

Try it out and make sure you let us know how these delicious cupcakes turned out for you in the comment section below.

7.10.14 - Chocolate Cupcakes iced with Nutella Buttercream PNG