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10 Pretty Cupcake Tower Ideas for Displaying Your Masterpieces

Birthday Cupcake Tower - Pretty Cupcake Tower

Do you love baking cupcakes?

Cupcakes are some of the prettiest and daintiest bakery items. Many bakers take great care in making these little treats as beautiful as possible. As a result, they want a unique display that showcases their creations in a decorative way. 

This is especially true if they plan on selling the cupcakes. Cute cupcake arrangements catch the eyes of potential buyers.

Whether you plan on selling your cakes professionally or just want to display them in a gorgeous way, a pretty cupcake tower is the way to go. But what are the different cupcake towers?

Keep reading to learn more about the top 10 ways to arrange your cupcakes for optimal aesthetic results!

1. Birthday Cake Tower

Do you love hosting birthday parties but hate having to divide up the cake into equal pieces, making sure every child gets a fair share? 

Take advantage of your cupcake making skills and create a fun tower! For a birthday party, consult with the guest of honor to figure out the party's theme, then bake some theme-based cupcakes. For instance, the child is having a ballet-themed party; make some pink and cream-colored cupcakes that mimic the hues of a leotard and tights.

Using one of the many available cupcake stands, arrange the cupcakes in an aesthetically-pleasing manner. Usually, people gravitate toward displays that show symmetry, so alternate the colors and make them appear balanced for the best results.

Voila! You have a beautiful--and easy to distribute--birthday cake!

2. Wedding Cake Tower

If someone has asked you to make a wedding cake, you likely feel both honored and overwhelmed. Someone asking you to make the signature dessert of their most memorable day is both an honor and an extreme pressure, and you might worry about messing it up.

But what if instead of one, larger cake, you made several cupcakes and arranged them into a tower?

Of course, before you do this, you need to get the permission of the happy couple. Even though most people order a wedding cake, many don't even consider cupcakes at first, so it might be worth it to run the idea by them.

If they agree, ask them about the colors of their wedding and if they have any specific flavor requests. Bake everything into the cupcakes, and then use an elegant wedding cake stand to arrange the cupcakes in a gorgeous array.

3. Flower Displays 

Are you creating cupcakes for an event that involves flowers?

If so, consider making a cupcake tower that mimics the color of the flowers and incorporates them in a unique way. To do this, simply take a look at the flowers and use food coloring and vibrant frosting to match the colors as closely as possible. Then, order a cupcake stand that has room for a cake on the top. Display your cupcakes on the stand and decorate the top with some of the flowers.

If desired, place some flowers between the cupcakes as well.

4. Graduation Cupcakes

Do you have a special grad in your life? Celebrate their achievement by making a cupcake tower just for them!

Using either their school colors or the color of their graduation cap and gown, make and frost your cupcakes. Use decorative cake inserts to celebrate their achievements or showcase their individual personality. Then, place the cakes on the tray, alternating the colors if you used more than one. 

5. Seasonal Display

If you run a bakery, though, you might not be making a tower for any particular day. Instead, you try to get your scrumptious cupcakes off the tower and into the mouths of your loyal customers.

So, what should you do in this case?

First, think about the season in which you're selling the cupcakes. Has Fall just arrived? If so, consider making some vibrant tree leaf-colored cupcakes and arrange them on a stand with a wider base and a narrower top so that it resembles a tree. 

6. On-Brand Display

Does your bakery have a specific theme or atmosphere to it?

Most small business owners brand everything, including their personal space. This means they create it to evoke the overall impression they want their business to give. If you have any colors you commonly use in your bakery, logo, or promotional materials, consider putting it on your cupcakes and arranging those cupcakes onto an attractive cupcake stand. 

7. Cupcakes in a Glass

If you need an incredibly elegant cupcake display, this cupcake tower could be just what you're looking for. 

To achieve it, use a clear cupcake stand and purchase some inexpensive-but-luxurious champagne glasses. Make sure the cup portion of the glass is shallow and wide enough to hold your cupcakes without making them look awkward.

Nest your cupcakes in the glasses, and place them on the tower. This should create an incredibly lovely and mouth-watering cupcake arrangement.

8. Game Day Cupcakes

Not everyone thinks of cupcakes when they envision game day treats, but they still make an excellent addition to your table.

To make a game day cupcake tower, bake your cupcakes and frost them, making them look like the ball of your preferred sport (click here for an MLB example). Alternatively, decorate them with the numbers of your family's favorite players.

9. Classic Cupcake Display

If you need to make a cupcake tower for a wide variety of people and don't have much feedback regarding their personal tastes, try making the classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.

Yet, classic doesn't have to mean boring if you use them to create a beautiful tower. After you finish your cupcakes, frost them and add any other decorative elements you'd like. Then, using the rule of symmetry, place your cupcakes in an alternating pattern.

10. Decorate Your Pretty Cupcake Tower

No matter which type of pretty cupcake tower you choose to make, you have the opportunity to embellish your tower with some non-cupcake elements. 

For instance, if you're making a wedding cupcake tower, incorporate some of the same flowers as those in the bride's bouquet in between your cupcakes. For a child's birthday party, place theme-related items around your creations.

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Now, you know how to make a pretty cupcake tower.

By using one of these fantastic cupcake tower ideas, cake designers around the world guarantee that they display their beautiful creations well. No matter what the occasion, there's a way to design a cupcake tower around it!

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