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DIY Wedding Cake: Flag-Topped Wedding Cupcakes

Over the last several weeks we’ve been sharing with you some fantastically tasty DIY wedding cake ideas and today it’s time for our final (for now at least!) recipe from the folks at We’ve had Candy, buttercream, berries and Peekaboo layered cakes and this week we have some rather festive flagged cakes for your wedding favours! So get the oven warming, make sure you have all the ingredients and ready, steady, BAKE!!!


A cupcake display takes the hassle out of serving your wedding cake. No cutting, plating, or utensils needed! The best thing is while you’re usually limited to two or three flavors in a wedding cake, with cupcakes, you can easily make a wide variety of flavors to satisfy everybody’s tastes. Chocolate cupcakes with mocha frosting? Why not. Vanilla with strawberry? Sounds delicious. Red velvet with cream cheese? Yes, please! But don’t forget—decorating is one of the most important details. Get our easy step-by-step instructions for making these charming cupcake flags below.

​Cost: about $1 per cupcake (about 62p)

Serves: 1 cupcake per person


  1. Cupcakes
  2. Buttercream frosting
  3. Toothpicks
  4. Non-toxic, multi-purpose glue (such as Elmer’s)
  5. Patterned or scrapbook paper


  1. Using an offset spatula, frost each cupcake with about 2 tablespoons of buttercream frosting. Be sure the cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.
  2. To create the paper flags, cut patterned paper into strips about 1/2-inch wide and 3-inches long. Fold each piece of paper in half, and then secure to a toothpick using a small dab of glue in the crease. For a double flag, fold the paper so they are not perfectly overlapping. Trim the edges of the flags to create forked tips.
  3. Stick one or several paper flags into each cupcake.
  4. Use items you already have to display the cupcakes, but try to stay within a theme. For example, we used a mix of galvanized planters, trays, and potted plants. A mix of elevations will add visual interest to your cupcake display.

Our Cake & Frosting Recipe Picks
​Many grocery stores and bakeries will let you purchase baked, unfrosted cupcakes, but if you’re handy in the kitchen, it’s easy to bake a batch (or several) yourself! We love Add a Pinch’s recipe for chocolate cupcakes.

Savory Sweet Life has a scrumptiously simple recipe for Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. For a snow white version, try substituting the unsalted butter for shortening and adding a 1/2 teaspoon of butter flavoring. Using clear vanilla extract and butter flavoring will also help prevent your frosting from becoming slightly tinted.

TOP TIP: Make your cupcakes extra-special by filling them with a delicious surprise. Use an apple corer to remove a small bit of cake, and then fill the cavity with jam, custard, ganache, or mousse. Yum!



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