Our favorite wedding favors of the moment — and a big trendsetter for this year — are cupcakes! Today we’re telling you everything you need to know about giving cupcake wedding favors including how to display your wedding cupcakes and where to buy cupcake boxes for wedding favors your guests can take home. For single and individually-wrapped favors, it can be tough to find just the right cupcake box to use; we take the guesswork out of it for you in the blog post below. Enjoy!
Note: Updated 2020 to reflect new links.
Cupcake Boxes for Wedding Favors
Move over, donuts! OK, ok, donuts will always make me go nuts, but I’m simultaneously going crazy for cupcakes. Cupcake favors are climbing steadily to the top of our edible wedding favors list and for good reason. You can custom-make or order any flavor your heart desires (like butter pecan, red velvet, chocolate, peanut butter, sprinkle confetti… the list goes on. If you love cupcakes like me, and, like 8 million people, giving individual cupcakes to guests as wedding favors is really a win-win. You spend your wedding favors budget on something guests will really enjoy, and you won’t worry about any leftovers because edible favors are always the first to go!
All you need are cupcakes and cupcake boxes. And somehow, brides have been having a hard time figuring out just what kind of cupcake boxes to use for individual cupcakes. So we’re swooping in to help! Any way I can sweeten the world with more cupcakes, I’m game!
If you want to display cupcakes first, you’ll place them on a cupcake tower. You can choose an acrylic cupcake tower (like this, which is really inexpensive). If you prefer a rustic look, opt for a wood cupcake tower you can re-use later, like this from Works of Woods:
Or this rustic wood cupcake tower from Rustic Wood Slices:
Oh, and you don’t have to choose between cake OR cupcakes. Why not have both? You can place your cake on a cake stand in between two beautiful cupcake towers (by PrimitiveArts):
This is such a beautiful wood cake stand! By TheFlowerPatch.
And I LOOOOVE this cake and cupcake stand handmade by SweetNCCollective. It is the best of both worlds!
Doesn’t it look scrumptious? After guests have indulged, you can place the leftover treats in cupcake boxes for guests to take home. Alternatively, you can place pre-boxed cupcakes in individual cupcake boxes and place them at each guest’s seat. This way, when it’s time for dessert, guests already have a cupcake in hand.
This way, if you’re giving cupcakes as wedding favors, guests won’t miss the cupcakes on a side table; it will be right in front of them (so you won’t have a ton of leftovers).
Cupcake boxes are an easy way to pack up those sweet (sticky! messy! crumbly!) cupcakes so guests don’t have them fall frosting-side-down on the floor of their car. Or the floor of their Uber’s car. ;)
But what kind of individual cupcake boxes should you use for wedding favors? It really depends on what you’re going for. There are generally three types of cupcake favor boxes on the market right now:
– CLEAR CUPCAKE BOXES –
If you want something that is see-through, cupcake boxes with clear transparent plastic will be your best bet.
– CARDBOARD CUPCAKE BOXES –
If you want something more decorative, cupcake boxes made of white or brown cardboard are an easy choice; they can also be easily personalized with a cute sticker label on the top or side.
– CARDBOARD + WINDOW CUPCAKE BOXES –
Want a little of both? Choose cupcake boxes with cardboard sides and a small see-through window, either on top or on the side.
Lucky for you, we’ve found all kinds of cupcake boxes on the web you can buy: see-through cupcake boxes that can look pretty on your reception tables, cardboard boxes that are easy to personalize and stack on your cake table, or a mix of cardboard and clear plastic boxes so guests can choose any flavor they love.
Where to Buy Cupcake Boxes
To help you pick the best for your wedding, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cupcake boxes for wedding favors. Here are the boxes that will work best for your single cupcake favors.
– Rustic “LOVE” individual cupcake boxes
These are adorable! By Beau-Coup. You can buy them here.
– Transparent individual cupcake boxes
These look lovely and really show off the cupcake inside! By Beau-coup. Buy here.
– Plastic individual cupcake boxes in dome-shape
A simple plastic dome-shaped box works wonders! These are super inexpensive, too. Buy here.
– “Take-out” inspired cupcake boxes
These boxes are a really fun idea! Buy yours here.
– Brown individual kraft cupcakes boxes with handle and see-through window
These cupcake boxes are cute and even have a small carrying handle. Buy yours here.
– Individual clear cupcake boxes (with superior locking mechanism)
These clear cupcake boxes apparently are re-designed and lock better. That’s great news — and these favor boxes are also a very reasonable price. Buy here.
– Miniature glass bell jars (which can hold cupcakes or other desserts)
These are super-cute bell jars that sit on an elevated platform. You can serve cupcakes in these or any small treats you desire. Guests will love to take these jars home to use as small jewelry or trinket stands. By Beau-coup. Buy yours here.
– White individual cupcake boxes with window
These are simple, but simple is sometimes all you need for your cupcakes! Lovely in white. By Darice. Buy yours here.
– Clear dome cupcake boxes
These really show off the cupcake papers! By Scrapaper. Buy yours here.
P.S. Make sure you use fun cupcake papers, like these!
DIY Cupcake Favors
Want to bake your own cupcakes? Baking cupcakes yourself is pretty easy, especially if you have one of these nifty cupcake makers. I have one of these and it is awesome. You can make mini cupcakes, mini donuts, cake pops, and muffins. It rocks. ;) Plus, they’re fool-proof; treats come out perfect, every time! You can buy yours here.
Where to Buy Cupcakes for Wedding Favors
Now, if you don’t feel like spending an entire weekend in the kitchen baking and frosting and decorating, say, two-hundred cupcakes, there’s a better way: hire someone! These talented bakers are ready to make your cupcake favors come to life with delicious cupcakes in bulk.
– Mini Cupcakes In a Box of 100 (“The Hundo”)
From Baked By Melissa, who even offers varieties of gluten-free and vegan cupcakes! Shown below.
Note, these cupcakes are bite-sized / mini, not full size.
Want to skip the cupcake boxes altogether? Opt for cupcakes in a jar! These cupcakes in a jar are all baked, jarred, labeled, and shipped RIGHT TO YOUR DOOR. All you have to do is bring them to your reception! It’s never been easier. By FlyingCupcakeBakery.
What do you think of cupcake favors? I say, bring it on: this is one favor that is definitely money well spent.
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