Tuesday, June 18, 2013

DIY Cupcake Cup (or 'Have Cupcake, Will Travel')

cupcake and washi tape

I love cupcakes. I do. They are perfectly portioned little bits of goodness that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They are a great option for kid's parties - they come in their own packaging, are the right size for little hands, and kids love them, well for the most part; Little P still isn't keen on them.

But there's always been one thing that's bugged me about cupcakes - how do you travel with an individual cupcake? 

Think about it. You’ve been to a party, the host offers you a ‘to-go cupcake’ and then you have to work out how to get said cupcake home in one piece.

You can't really drive with one as you kind of need both hands for that (safety first people). You could put it in your lap, but you will more than likely wind up with frosting on your pants (not a good look). Put it on the seat beside you, and well disaster is bound to strike. You could put it in the cup holder, but then there’s the whole ‘how do you get it out without creating a mess’ situation.

What a pickle.

Never fear though, I have the answer (compliments of some very smart fellow bloggers).

It’s really simple actually – use a 9 ounce plastic cup. Yup, that’s it (as demonstrated by Russell and Billie)

cupcake hands cup
Russell has the new and improved 'cupcake in a cup'
while Billie goes 'old school'

clean versus messy cupcake
Russell stays clean using the 'cupcake cup' and a fork;
as for Billie, well, you can see what's going on there
Now, you could of course, just have cups on hand at the party and just let people know that if they want to take one home, by all means use the cup for ‘safe traveling’, but you know me, I can’t leave well enough alone. I had to go and Washi it up.

All you need for this simple little project is Washi tape, plastic cups (which you can pick up at any grocery store, craft store or party supply place – I get mine from Target when they are on sale), a little creative inspiration and of course the cupcakes.

Just take a cup; slap some Washi tape on it, and TA-DAH!!! One very quick and easy way to enable people to travel with cupcakes (and cheaper than those individual cupcake boxes you can get).

cupcake cup washi tape
Take one cupcake, take a cup and add some Washi tape to it,
and there you have it - Cupcake Cup to go!
If you want to step it up a notch, decorate a disposable fork with some paint, or a little Washi and add it to the cup. 

cupcake cup and fork
For a little extra 'wow' decorate a fork as well
You could also have them prepped and ready to go, with a little plastic wrap over the top (to prevent spillage – nothing worse than a dropped cupcake), or you could use a paper doily, some tulle (getting visions of a ballerina themed party), or just a funky napkin to cover it with. Tie it  off with some baker’s twine, or throw a colored rubber band around it and you are good to go.

Options are really only limited by what you have on hand and your imagination.

Cute huh?

So till next time, keep calm and eat cupcakes!!


(no cupcakes where harmed in the making of this post - plenty were eaten, but none were harmed)


  1. LOVE IT! Old school rules (with a container of baby wipes)

    1. Naturally - and thanks. Glad you liked it.

  2. Simple life hack, and oh so cute. Love.

    1. Thanks Megan - can't take the credit though - it was all Russell's idea (I just glammed it up a bit)

  3. Too cute!!! I love cupcakes too!! But what do you ya do when you want to take home 2, 3, or 4 cupcakes???!!! LOL

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  5. That was the best life hack idea i've had in a while. Good post. Glad we can help give you new subject material.

    1. It was fun to write - and thanks for the inspiration. I know what I'm doing for the next party I host - cupcake cups and lots of them!!

  6. I'll just do things the old school way. I like a messy, frosting all over the face cupcake fest. Heehee.