Edible Cupcake Stands

02.03.10

Are you starting to notice I have cake on my mind?

I thought you might like a little extra fun for your Valentine cupcakes this year, so we did some experimenting over here.

Here’s what you’ll need to create your very own, fully edible, cupcake stands, and impress all your Valentines this year.
1. White candy melts
(I chose candy melts over real white chocolate because they’re so much easier to melt and work with, and they don’t have to be tempered when they’re melted)

2. One Recipe Royal Icing, mix together
3 tbsp. meringue powder
1 lb. confectioners’ sugar
6 Tbsp. warm water
(Just beat on low until it forms peaks and looks like icing).

3. Cookie cutters or other impromptu molds you find around your kitchen.

Here’s how we went about it. First we opened every drawer in the kitchen and pulled out anything that looked like it could be a mold.

Then we made some royal icing and scooped it into a pastry bag.

We set out all our molds over a piece of parchment paper. If you have trouble making the molds stay in place, add a little icing to the bottom. But we didn’t find this to be necessary. We just plopped a few cookie cutters down.

We melted the candy wafers in the microwave (one minute at a time at half power, stirring between) and poured them in our molds.

We tried a nesting effect. Next time I’ll decorate with colored icing rather than melting in more colored candy.

After they cooled in the fridge, we leveled a few.

Then glued them together with our royal icing. Here are the ones that turned out to be our favorites. We liked the ones that used surprisingly small cookie cutters. But really the possibilities are limited only by what you can turn into a mold. Just make sure you try out one model cupcake stand, to make sure it can hold up a cupcake, before you make dozens of them.

There, won’t your Valentine be impressed?

For those of you who want to expand your cupcake repertoire, here are a few recipes I’ve been dying to try. Do you have a favorite cupcake?

Lucious Lime Cupcakes (My friend made these for a baby shower last night. They were amazing. I wish I had a picture because they were beautiful, piled high with airy whipped lime mousse. Biting into cake and lime mousse all at once is a pretty great thing).
Fluffernutter cupcakes by the awesome Michelle of One Ordinary Day
Chocolate, banana, and teff cupcakes (gluten free and amazing looking)
Salted caramel chocolate cupcakes
Cotton candy cupcakes
Vanilla cupcakes with blackberry buttercream
Blue velvet cupcakes
White chocolate cupcakes
Dark chocolate cupcakes with milk chocolate buttercream

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

marta February 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

super duper darling. cupcakes are so dainty and fun, i love them for valentine’s. i adore red velvet cupcakes! the other day i had a mint chocolate one that was to die for. and am totally intrigued with that cotton candy recipe! mmm.

p.s. am so excited for your big give. hooray.

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Sherry Cartwright February 3, 2010 at 9:38 am

Oh darling, these are too cute.

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Michelle February 3, 2010 at 9:45 am

Honestly, you are some kind of creative genius. My kids would LOVE this idea. I just bought the fixins’ for Valentine’s Day cupcakes, but I didn’t know I should have picked up candy melts too. : )

Thanks for the link too!!
~Michelle

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Michelle February 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Love these! Btw, where did you get those sprinkles?

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AmberLee February 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hi Michelle,
Those sprinkles actually came from my mother-in-law. She brought some over to my kids this weekend, and I think she just bought them at the grocery store. But I’ve bought some fun sprinkles before from Bake it Pretty, Sur la Table, and I’ve wanted to buy some from Fancy Flours.

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Your Homebased Mom February 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I love the idea of the edibile cupcake stands – so cute and yummy! Glad you enjoyed the lime cupcakes. They are one of our favorites!!

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Steph February 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I love this! You’re crazy brilliant. Thanks for the cupcake links. Or should I say no thanks?– I’ll probably gain 10 lbs as a result of this post.

My favorite cupcake is a filled raspberry lime: grated lime zest is added to a lemon cake mix for the cupcakes, and then they’re filled with a mixture of fresh lime juice and sweetened condensed milk and topped with a raspberry whipped cream frosting. They’re to die for. And they’d be really pretty for Valentine’s day…

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Sara Walk February 4, 2010 at 1:33 am

oh my goodness that is just too cute!! but I must know where do you get those adorable dollie cupcake holders? Did you make them yourself?? I must know they are just the cutest!

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AmberLee February 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

hi Sara,
I’m so glad you asked. (I was hoping someone would!) I used my dollar-store heart doilies and clipped off the tops. If you cut at a bit of an arch it makes the perfect cupcake wrap.

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Shawndra February 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

Thats CRRAAAZZYY clever! Im hooked, an instant fan. All smiles.

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Su February 4, 2010 at 8:50 am

ooo I also ring in with a resounding – you are awesome! Thanks for the inspiration!

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lisa February 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

wow… who would have thought? mmmm makes me hungary You are so clever!

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kim February 5, 2010 at 5:21 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE This! Featured today on my blog!

Kim
http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com/2010/02/nice-package-o.html

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Rachel February 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Way creative! Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking.

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amy February 7, 2010 at 10:51 am

this is SO DARN CUTEEEE:) lovee the cupcakes in their very pretty liners too:)

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Susan Petersen February 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

wowzers those are amazing!

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