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Monday, January 24, 2011

Perfect Cupcake Photography Props

I am SOOOOOOO excited right now. When I went to Michael’s today, it was with the intention of getting some baking supplies. I passed by their little dollar spot and saw these:


That little plate is about 3” in diameter, the little frame about 3.5”.

I started a cupcake blog called The Cupcake Challenge. Basically I’m going to be baking a new cupcake recipe every week. ( If you know of any fun, unusual or interesting flavor combos, send them my way!) (My first recipe is here) My dream is to one day own a cupcake shop. So I am trying to perfect some recipes. In the mean time, I will be blogging about the entire experience. So I needed some photo props.

When I saw the plate and the frame I thought, “that might look cute. will have to see if the cupcake will fit” and then I forgot about it while looking for my other stuff. When I came home, I took one of these little candlesticks:


(that price is for 6 from Hobby Lobby online)

Sprayed it with Satin Espresso from Rustoleum:


and stacked it all together. Please excuse my not-ironed-right-out-of-the-package pillow case, but I was just too excited to do anything else. Here is what I got:


Is that not the cutest thing ever!! Oh Em Gee!

They are NOT glued together because then I can interchange them, so it basically makes it a 3-in-1!:

Just the plate:


Just the frame:


I just can’t get over my excitement. I was planning on going out and getting some fancy plates for props and then I came across these! Tomorrow I am going back and getting every color plate they had, (I think there were 4) and then a few more frames to spray paint some neutral colors. I’ll have a big set of cupcake stands for my pictures. I’m in LURVE!!! (I’m debating spraying this frame with the Satin Espresso so it matches better. We’ll see with some better lighting)

Here it is again all stacked, just cause I can’t stop loving it!


Of course I have to get my faux Ott light out to put over the set up, but I just had to show you guys!!

(Cupcakes are Margarita and the recipe is on my new blog)


  1. Ella,
    Thanks for coming to my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS party with these goodies...please be sure to put my party button or party name on your post...hope you have a fun time here at NTT:)


  2. very cute...i make lots of cupcakes over on my blog, i should probably make one of these! thanks for sharing


  3. Ela, That is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time. How darling!


  4. Ela..I just wanted to say that I love your cupcakes too. They are super cute! I like decorating and everyone keeps telling me that cupcakes are now 'the thing'. I can see why looking at your post. :O)


  5. Hi! I really enjoyed your blog, full of good ideas. I put a link there on my blog to yours. Take a look and see if it approves. Cheers!

  6. Hi - love your blog! I'm a new follower and I added your party button to my Link Party page on my blog.

  7. Hey,
    I just stumbled upon your blog- you are BRILLIANT!!! Thank you for sharing this idea :) I can't wait to make it myself... I am not your newest follower, I hope you will follow me too!

  8. Hi! I'm a new follower via the silly pearl... glad to meet you and looking forward to reading more! :)

  9. Hmm. Cupcake! (:

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  10. Entirely too cute, and I love the price!!! and I am a lover of all things cupcake - can't wait to see what you come up with for recipes! This is really going to be fun :)