I hope this project can help you make simple cupcakes something special.  The mini cupcakes are devil food cakes.


The castle cupcake stand is about 3 feet tall.  It is quite sizable and dramatic.   It can hold regular size cupcakes too. 

I made the structure for this cupcake stand mostly out of recycled materials.  I think I spent about $5 for new materials.

The towers are made of toilet paper tubes covered in craft paper. 
The roofs for the towers are made of quarter round cardboards.  The cupcake stand has 4 tiers. 
The tiers are 4 inches, 8 inches, 10 inches, and 15 inches. 
They are made of recycled cardboard boxes covered with shelf liner, so it can be easily cleaned up. 
The center support is made of empty tin cans. 
The walls at the base are made of recycled pizza boxes. 
The six walls together makes  up hexagonal structure. 

I hope you will love this project and I hope it will make some kids very happy!!!


I would like to include an easy and delicious devil food cake recipe. The recipe is originally from Bon Appétit March 1992 issue by Susan Tollefson. I modified it slightly for mini cupcakes.

• 1 1/4 cups sugar
• 1 cup buttermilk
• 2/3 cup vegetable oil
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
• 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

Making the cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Put cupcakes liners in mini cupcake pan
- Mix or blend the first 5 ingredients in large bowl
- Add Sifted flour
- Add cocoa
- Add baking soda
- Mix Well
- Spoon batter into mini cupcake pan
- bake for 14-15 minutes at 350 degree
- Let cool for 5 minutes




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    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is perfect! My niece loves Disneyland and asks every day to see "my castle"! With her birthday right around the corner, you've given me the perfect way to show her "her" castle for much cheaper.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    This is amazing! I must put this on my party-planning-binder along with princess-party-ideas. I wish I could hold a princess party to myself. :D Or at least do some cupcakes just to try this out.

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    Thank you for the nice comments! I will keep up with the good work.

    I like Cardboard Dome that you made. I have always wanted to make study cardboard furniture... It is amazing how many things you can make with simple cardboard... I just found out that you can make pretty sturdy things with paper mache too...

    You should have a princess party to yourself! :D (All girls should feel like a princess or a queen! I gave my younger sister a tiara when she moved away...) When you do have your princess party, let us know how it goes...

    I have ideas for making tiaras to give to my friends... I will try to do this as a future instructable project, so do check back...