With cupcake wrappers, you can create stylish cupcakes without the fuss of frosting, fondant or sprinkles. Made from paper, these cupcake collars fit around your baked cakes and add a bit of pizzazz with very little effort.
Wrappers, Liners, Baking Cups... What are they and what’s the difference? Cupcake Wraps wrap around your cupcake as an embellishment after they’ve been baked and covers up the paper liner you used during baking. However, the frosting is still visible and adds to the beauty of the cupcake. On the other hand, Cupcake Liners and Baking Cups hold the cake batter and go into the oven and bake along with the cake batter. You’ll sometimes see the terms wrapper and liner used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing.
The standard dimensions of a commercial cupcake wrapper are a bit tricky since they are all cut in a curved shape which is hard to duplicate without a template. This very easy cupcake wrapper is made with straight cuts so you don’t need a pattern, just a ruler. Scrapbook paper is a nice thickness for this project and is little more durable if you need to make some adjustments to the size of your wrap.
1 piece of scrap book paper (8-1/2" x 11" sheet size)
Step 1: Using the ruler, measure out a rectangle about 1-1/2" wide and 8-1/2" long. Mark out the shape using the pencil. Cut out the rectangle shape with scissors.
Step 2: Carefully curve the paper strip around your cupcake. Make sure the paper is snug, but not tight. You want to be able to remove your cupcake from the wrapper. Tape the paper in place.
Creative Ways to Use Cupcake Wraps
Even though cupcake wrappers were made for cupcakes, you can use them for other things as well.
Baby Sock in a Cupcake Wrap
You can wrap them around a snack cup and fill them with nuts or candies. Take it a step further, and tuck them into small clear plastic bags and tied them with a bows and hand them out to guests as party favors.
Or how about laying the wrappers flat and using them to embellish a cake plate or serving tray? Just use your imagination...
You can make use wrappers to showcase whimsical cupcakes like this baby sock cupcake shown above. Tuck your baby sock cupcake into a wrapper and group a few together for a cute and clever baby shower gift!
Dinner Napkin Cupcake Wrap
1 Tall paper cup
2 Dinner-size napkins (can be the same or different colors)
1/4" Decorative Ribbon
Step 1: Mark off the height of the cupcake on the paper cup and draw a line around the cup at that height.
Step 2: With the regular scissors, cut slits into the paper cup. Cut away the top part of the cup even with the pencil line you drew.
Step 3: Fold paper napkin diagonally and cut around the edge with pinking shears to form a semi-circle.
Step 4: Repeat with second napkin.
Step 5: Separate the napkin pieces into two halves. Assemble the pieces together again. If you are using two different colored napkins alternate them.
Step 6: Wrap the napkin circles around the paper cup bottom.
Step 7: Tie a ribbon around to secure the napkin. Trim the ribbon ends.
Step 8: For an extra special touch, glue a decorative element onto the ribbon knot.
Step 9: Remove the cup base.
To finish place an plain cupcake in the cupcake wrapper and frost with a pastry bag filled with icing.
Ice the cupcake before or after putting on the wrapper?
Most of the time, you'll put the wrapper on after you've iced your cupcake. In other instances, you may decide you want to put the wrappers on first. It depends on your icing technique and what type of decorations you'll be attempting.