May Day surprise

Posted on February 27, 2014.

When I was a little girl on May Day, I used to gather wildflowers, put them into homemade paper baskets with ribbons. I would hang them on an unsuspecting neighbor’s front door or put them on the porch, ring the doorbell and hide in the bushes where I could see their surprise. It was so much fun, I continue the tradition with my kids today. That’s why I love this cupcake idea so much. Because some years, sad to say, flowers haven’t come up in the northern states. So a beautiful cupcake with frosting or sugar flowers is a great substitute for an old tradition. I found this example on the blog Skip to my Lou.

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For the sweetest Valentine’s Day ever

Posted on January 11, 2014.

These adorable pastel Valentine’s Day cupcake toppers with modern-day endearments are sure to win hearts. They’re made of pound cake enrobed in icing. Display them with candy hearts on a Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree and wow your valentine. Find the recipe and instructions on

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Merry Mini Bundt Cakes

Posted on December 3, 2013.

Who wouldn’t want to select one of these perfectly portioned desserts from a Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree? Mini bundt cakes are so easy to make, too. Make sure to have extra boxes on hand so guests can take home extras–if there are any. We found this great recipe at

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Adorable acorn cake pops for an Autumn party or wedding

Posted on September 15, 2013.

If you’re at all intimidated by the idea of baking, assembling and decorating cake pops, these acorn cake pops would be a good place to start. For one, you don’t need any special equipment; you just roll the cake into balls by hand. Even better, just like in nature, a little imperfection is fine–welcome, even. Then you simply stick, dip and roll them. The result is a sweet little acorn cake pop that would look just right at a wedding this time of year. I hate to bid adieu to summer, but with the crisp temperatures and frenzied nut-collecting by the squirrels in my backyard, I can’t deny that autumn is here. We might as well celebrate it. For the complete recipe and description, visit Carla’s Confections.

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Posted on July 12, 2013.

In Summer, the last thing many of us want to do is fuss in the kitchen, so I was delighted to find these easy and adorable shark and beach cupcakes on The Cupcake The shark fins are just blue paper cutouts, and the beach is simply finely ground graham cracker crumbs. Stick a paper umbrella and a round candy “beach ball” on it, and you’ll have the cutest cupcakes at the pool party!

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Maypole cupcakes that make you want to dance

Posted on April 5, 2013.

Trisha of Sweetology 101 designed these treats to represent the joy of the Maypole ceremony. Her instructions are simple: Just bake your favorite cupcake and frost with your favorite frosting.

The Maypole is made with a Pirouette cookie and curling ribbon. She attached the ribbon underneath the top of the Maypole using a dab of royal icing, but you could use Karo Syrup instead. The top of the Maypole is a flavored Tootsie Roll, which could be replaced by a piece of fondant or spiced gum drop.

Couldn’t be easier!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on March 3, 2013.

St. Patrick’s Day cake pops

We wanted to share a couple of our St. Pat’s cake pops with you. Can you tell we’ve been spending WAAAY too much time on instagram (follow us@raleighcakepops)? This one is a little red-headed leprechaun with a cute little sparkle top hat we found at a local craft store.

A wee little Irish proverb for you: Dance as if no one were watching, Sing as if no one were listening, And live every day as if it were your last.

Reblogged, with permission, from

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Cupid’s cookies for Valentine’s Day

Posted on January 15, 2013.


“Without Valentine’s Day, February would be… well, January.” ~Jim Gaffigan

When February rolls around, I can’t help but think of heart-shaped cookie cutters. And when I think of heart-shaped cookie cutters, I think of the stained-glass cookies my mom and I used to bake at Christmas. So when I saw this photo of a Valentine’s Day stained-glass cookie pop, I just knew I had to make some. And they couldn’t be easier. Take any standard sugar cookie recipe and, after cutting them out, place them on a cookie sheet protected with parchment paper.  Fill the heart shape cutout in the center to the top with pieces of crushed lollipop, making sure not to spill any on the dough. Insert the cookie stick, and bake as usual. Once they cool, peel the parchment paper from the back and, voila, you’ve got instant love.

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Silver ups the glamor quotient

Posted on November 30, 2012.

Lucy I. from Houstin, Tex. sent us this photo of the Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree all glammed up. Lucy writes: “As promised, attached is a picture of the cake stand used at the wedding. The couple was quite pleased and received compliments on their unique cake. We’ll be using it at home over the holidays as well. I absolutely LOVE IT!” Thank you!” Thank YOU, Lucy. We love the look of the initial on the top of the tree. Nice touch!

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How do you get your cupcake tree from here to there?

Posted on November 21, 2012.

How do you carry your dissembled Crystal Palace Cupcake Tree or Cake Pop Stand? I’ve had several customers ask me if we make a carrying case, and I can certainly understand how it would be difficult to carry and protect all the pieces during transportation or when loaned or rented out.

We don’t currently sell carrying cases, so we’ve been advising customers to buy an artist’s portfolio at an art supply store like Michael’s. We’ve heard that works quite well, but some customers have also told us that, because portfolios weren’t designed to carry something as heavy as a tree or stand, the handles tend to break.

Is it time for us to make a carrying case for our cupcake trees and cake pop stands? In the mean time, does anyone have a solution to the problem to share with other bakers? Thanks for reading!

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