No-Bake Cupcakes

Have you ever made no-bake cupcakes?

They are delicious.

Not especially nutritious.

And you don’t even need to be ambitious.

In my book it’s the perfect way to make somebody’s day. Now don’t get me wrong…I adore to surprise friends and family with baked goodies but sometimes it’s just not practical either because of time or distance or both. Not to mention there’s just something magical about mailing a sweet note to someone knowing that they will open up their mailbox to find a handmade, handwritten note that’s just for them.

There are just situations that call for more than an email or direct message.

I’m old fashioned like that.

In case you didn’t already know, I used to have my own handmade greeting card business. Yep. For 9 years I designed and manufactured handmade greeting cards. I spent hours creating little images of the things in life that brought me delight and then hot glued them onto cards. Much to my amazement many of the things that brought me delight also delighted others and hence a business was born. The other day I decided to make some cards for some special people and I rediscovered the hundreds of designs that have been tucked away in boxes for over a year now. I decided to share one of my very favorite designs and thought it might be fun to post about some of my other favs from time to time to give you some inspiration to make your own.

This is all you need to make some cute little cupcakes on paper. The ingredients if you will.

Mini cupcake liners, small rosettes (you can find them at the craft store) a few cotton balls and some chenille.

I would also recommend a hot glue gun because everything can be satisfactorily adhered with a hot glue gun.

I. LIVE. for. my. hot. glue. gun.


I’ve even been known to hot glue place mats, tablecloths, hems of pants…you name it, I hot glue it.

But if you don’t happen to have a glue gun no worries, any craft glue should do the trick. Just make sure that the glue is really dry before you move on to the next step.

Next you’ll need a blank card. Try to find one that is made from a sturdy card stock.

Because you know what they say about sturdy stock?…I don’t know either, really.

Except for the fact that my family has always said that we are indeed from a sturdy stock.

So I figure it must be a good thing.


Eh hem…anyway, back to the cards.

You’ll want a sturdy card so that the cupcakes won’t make the card bend after you glue the little cuties on to it.

So to make (not bake) your cupcakes, first cut a wedge out of a mini cupcake paper. Then take the chenille and cut a half circle so it’s a tad smaller than the width of the cupcake paper. This will help it nestle into the cupcake paper like a real baked cupcake does. Does that make sense? Good.

Next comes the cotton ball. I messed around with many different ideas trying to figure out how to make my cupcakes look 3 dimensional and I ended up using cotton balls! Just glue about 1/4 of a cotton ball to the back of your chenille leaving some cotton exposed on the bottom edge where the paper liner will go. Then glue the chenille onto the card and then the paper liner on top allowing it to slightly cover the bottom of your cupcake.

See? It really looks like a cupcake dontcha think?

Top it off with a rosette cherry and you’ve got yourself a cupcake on paper!

It’s easy, calorie free and I can guarantee that it will bring a smile to somebody’s lips.

Happy No- Bake Cupcake Making!


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  1. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    These are too stinkin’ cute! I did not know you had a handmade card business but I can totally see that – you are so creative.

  2. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    did not know this about you Wendy – no wonder you’re so crafty and talented!!! LOVE THESE!!!

  3. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Oh my gosh.. I LOVE this!! And wow… I could look at beautiful designs like this all day!! You must share more and more and more!!! (and more!)

  4. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Love these, my friend. They are just as adorable as you are! I’d love to go through that box with you. I bet it is full of gorgeousness.

  5. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Cupcakes I can enjoy without worrying about my hiney growing. Darling!

    Just like you.

  6. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Absolutely adorable! You’re so dang creative ;)

  7. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    You are SO creative! I want to be your intern.

  8. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    You are so darn talented I can hardly stand it!! How cute!!

  9. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    So cute, Wendy! Your cards are always adorable, and these are just icing on the cupcake.

  10. Posted February 25, 2011 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Freaking adorable. And no calories!

  11. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    Wendy, those are really gorgeous. I loved the card you sent me, and it means so much to know that you made it!

  12. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Those are so darling. Finding one of those in my mailbox would make my day. It would make anyone’s day.

  13. Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    Wow! You are amazingly talented. These cards are wonderful!

  14. Posted February 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    This is the most darling idea!!! So creative and so beautiful!

  15. Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful! and non-fattening!, good. Very creative also.
    Regards from Spain!!

  16. Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely adorable. What a wonderful idea!

  17. Posted February 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely adorable! Your cards are absolutely stunning! Do you sell them?

  18. Posted February 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    That is so cute!

  19. Posted February 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    You are so creative! Adorable!

  20. Posted February 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely lovely!

  21. Posted February 25, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Very cute. You’ve got talent!

  22. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Oh these are the cutest, sweetest things, just like you! Thanks for sharing your creative genius with those of us who are “creatively declined”! Love it.

  23. Posted February 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    As the recipient of one of your beautiful cards I can certainly say how wonderful it was to receive something so personal and unique, you are really talented. These cupcake cards are adorable, much less fattening than the real thing but just as tempting!

  24. Posted February 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    These are very cute! I could eat them all day!

  25. Posted February 28, 2011 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    You are so creative and I love that these are calorie free sweets! Gosh your cards are such top notch quality. Figures you had a business making these. I am with you – LOVE a good sturdy card stock & a glue gun. Empowering things huh! xo

  26. Posted February 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    This card is adorable! What a great idea!

  27. Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    How cute are these! And calorie-free, too! ;-)

  28. Posted March 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Love this site, and your fun muffin card:) As a mom and a somewhat crafty girl, I am always on the lookout for fun new ideas:)

  29. Posted March 3, 2011 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Simply darling, Wendy!

  30. Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink
  31. Posted March 6, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    What a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing. This will be a perfect card for my WeightWatcher buddies.

  32. Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    What a cute idea! Saw this card on TLC and followed the link to your blog.

  33. Jayma
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    These are darling! VERY clever.

  34. Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    TLC sent me to your blog to see these lovely cupcakes! Great!

  35. Posted March 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    These are absolutely adorable! thank you for the terrific tutorial. I saw your Link on TLC.

  36. Shelly Schmidt
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Darling cupcake- fun idea! I came via TLC

  37. Posted March 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    wow-this is soooo cute I love it. I saw them on Paulette’s site.

  38. Teresa
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    How cute! TLC sent me here!

  39. Posted March 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea! How cute & no calories! LOL A FABulous combination in my book.

    I had to laugh at your ‘sturdy stock’ funny………reminded me of my youth. hahaha

    Thanks for sharing! And it would look great with a cute sentiment from Create with TLC….………dontcha think? LOL

    Huggies ~ Sharron♥

  40. barbara
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    These cupcakes are adorable. Thanks for sharing with us. Saw these on TLC and had to see how they are made HUGS XX

  41. Posted March 7, 2011 at 3:06 am | Permalink

    WOW Wendy this is gorgeous, I would loveto have my own card business but to scared to do it lol maybe one day when kids in school and I’ve got hrs to sit down and design. This cupcake is gorgeous, might have ago at it, just got to find the ingredients. I love cupcakes (not the real one funny enough )

  42. Stacey G
    Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    This is fantastic! Can’t wait to try this! Thank You so much for sharing!

  43. Chris
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    This is the prettiest card I have seen in soooo long. It is inspiring me to get my but in gear and actually make a card instead of just looking at everyone elses. Thank you for sharing.
    Totally awesome!!!!!

  44. Posted March 12, 2011 at 2:56 am | Permalink

    What a great idea! I’m gonna try this soon…
    Thanx for the tutorial!

  45. Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Linda proposta,
    vou faze-la com suas dicas!

  46. Posted March 26, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Oh my, this is SOO gorgeous! I LOVE cupcakes, baked & made. I’ve made some fuzzy sock cupcakes, enjoyed making & giving them. But yours take the (cup) cake! (Pun intended). Thanks so much for sharing, I really appreciate it!

  47. Marlene
    Posted March 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    These are soooo cute and clever! Saw these on TLC and naturally had to check out the directions. Thank you.

  48. Posted March 29, 2014 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Judy x

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