I’ve made a lot of towel cupcakes as gifts and done several tutorials on them, including a popular video for my Style With a Smile web series. I’ve used several types of cupcake wrappers — silicone baking cups, store-bought cupcake wrappers, and DIY wrappers using my Sizzix die cutting machine. This time, I’m making personalized cupcake wrappers with photographs. This is a great way to customize the cupcakes for someone’s birthday or other special occasion. And it’s pretty easy!
Let’s start with the cupcake wrappers. I’ve created a template for a perfectly shaped cupcake wrapper that you can download. Just click here for the PDF: cupcake_template
Then place photos in the template. I actually used Photoshop to place the photographs in the template. You can also do it by hand, gluing photos to the template and then photocopying it on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Be sure to trace the template over the photos so you know where to cut.
Place the towel at an angle in front of you like a diamond. Starting at the bottom, roll the towel up so you have a strip that is about two inches wide. Helpful tip: the thinner the towel, the easier it is to work with, so avoid the super-plush variety. I got this towel at IKEA.
Once you have the towel rolled into a long strip, place a lollipop (like a Dum Dum pop) at one end, and roll the towel into the shape of a cinnamon bun (or Princess Leia’s hair from the first “Star Wars” movie), wrapping the towel around the stick of the lollipop as you go.
Wrap a rubber band tightly around the bottom of the rolled up towel to hold its shape, and push up on the center so that is a little higher than the sides. This domed shape now resembles that of a cupcake, with the folds of the towel looking like frosting.