DIY Graduation Party!

CUPCAKETREE.COM teams up with MEIJER STORES for GRADUATION PARTY GOODNESS!

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Boy, do we have exciting news this graduation season! If you are lucky enough to live in a town that has a Meijer store with a bakery, you can run out right this minute and buy our Graduation Party in a Box complete with your school colors for $14.95! Combine it with a few dozen delicious Meijer cupcakes and your Graduation party will be a HIT!

For those of you who don’t live near a Meijer store but LOVE the cute pic above, fear not! Everything you see here was done with our regular Party in a Box Kit (Petite Cupcaketree, 4 sets of paper overlays, endcaps & cupcake wrappers) http://www.cupcaketree.com/products/partyinbox.php. Plus some things I grabbed at the local dollar store or found in my trusty craft bin. Want to get CrAfTy?? Let’s GO!

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1. Yarn in your choice of color (ask your friend who thought she wanted to learn to knit!)
2. Paper in your school colors
3. Hole punch (not pictured…my kindergartener ran off with it)
4. Black card stock
5. Round wood toothpicks
6. Pencil (you can use a regular #2 or a white colored pencil)
7. Black Sharpie
8. Small sharp knife
9. Good scissors (you will find yourself cursing a lot if you use the dull ones you found in the shed)
10. Clear tape
11. Optional: Graduation stickers

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Maybe we got a little too excited there in that […]

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: decorating||0 Comments

How To: Paint Your Cupcaketree!

Lots of people ask us: What is the best way to decorate my Cupcaketree?
I always answer: Paint it!

I know…it seems crazy to paint cardboard but trust me, it really works! I have done this dozens of times with excellent results and you won’t believe how easy it is. Once your Cupcaketree is painted it is more durable and moisture resistant, making it possible to use it again and again. I have one girlfriend who has used the same Cupcaketree for each of her daughter’s seven birthdays and even re-painted it several times. It always looks brand new!

Check out this video tutorial for step by step instructions!

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

Vanilla Beans & Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms and vanilla beans… what could be more sublime?

The key to this recipe is real vanilla bean and if you have never tried baking with them I highly recommend it. Nothing compares!

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Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
yield: 28 cupcakes

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean
5 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 cups cake flour
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 28 muffin cups with cupcake liners. (This will use two 1 dozen pans, plus 4 from a third pan.) Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Cream together butter sugar and vanilla bean seeds with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each addition. Add vanilla, baking powder, and salt and mix until evenly distributed. Add the flour alternately with the buttermilk, mixing well after each addition and beginning and ending with flour. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 of the way full with batter. I use a scoop so that all of my cupcakes are really close to the same size. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. Allow to cool completely before frosting. Frost with vanilla buttercream and garnish as desired.

Vanilla Buttercream

2 sticks butter, softened
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsps. milk or water

Beat all ingredients together using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer. Use to frost cupcakes.

Thanks to From Calculus to Cupcakes blog for the […]

By |March 25th, 2014|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

Red Velvet Love

Who loves Red Velvet? Everybody!

Just look at that cream cheese frosting…

Here is a super recipe in case you want to bake for your sweetie!

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Ingredients:
For the Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons red food coloring
1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with cupcake papers.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. In a large bowl gently beat together the oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer. Add the sifted dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake tins about 2/3 filled. Bake in oven for about 20 to 22 minutes, turning the pans once, half way through. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until smooth. Add the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy.
*This recipe is from our friends at the Food Network

By |March 24th, 2014|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

Fall Leaf Cup Tutorial

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How amazing is it to see the green leaves change into a rainbow of reds, yellows & oranges? It’s a big reason why I have not yet abandoned my part of the country for a place where two feet of snow is not considered a “light dusting”. In my state kids only get snow days when the drifts reach the roof. Otherwise, wrap your kindergarteners up until they look like the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man and roll them out to the bus stop ’cause a little weather never hurt anybody! But I digress. Right now it is early October, one of the most gorgeous times of year and I have decided to pay homage to Mother Nature by showing you how to dress up your Cupcaketree with her little works of art. Leaves!

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The supply gathering part of this project is like, the best ever. I picked my little girls up from school last week and took them to our favorite park where we wandered through the woods with our baskets collecting and comparing leaves. I happen to know most of the species of leaves ’cause I’m cool like that but it’s not necessary for your crafting. It was fun to rattle off the names to the girls when they held them up for me to see though…Maple! Oak! Sycamore!…they’re still little enough that they think leaf identification skills are awesome. Man, I am not looking forward to puberty when all of my nerd knowledge is sure to be deemed LAME.
Anyway, you should just pick up the most beautiful and colorful fallen leaves you come across, adding in […]

By |October 8th, 2013|Categories: Cupcaketree notes, decorating||0 Comments

Ribbon Overlay Tutorial

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Well it’s officially fall now where I live and I greet this development with mixed emotions. On the one hand I will really miss flip-flops and the beach but on the other hand I love football. Just kidding! I don’t know the difference between a quarterback and a Quarter Pounder (TM McDonalds). What I really love about this time of year is apples. Apple picking, apple sauce, apple pie (I once won a blue ribbon. True story), caramel apples, apple fritters, apple cider….I could go on and on like Forrest Gump’s friend who loves the shrimp. Apples are great!

So today I thought I would show you how much I truly adore all things apple by sharing this super-easy tutorial. It’s about ribbon at first but then you will get to the really good appley part.

As you can see in the photo above, it looks really cute when you thread colorful ribbon through our white overlays. Depending on your event you could choose wedding colors, holiday themes, even Hello Kitty for your little one. They all look great with this technique.

     Here is what you will need to pull this off:

Note: If you have more than 30 cupcakes (or apples!) to display
check out our Mini Round Cupcaketree stand and matching
overlays.

Once you have your supplies together you may want to congratulate yourself for getting this far. Seriously, you have done the boring part in gathering these supplies. Now you get to partake in some light crafting! Remember those cute little lacing cards your great aunt used to give you […]

By |September 26th, 2013|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

New Cupcaketree Product Videos!

We are tremendously excited that the Party in a Box video is getting so many views on our website! Our Meg does an excellent job of demonstrating just how easy it is to both assemble and decorate your Cupcaketree Cupcake Stands. Of course, viewing these fabulous new videos is as easy as following the links below. We certainly hope you will take a few minutes to view them all! Go ahead, you know you want to. Watch Judy talk about new trends in baking here!
Then check out our NEW Party in a Box! The do-it-yourself, tiered cupcake stand kit allows you to go from every day to party day in just under five minutes. See all the features included in the great reusable kit for any event here. Party in a Box Petite Round Cupcaketree kit  
Next, is our Decorating Tips! Learn inexpensive tips and tricks to customize your perfect Cupcaketree. Meg shows you how. How to decorate your Cupcaketree cupcake stand for your wedding or party 
And round it off with our How to Assemble your Cupcaketree video. Meg demonstrates how easy it is to setup your Cupcaketree. How to build an Original Cupcaketree Cupcake Stand for your wedding.
By |December 13th, 2011|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

Cupcaketree Chatter; July 2011

A New Product!

Do you ever get bitten by the creative bug?  You know, the one that jumps up out of nowhere with a bright idea and gets you so excited you can hardly sleep at night?  Well, that happened to us recently.  Our customers told us they wanted an even easier way to design and set up their Cupcaketree and we knew there had to be a way we could help.  Just like that…Party in a Box was born!

 

Party in a WHAT?
The do-it-yourself, tiered cupcake stand allows you, mom, grandma, your kids (and anyone who’s willing) to construct a personal, reusable cupcake stand for parties and other events.  

A Complete Kit!
Party in a Box is a customizable, recyclable cupcake display that arrives as a complete kit and includes:

• One Petite Round Cupcaketree
• 36 cupcake wrappers.
• 4 sets of colorful disc overlays, • 12 sheets in all  allow you choose which colors you want to use, even mix and match them!

• 12 Riser covers for the edges.
• Quick, easy assembly instructions

Affordable.
Good for at least FOUR uses, Party in a Box is only $27.95.

The Perfect Size.
Party in a Box is a Petite Round Cupcaketree that holds  up to 36 cupcakes.

Order Yours Today!
The Party in a Box Kit is ready to ship today! Order one here.

Be sure to check out all of our Cupcake displays at  Cupcaketree.com and if you’ve used them in the past, please email your photos to info@cupcaketree.com.  We love passing along great ideas to our […]

By |June 29th, 2011|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

Spring Chatter

Cupcaketree Chatter

April, 2011

Greetings from Cupcaketree!

Spring is definitely in the air and with that, we’re also having a burst of creative energy (one of the best feelings in the world).  If you’re one of those who’s not easily inspired to decorate, we’re full of ideas to help!

Cupcaketree Wrappers

Our Cupcaketree Wrappers are really a lifesaver!  The paper wrappers are custom sized for each tier.  A great feature is that they can be painted with spray enamel or left the beautiful white .  Please Note:  Cupcaketree Wrappers only work with the Original Round Cupcaketree.

Filling the Space
If you’re the kind who likes to think outside the box, you probably want to find creative ways to fill some of the space in between cupcakes on your Cupcaketree consider: Chocolate covered strawberries (YUM!), Candies, Fresh flowers, Fresh Greens.
       
Ribbon Results
Does the idea of trying to figure out how much ribbon to buy to cover the outside edges of your Cupcaketree really stress you out?  Well stress no more!  We have all of the ribbon lengths for EACH Cupcaketree size and shape on our website just for you.  

 Creative Cupcake Wrappers

If you’re looking for unique wrappers for your individual cupcakes, check out our friends at PaperOrchid.com and Bella Cupcake Couture.com.  They have amazing products we know you’ll love!
For additional decorating ideas, please visit our photo gallery on our website, submitted by real Cupcaketree customers just like you!

By |June 24th, 2011|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments

February Chatter

Cupcaketree Chatter

February 24, 2011

Consider this your “inside scoop” on what’s happening at Cupcaketree.com – including exciting announcements, new products, trends, contests and advice on how to make the most out of your Cupcaketree.

 

Why use a Cupcaketree?

It’s Trendy!  

Cupcakes are here to stay.  They’re a unique way to incorporate any theme and impress your guests at weddings, showers, picnics, birthdays & anniversary parties, bat & bar mitzvahs and holiday parties.

It Saves Space!  

Cupcaketrees are the perfect solution for displaying anywhere from 20 to 300 cupcakes in a relatively small space.

It’s Green!  

Constructed of sturdy corrugated cardboard, the Cupcaketree is completely recyclable.  Can’t bring yourself to recycle it?  Re-decorate and re-use it at another event!         

It’s Easy!

Assembly only takes about 5 minutes and decorating is easy.  Check our decorating ideas.http://bit.ly/9jPIt9

FACQ (Frequently Asked Cupcaketree Questions)

How far in advance should I order my Cupcaketree?

Orders ship the next business day after they are placed. Normally we ship via UPS Ground but expedited services are available at checkout online.

How much does it cost to decorate a Cupcaketree?

That’s up to you!  A can of spray paint, 5-15 yards of ribbon (depending on the size of your Cupcaketree) and a hot glue gun or double-sided tape will do the trick.

Have a question about Cupcaketree.com?  Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions http://bit.ly/jVAG8I page or e-mail us at info@cupcaketree.com.  Find us on Facebook! http://on.fb.me/jkZcBN

By |June 24th, 2011|Categories: Cupcaketree notes||0 Comments