Cupcake cakes are a great idea for kids parties as well as adult parties. Cupcake cakes make it easy for each person to grab an individual cake to eat instead of having to cut a piece of cake. Each cupcake is left in its holder and frosted together so that the cake resembles a sheet cake. Cakes can be decorated with writing or theme pictures for any type of party, including weddings.

Things You'll Need

Prepare the cake mix that you wish to use for the cake. One cake mix will make 24 cupcakes, which will make about a 9-inch by 13-inch flat cake when finished. Use a cupcake pan to hold the holders filled with the cake mix. Bake in the oven as instructed on the cake mix package, which is usually 18 to 21 minutes depending on the manufacturer and type of cake mix.

Use a shallow box the length and width of the cake with sides. Cupcake cakes do not travel well, so a box with sides will keep the cake from sliding around. Wrap the box in tin foil for decoration or other material for a fancier look. When you arrive at the destination, use a utility knife to cut the corners and lower the sides so the cupcake holders are accessible.

Place the baked cupcakes still in the paper holders in the shallow box in rows to make the size of the cake you want. For instance, you could have four rows of six or three rows of eight.

Use a spatula to spread the frosting from left to right on the cake. The frosting must go to the edge of each of the cupcakes in the row. Continue frosting the cupcakes as if they are a flat sheet cake. When you are finished, you will be able to see the cupcake holders underneath, but on top, it will look like one big cake with no break in the frosting where the cupcakes end and start. The frosting should be thick so that the gaps between the cupcakes are covered.

Add theme decorations or writing to the frosting to make the cake special if it is for a birthday or other event.


  • Cupcakes can be arranged to make different shaped cakes such as a Mickey Mouse head or a butterfly.