DIY – How to make a cupcake stand/cupcake tower – cupcakes & mini cakes

Cupcake cake stand
I think when serving cupcakes or mini cakes, they look so much better when served on a cake stand. So I have made a tutorial that will show you how to make a cupcake cake stand. When you have all the materials ready it is very easy and quick to make. You can adapt it to the colour or pattern on your cakes. I have used thick gift wrap paper to cover the cake boards. If you like you can place a 6″ cake on the top tier. I would not recommend to place any larger cake on top.



materials for making a cupcake cake stand
This is what I have used:
Cake boards: 1×8″, 1×10″, 1×12″
Note: If you want two more tiers on the stand, you will need 1×14″ + 1×16″ cake boards.

Styrofoam cake dummies Each 2″ high in the sizes: 2X6″ and 2×7″ (If you can get 4″ high Styrofoam cake dummies, then you will only need 1 in each size)
Note: You will need 2×8″ 2×9″ Styrofoam cake dummies for two more tiers.

Satin ribbon, enough for both cake boards and the Styrofoam cake dummies
Thick paper
Glue stick or double sided tape
Craft glue
Strong double sided carpet tape
Metal pins
A pair of scissors
A pencil

Step 1:
Start by glue the Styrofoam cake dummies together. So they can dry completely.
cupcake cake stand

Step 2:
Take the satin ribbon, and fasten it on the cake dummies with a metal pin. Then wrap it tightly all the way around the cake dummies.
Note: you can also glue the ribbon on the cake dummies if you like, just use a glue stick.

Step 3:
Secure the satin ribbon with a metal pin or a small piece of double sided tape. Continue with the rest of the cake dummies.
cupcake cake stand

Step 4:
Place the cake boards on the paper and with the pencil draw a line around the cake boards. Cut out the paper circles with a pair of scissors.
cupcake cake stand

Step 5:
Rub the glue stick all over the cake board and place the paper circles on top.
cupcake cake stand
cupcake cake stand

Step 6:
To attach the satin ribbon around the side of the cake boards use either a glue stick or double sided tape.
cupcake cake stand

Step 7:
Now it is time to assemble the cake stand. Use strong double sided carpet tape so that the cake dummies stays in place on the cake boards. Note: Remember when you have assembled the cake stand with cakes on it, not to move it around too much.

IMPORTANT!! If you are having problems finding the materials to make this cake stand. Then please take your time and read through the comment section as you may be able to find links and answers on where you can buy the materials.

You can also cover your boards for the cake stand with rolled fondant.

Please visit my tutorial section if you want to learn cake and cupcake decoration techniques so you can make fantastic creations to put on your cake stand.

Happy Caking!



  1. Shirley Rash says

    Your cupcake stand gave me an idea of how to make a 3 tiered display for a doll show on October 17, 2015 in Carson City, NV! My daughter will be able to show off her character action figures that she has sewed that go with her comic books in a very unique way. I plan to put the display on a lazy susan to make it “interactive” to attract more customers to her side of the table that I rented! My side has a unusual display too.
    Hope to see some of you there! The table is Shirley’s Creative Designs & Dream Angel Paradise and Tech Warrior Comic Books with her action figures.

  2. meghann walsh says

    I need a cupcake/cake stand the only thing is my cake is a 8/10 cake. The first two layers are cupcakes the top is the cake. Is there anyway I can expand this to make it work?

    • Jonas says


      I’m sorry, but I am not sure how to make this work. I have posted your question to the site to see if any other viewers are able to help find an answer.

  3. Christina says

    I love this article about how to make a cake ball tower. I am making a cake pop wedding cake for a friend and having a difficult time finding a styrofoam cake dummy. I’ve experimented on different types of styrofoam pieces and have found that some are very hard, and some too loose. What kind of styrofoam do you use, and who is the supplier? The cake will be holding 360 cake pops, 5 tiers, so it has to be quite sturdy. The dimensions have to be 5″ high, with the tiers 8″, 10″, 12″, 14″, and 16″ diameter. I tried with a very hard piece of EPS foam and it was nearly impossible forcing the lollipop stick into the material. I’d appreciate any information or advice, thanks!

  4. kym says

    Hi Louise,

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I am going to make this stand for my niece birthday party! I have a question when attaching the styrofoam cake dummies whivh size do I use first? Is the smallest one used directly under the 8 inch cake board? Please help me. Also if I wanted to make a 4 tier with a cake on top can I start with a 10 inch? Thanks.


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