How to Wrap a Cupcake as a Gift

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If you've ever considered giving a cupcakes as a gift but changed your mind due to the mess factor, a few gift-wrapping techniques ensure the treat gets to its recipient in one edible, mess-free piece. Specialty cupcake holders or carriers ensure these handheld goodies get to their destination with their toppings still in place.

How to Wrap a Cupcake as a Gift
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Things You'll Need

  • Individual cupcake holder or cupcake carrying case
  • Sturdy box or gift tissue and gift bag
  • Gift ribbon
  • Gift card
Step 1

Invest in individual cupcake holders for single cupcakes, or a cupcake carrying case if you want to give a set of cupcakes as a gift. These holders keep cupcakes from shifting around; your cupcakes are safe as long as you keep them upright.

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Step 2

Find a sturdy attractive box in which the cupcake holder or carrying case fits securely, to keep the cupcakes from jiggling around. Tie gift ribbon around the sturdy box as a finishing touch. You don't need wrapping paper, as you are giving edible perishable items as a present: You don't want the box to disappear along with the other gifts your recipient may casually overlook.

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Step 3

Get a small gift bag for a single cupcake, if you prefer. Set the cupcake holder--containing the cupcake--right side up in the center of a sheet of gift tissue. Gather the edges of the tissue together so that the cupcake is enclosed inside the tissue. Stuff the cupcake wrapped up in tissue into the gift bag, allowing the ends of the tissue to flare out of the bag's opening for a decorative touch.

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Step 4

Stick a gift card on the box or gift bag. Other than your name and the name of your recipient, the gift card should include the words, "Keep Refrigerated." This will send the message to your recipient about the importance of eating or putting away your gift immediately while still maintaining the mystery of what is in the box or bag.

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