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DIY Wedding Cake: XO Wedding Cupcakes

We’re sorry dear readers but it’s that time of the week when we like to make you feel reeeeeeeeeaaaally hungry as we show you how to make some yummy wedding cakes courtesy of our friends at! So having already showed you some delicious tiered cakes over the last few weeks it’s time for something a little bit different: Wedding favour cupcakes with a special twist…


Let your wedding guests help themselves to dessert by setting up a cupcake display table. Perfectly smooth fondant toppers, stamped with X’s and O’s for hugs and kisses, are an adorable way to give your DIY wedding cupcakes a professional look. Add a luxurious touch with metallic food paint and gold cupcake liners. We love the look of double-wrapped cupcakes! Instead of X’s and O’s, you could also use stamps to press your initials or shapes such as hearts.


  • Cost: about $2.50 per cupcake (around £1.55)

    Serves: 1 cupcake per person


    1. Cupcakes
    2. Buttercream frosting
    3. Fondant
    4. X and O letter baking stamps
    5. Paint brush
    6. Metallic food paint
    7. Gold foil cupcake liners​


    1. Use a rolling pin to roll out the fondant to about 1/8-inch thickness. Then, use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out 3-inch diameter circles.
    2. Use X and O letter stamps to press letters onto the fondant circles. Alternately, if you can’t find letter stamps, skip to the next step and just paint on the letters.
    3. Use a paintbrush to carefully fill gold food paint into the letters. Let the paint dry.
    4. Using an offset spatula, dab a dollop of frosting onto the backs of each fondant circle, and then press them onto the cupcake tops at an angle.
    5. Slip the cupcakes into gold foil cupcake liners, and then display them on a tiered cupcake holder or pedestal cake stands.
    6. Decorate the cupcake table with fresh flowers or a cute handwritten note, such as the one we created above: “Hugs and kisses from the bride & groom.”

    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 five-ingredient 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: To prevent your fondant from sticking to your countertop, use a non-stick mat, such as Silpat when rolling it out. A silicone rolling pin and light dusing of powdered sugar can also help prevent sticking.


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