Spooky Cake Topper & Cake Stand and Halloween Cupcakes – Cricut Explore

September 18th, 2014

*This post contains affiliate links and is part of the Design Space Star contest by Cricut. All projects and opinions are 100% mine.

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I created this spooky cake topper & cake stand as part of the Cricut Design Space Challenge this month. I used my awesome Cricut Explore to create this great project and all of my other Design Space Challenge Projects!


Cricut Explore

Deep Cut Blade

Black core presentation board

Black cardstock (I used glitter card stock from Michaels)

Ad Tech low-temp glue gun

Wood Skewer

Step 1: Cut cake stand out of black core presentation board. The thickness of this helps with stability. It can be found in any art supply store. You can also use black core mat board, but it’s much more expensive. Use fresh Deep Cut blade for best results. 

For the fence pieces, you’ll want to cut those out of card stock – I used glitter card stock. 

You’ll need a low-temp glue gun. I prefer this large-format glue gun from Ad Tech because it takes the big long glue sticks so I don’t have to add a new glue stick every 5 seconds!


Step 2: Glue the fence onto the top of the cupcake stand by creating a thick line of glue and then sticking the fence onto the edge. You’ll want to go in sections so your glue doesn’t dry before you can attach the whole fence.


theprojectgirl-cake-fence-start theprojectgirl-cake-fence-side

This is what the top will look like when the fence is all glued around the perimeter. theprojectgirl-cake-fence

Step 3: cut tabs aprox. 3=2.5″x.75″  out of black cardstock and fold the long way.



Step 4: Assemble the base by sliding one piece into the other. then glue the tabs onto the top of the cupcake stand base. Creating a wide flat surface to attach the top to.




Step 5: Apply a liberal amount of glue on the top of the tabs. theprojectgirl-cake-under-glue

And then press firmly onto the bottom of the top plate. theprojectgirl-cake-under


When it’s turned over it will look like this:theprojectgirl-cake-2

 To create the topper, cut the file out of glitter cardstock. This glitter card stock is from Michaels, and it’s super thick. I have never been able to cut it on my silhouette, so I was thrilled that it cut on the explore.


You’ll need a skewer stick – I cut mine in half, and a Low-temp Glue Gun.

Simply create a big dob of glue where the pick needs to go, and then place the skewer on top and twirl around. You may want to add additional glue as you turn to make sure you get good contact.



Then simply place the skewer into the cake!



I created an unfrosted cake for more of a spooky vibe! I also used a 5″ x 3″ cake pan and was able to get a 4 layer cake out of a single cake mix. To keep your chocolate cake looking good on the outside, dust your pan with cocoa instead of flour. Also when frosting/layering place on piece of  presentation board cut into a 5.5″ circle. You’ll want to put wax paper between the cake and the board but be sure to adhere it with a little bit of frosting to keep it from sliding around.


To go with my halloween display, I also created this simple Glitter Ghost Banner.

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I found the ghost file in the Cricut Design Space. It’s part of the Monster Bash collection. I cut these little ghosts so small about 3″ tall. When I was sending them to cut, I totally thought NO WAY is this going to work. This THICK glitter card stock won’t even cut in my Silhouette, I knew it would cut in the Explore from my cake stand project, but these eyes and banner holes are TINY. I thought it was just going to be a waste of time and material. Buy guys, SERIOUSLY, they came out perfect. Tiny eyes and all. I really couldn’t believe MY eyes. Everything I have thrown at this machine has worked amazingly well. No lie. It does incredible things!

This is such an easy little project, but I wanted to share because it really does show off what the Cricut Explore is capable of.


Another project I created was these adorable graveyard cupcake picks & wraps.

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I found the files in the Design Space (massive) catalog by searching tombstone. One is from the set called “Potions and Spells”, the other is from a set called “October 31st”. All of these designs are included in the monthly subscription fee of $9.99. I think this is the best deal in die-cutting. I don’t know how many images are in the subscription, but it is a TON and well worth it to create any project at any time without having to worry about cartridges etc.


I created the picks the same way as the Spooky Cake Pick above. This time I used LONG toothpicks instead of a skewer. And then I glued them on the back with a low-temp glue gun. theprojectgirl-cupcake-3-logoI cut the cupcake wrappers using a cut file from the image set “Bridal Shower” in the Cricut Design Space Library and the paper I used is from the new My Mind’s Eye Frightful Line!

To see all my Cricut Design Star projects and get links to my teammates projects visit my Party Projects Post!


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Free Spooky Cake Topper and stand SVG File

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