Saturday, August 7, 2010

DIY Cupcake Wrappers

Have you seen all the pretty cupcake wrappers available now? I've seen them online but not in my local stores. I was recently asked to donate cupcakes for an event. I wanted to dress them up and was remembering those pretty cupcake wrappers. With no time to place an order, maybe I could make my own. I considered cutting scrapbooking paper but didn't want to buy scissors that cut a fancy edge. Then it hit me....I had some paper doilies.

This package of 40 came from a Dollar Store!

I just folded it in half, then cut out the center.

Cut along the fold on either side.

Wrapped it around and secured with a bit of tape.

The request was for Strawberry Flavored Cakes. At first it was to be a sheet cake and there was brief mention of pistachio filling. So when the order was changed to cupcakes, I decided to sprinkle some crushed pistachios on top. The green was a pretty contrast to the pink frosting and the salty, crunchy nuts were a nice compliment to the strawberry flavored cake/frosting.
[Lesson learned--some nuts, particularly pistachios, sitting overnight on frosting will absorb some of the shortening from the frosting and become somewhat soggy/chewy :( ]

Then I topped them off with a fresh strawberry sliced in half.
I was very happy with the result but may experiment with a 10" doily next time. The curvature on the 8" doily caused it to flare away from the cake. Maybe the larger 10" will stand straighter making a tighter fit.
Very Easy way to give your cupcake a Gourmet Makeover. Looks so good it even tastes better. LOL. Give it a try and let me know how yours turns out!