How to Make a Cupcake Wedding Tree

by Michelle Powell-Smith

Cupcake trees are tiered cake stands, with the largest tier at the bottom and progressively smaller ones toward the top. This DIY cupcake tree relies upon foam core or cake decorating rounds stacked with Styrofoam dummy cake forms and decorated with basic craft supplies. Cupcakes are a playful accent to a wedding, especially displayed on a cupcake stand. While you can buy cupcake holders at your local craft store, making you own custom cupcake tree will allow you to create a look that meshes well with your wedding style and decor.

Items you will need

  • Foam core or cardboard cake rounds
  • Craft knife or scalpel (optional, needed for foam core)
  • Compass or straight edge (needed for foam core)
  • Decorative paper or fabric
  • Ribbon, braid or trim
  • Black paint
  • Cake dummies
  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue
Step 1

Plan on three to four tiers for a smaller wedding or more for a larger wedding. Size the tiers accordingly. Plan on 16-inch, 12-inch, and 8-inch, tiers for a small wedding cupcake tree, holding anywhere from 2 to 3 dozen cupcakes. Opt to add 24-inch and 20-inch tiers to more than double this capacity for a larger wedding.

Step 2

Cut foam core to size for each tier of your cupcake tree. Mark the desired size and shape on each tier with a compass or straight edge before cutting with a craft knife.

Step 3

Paint 6-inch tall Styrofoam cake dummy forms. Black will allow your supports to disappear visually.

Step 4

Trace the shape of each cake round or tier onto the back side of paper or fabric. Carefully cut one piece of decorative paper or fabric for each foam core or cardboard round. Neatly adhere onto the levels of your cake stand with spray adhesive.

Step 5

Use hot glue to apply ribbon or trim around the edges of each round or tier.

Step 6

Center a cake dummy on top of the largest cupcake stand tier. Hot glue into place, then center the next layer atop the support. Glue the second round of the cupcake tree into place. Repeat for each tier to form a stacked structure for your cupcake stand.


  • Support a large wedding cupcake tree with a dowel rod through the center of your cake dummies and each tier of your cupcake stand.
  • Choose fabrics or decorative papers in colors that work well with your wedding scheme and the colors of your cupcake icing.
  • Try terracotta pots, painted or unpainted, instead of dummy cake forms for a different look.

About the Author

Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing on a variety of subjects from finance to crafts since 2004. Her work appears on various websites. She holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which has provided strong research skills and a varied range of interests.

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