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. jodie says

    Could you use flower foam instead of fake cake foam? I am going to try it for my wedding. Not getting married until summer 2015 so I have time for trial and error.

  2. Jackie Powers says

    Am I the only person who can’t find 1 inch thick cake boards? The article would be much better if you listed where to get the supplies online. Just my two cents!

  3. lori says

    is there anything you can use besides the cake dummies? can I use just regular Styrofoam cylinders instead? or anything else, any ideas?

  4. Lisa says

    I have to do 80 cupcakes. How many tiers should I do?? Seeing the cost of some stands, I think it’s cheaper to make one!

  5. Katherine says

    I have looked at both Michael’s craft store & Jo Ann fabrics & can’t find the styrofoam dummies in the right sizes. Can you tell me where you purchased your’s?

    Thank you,

  6. Courtney says

    Love the tutorial! I think I’ll be making one of these for my best friend’s bridal shower coming up. I’m looking at making around 30 cupcakes for the event and I read that your 5-tier stand in the tutorial has room for 50. So do you think 3 tiers would be enough for the 30 cupcakes? or should I do 4?

    Thank you so much!

    • Katherine says

      Hi Courtney,
      I have made a few cupcake stands of my own. I think the four layer size would be better for the amount of cupcakes that you would like to make.

  7. Daisy says

    This is really cool! I’m going to use it for a boutique soon. It looks very inexpensive and I’ve been trying to find something like this for a long time. Thank you.

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