How to Make and Design Printable Cupcake Toppers

Even if you have no graphic design knowledge, you can build and design cupcake toppers. This guide will walk you through the process of creating printable cupcake toppers and cake toppers. There are even free applications available to assist you!

Several folks have requested me to offer a lesson on how to create the downloadable toppers I have on my website. It’s far simpler than you may think, and you don’t need to be a graphic designer to achieve it.

These are a simple way to customize cupcakes for occasions such as birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers, and holidays.

(This post was updated 10/9/21)

The best way to demonstrate this is via video, which I’ve provided in this article.

Make sure to watch the full video since it will walk you through each step in detail.

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FAQ’s and Tips:

What programs can I use?


I’m using Canva for this lesson since it’s simple to use and free for the fundamentals. Depending on the images you want to use in your design, it may cost you a few bucks, but there are many free graphics available and you may submit your own.


PicMonkey is a visual creation tool that is comparable to Canva. It is simple to use and understand, plus it provides several features that Canva does not. The only disadvantage is that it is not free.


Photoshop is another design program, but it has a steep learning curve if you have no previous knowledge. There is also a monthly subscription for using the cloud version.

Other options:

Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and other design products are always options. However, such programs are more expensive, and some have a steeper learning curve.

I usually use Canva or Photoshop since that’s what I’m accustomed to and comfortable with.

This lesson will utilize Canva since it is simpler to use than Photoshop and is currently free to use.

Where can I find graphics?

A little word regarding graphics. If you just copy a graphic from a Google search, you are very likely infringing on someone’s copyright.

While this may not seem to be a huge concern, take it from someone who has had their images taken and used without permission: it is not.

You should ensure that the photographs or graphics you use are royalty-free or that you are not infringing on the copyright of another else.

You may do this by conducting a search for royalty-free graphics or by selecting one of the choices listed below.

It should be noted that certain Canvas graphics are free to use, while others may need a little fee. The other sites provide wonderful visuals, but you must pay to obtain them.

  • Canva
  • Creative Market
  • The Hungryjpeg

What kind of paper should I print these on?

You should use cardstock paper, which is somewhat thicker than regular printer paper.

Do I have to use a hole punch to cut these out?

A hole punch makes punching out the cupcake toppers much simpler and faster. If you don’t have one and can’t find one, you can always use scissors; it will simply take longer.

Let’s get started with the video lesson. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section and I would be pleased to answer them.

What sticks do I use to attach to the toppers?

You may just stick toothpicks to the back of the cupcake toppers.

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What kind of paper do you use to print cupcake toppers?

You should use cardstock paper, which is somewhat thicker than regular printer paper.

What is the best cardstock for cupcake toppers?

When making a cake topper, select the thickest and most sturdy card paper available. For all of my cake toppers, I always use Michael’s “Recollections” glitter card stock. The weight of a comparable brand named “Paper Studio” from Hobby Lobby is somewhat lighter.

How to make printable edible cake toppers?

Printing Instructions for the Edible Cake Topper:

Place the frosting sheet, frosting side up (plastic on the back), in the printer. Prepare your edible printer by stocking up on edible ink cartridges and blank icing sheets. Give the print command, and it will gradually print on your icing sheet.

Do you need a special printer for edible paper?

Food safe refillable edible ink cartridges are only compatible with Canon and Epson printers. Canon has the benefit of being able to remove its printhead for cleaning or replacement, but Epson does not have a detachable or changeable printhead, making cleaning an extremely dirty task.

How do you print edible paper?

To prevent cross-contamination with conventional non-edible inks, print on edible wafer paper using a specialist inkjet printer that has only been used with specific food coloring inks.

What material is best for cake toppers?

Cardstock, which is just thick and robust paper, is the finest material for cake toppers! For the greatest effect, I’m using plain, foil, and glitter cardstock. A poster board might also suffice. If you want to be fancy, add an acetate and confetti shaker.

Should cupcake toppers be double sided?

Some DIY party planners prefer two-sided cupcake toppers. It gives the paper cupcake topper a more completed appearance.

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