DIY: A Cupcake Topping Bar

diy cupcake topping bar

I love any kind of “topping bar,” so when Amber of Enjoy Cupcakes asked if I’d be interested in sharing a DIY for a cupcake topping bar, I said – of course!! :)

From Amber, Kevin + I have had a cupcake topping bar idea in mind for several months. So we teamed up with Jennifer Young (GWS featured Jenn’s wedding way back in the early days of GWS – it was gorgeous if you missed it!) to have her capture what’s been swirling around in our minds. We created a rustic, fall themed cupcake topping bar to fit the current season, however the overall concept easily translates to any wedding theme or style. Enjoy Cupcakes offers the “BUILD IT” cupcake topping bar for weddings, but you can also achieve the concept on your own for parties or special occasions. Here are some tips…

cupcakes with frosting

We frosted cupcakes with a just a ring of frosting so the toppings could fill the holes in the middles.

cupcakes with toppings

We filled vintage syrup dispensers with our house-made sauces and syrups.

cupcake topping bar

cupcake topping bar enjoy cupcakes

Mini hallowed out pumpkins served as “bowls” that we filled with a variety of cupcake toppings.

cupcake topping bar

To further carry out the fall theme, we cut slits in mini pumpkins and used them as flavor card holders for the sauces, and hallowed regular size pumpkins and used them as flower vases. When creating a banner for your topping bar, burlap, stencils and left over house paint can go a long way!

cupcake topping diy tutorial

The “Build It” cupcake bar allows your guests the opportunity to create their own personalized cupcake! Easy + fun – I love it!

In addition, Amber also made some mini cutting cakes for this photo shoot because she (like us here at GWS) is kind of obsessed with tiny cakes:)

mini cakes

mini cakes for wedding

The lovely Amber (photo sent to us by her adoring husband who is so proud of her and wanted to show Amber off – seriously one of the sweetest emails I’ve received!). Thanks so much to Amber + Kevin of Enjoy Cupcakes – and now I’m seriously craving some cupcakes! :)

cupcake topping bar

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  1. I LOVE Enjoy Cupcakes and I LOVE Jennifer Young! This is a great feature and a fantastic idea. Great job to Amber and Jen. :)

  2. those mini cakes are screaming my name..they are so stinking cute!

  3. That is the CUTEST thing EVER!!! I just posted a DIY Hot Chocolate Liquor Cocoa Bar that would be so cute to pair both of these together with!! Custom cupcake + hot chocolate and Kahulua = YUMMMMMM!!!!

  4. So fun! Any way to get guests involved in the details makes an event memorable.

  5. it’s not every day you get to see the work of a best friend on GWS!! congrats to the super talented jenn!! (and congrats to amber + kev, too!)
    beautiful feature.

  6. Oh gosh! This is absolutely AMAZING! The cupcakes look incredible!

  7. I simply love this cupcake topping bar! Whoever thought about this is such a darling genius. I’d forget my dieting when faced in front of this bar!

  8. shut the front door. this is a FANTASTICAL idea.

  9. Ooh so cute!!! Love the drawers filled with goodies and the hollowed out pumpkins.

  10. Wish i saw this post before we had our wedding last july…waaaaah! so so so inlove with the idea! =)

  11. umm YUM! I wish I did something like this at my wedding.

  12. I am so in love with this entire concept! Not just the cupcake topping bar, but the Fall theme worked in as well! Great job!

  13. WOW, that’s so impressive! very creative!

    Thanks for the ideas!

  14. I love this idea!! Thanks. I really enjoy your blog!

  15. great idea! this looks like to much fun for a party

  16. Wow I just love this idea! It’s gorgeous, unique and just so fun! I think it would be a hit at any event!

  17. this is so nice. and tasty looking too. we also did cupcakes for our wedding. and had a cake on top of the cupcake tower that i designed myself. you can see it here:

  18. OMG – this looks amazing!!! I’m definately having cupcakes as they are so much easier!!! I am just busting with excitement because what I wanted to do with our cupcakes _ I actually found a 50% deal TODAY! I feel like I want to shout from roof tops! If anybody wanted to design there own cupcake toppers (EDIBLE ONES) is having a deal 10$ = 20$ in Toppers! It ends tomorrow (the 24th at midnight!) I wanted to make a photograph of my soon to be hubby and I and make it a cupcake topper! I could buy as many deals as I wanted today – so now I am going to have all these different pics – including ones with our families and friends! Good idea of what????

  19. Ahhhhh! So yummy looking!

  20. so pretty! I love cuppy cakes!
    I want to do the decorating too!

  21. This is the best idea and we are doing it next weekend. I saw this post months ago and I decided to do it! My good friend Anna was gracious enough to offer to do the whole thing for us as our wedding gift! I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Thank you soooo much!

  22. I am so in love with this entire concept… i loves this concept


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