I love baking. But what I do love equally is packaging them. I always think that it is such a pity when great homemade goods are put in boring cake boxes and plain favor bags because such homemade goods do deserve equal attention to the commercial (and not so tasty) counterparts.
Cake boxes with cupcake inserts are easily double the price from the normal cake boxes…at least here in Singapore. Buy one with a cupcake inserts and a window (i.e. see through from the top) and you’re paying triple a normal cake box. I’ve tried my luck with a number of these cupcake boxes but they either don’t fit my cupcakes (though using regular sized cupcake holders, I like my cupcakes big and always fill my batter up to its brim) or the inserts are too close together and the tops of the cupcakes can barely fit. Failing which, I would pay through my nose to get a branded cupcake box.
Remember these boring ol’ cake boxes, pretty them up and make your cupcakes look that much more desirable :) I sound terribly superficial but its true ;D There are a number of ways you can make these plain cake boxes look so much better, at very little cost.
Add a window – It just makes the experience of giving so much better when you can see what’s in the cake box. After spending so much effort on making the stuff inside, don’t hide it away! Also, it is extremely useful when you’re transporting a delicate cake in the car. I’m always so afraid that something will topple over that I either end up driving with the box open and only tying the ribbon when I’ve reached my destination, or I lift the box slightly to peep at the cake and end up bending the box a little.
Materials you’ll need:
cake box (8″ by 8″ box is good for 4 cupcakes. 10″ by 10″ is good for 9 cupcakes)
sharp pen knife (the sharper the better. cake boxes are quite thick)
acetate plastic sheet (you can get this at many large diy supply shops. they usually sell it by length)
strong double sided tape (i use scotch’s advanced tape glider – love it!)
1. Depending on the size of the box, cut a square/rectangular that still has quite a substantial perimeter so that the box is still stable. I’ve found that for a 8″ by 8″ box, a 2cm allowance works well. For a 10″ by 10″ box, a 2.5cm allowance works well.
2. Open up the box such that the underside of the lid is facing toward you. Working on one side at a time and using a ruler and pencil, make 2 points on each side with the allowance, measuring from the crease of the folds. Join the dots with a straight line. Once done on all sides, use your pen knife and cut along the pencil marks. Erase the pencil marks that are still left on the box (if you like)
3. Cut your acetate plastic sheet just slightly smaller than the side of the box. If it is an 8″ by 8″ box, cut a square just a couple of millimeters off of 8″ by 8″.
4. On the lid of the box, paste double sided tape on all four sides. Be liberal with this – you won’t want a part of your lid falling off. Paste the acetate plastic sheet on top. Acetate plastic sheets collect dust easily. To clean it off, use a lint roller and gently roll it on the plastic sheet on both sides.
Make your own cupcake inserts – its so much easier to make your own inserts because you can customize it exactly to how you would like your cupcakes to fit. However, it does require some time and patience. It is possible to cut these shapes out using a circle cutter like this one but if you have a die cut machine like a silhouette cameo, it will make your life so much easier. If you have a silhouette cameo, and would like the cutting files for the 8″ x 8″ and 10″ by 10″ box, do leave a comment with your email and I’ll send it over!
I like using crate paper/scrapbooking paper since the colors are just so beautiful! I usually choose the paper designs that are hard to make cards out of since those would usually just end up lying around anyway.
If you own a silhouette cameo, load the cutting files. Load a 12″ by 12″ crate paper/ scrapbooking paper and cut! Fold and insert into cake box.
If you do not have a silhouette cameo, here are the measurements I used to help you:
Create tags and tie the boxes with string or ribbon. Don’t forget the washi tape! – There are tons of tutorials and free printables out there of gift tags that you could print and attach. You can get some kraft tags – they are generic, classy and can be used for any occasion. Alternatively, you can dig through the internet (and of course, pinterest) to find many many many free printables other bloggers post on their site (and maybe mine too someday :P). Some websites which I visit frequently for printables are: creature comforts blog and eat drink chic.
Lastly, don’t forget to add that pop of color with washi tape!