How to Make a Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Learn how to make a pull-apart cupcake cake in not just one, but FOUR adorable ways. It'll be the perfect addition to your birthday party menu.

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Love the look of a birthday cake but want the ease of throwing a batch of cupcakes in the oven? Well, now you don’t have to choose between the two. Follow along as we break down how to make a pull-apart cupcake cake in four different ways, complete with printable guides.

How to Make a Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

From mythical creatures to playful superheroes these cute cupcake cake ideas will be the talk of birthdays to come. Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home’s Associate Culinary Producer, didn’t just create these tasty treats with presentation in mind, but she made sure each recipe was easy to make, too.

Quick tips:

  • For each cupcake cake, choose from any of our best cupcake recipes or pick up a box of cake mix.
  • This simple buttercream frosting recipe is easy to customize and tint with your desired colors.
  • Frosting tools like piping bags make applying the buttercream frosting simple. We use an offset spatula to create a smooth layer that connects the cupcakes together.

 

pullapart cupcake unicornSydney Watson/Taste of Home

Unicorn Cake

Any fairytale lover will gush over this stunning cake at their unicorn party. The ice cream cone horn adds a magical touch. Psst! Sarah recommends using a large star or flower tip for that unbelievable mane detailing.

What You’ll Need:

  • 22 vanilla cupcakes
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Ice cream waffle cone
  • Sprinkles
  • Cupcake liners

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to desired directions.
  2. Arrange cupcakes into a unicorn shape using this printable guide.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired and spread on top of cupcakes.
  4. Pipe frosting for mane, ears, eye and nose.
  5. Pipe frosting around ice cream cone for horn and attach.
  6. Decorate with sprinkles as desired.

256548 Football Cupcake CakeSydney Watson/Taste of Home

Football Cake

In just four simple steps, you’ll have a cupcake cake ready for your sports superstar. Pair them with any of these fantastic football foods, too. Touchdown!

What You’ll Need:

  • 20 chocolate cupcakes
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Cupcake liners

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to desired directions.
  2. Arrange cupcakes into a football shape using this printable guide.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired and spread on top of cupcakes.
  4. Pipe additional frosting for football laces.

256547 Cactus Cupcake CakeSydney Watson/Taste of Home

Cactus Cake

Perfect for kids, teens and adults alike, this sweet cactus cupcake cake will prickle everyone’s fancy. It’s perfect for any occasion: from birthday parties to bridal showers.

What You’ll Need:

  • 32 chocolate cupcakes
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Cupcake liners

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to desired directions.
  2. Arrange cupcakes into a cactus shape using this printable guide.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired and spread on top of cupcakes.
  4. Pipe additional frosting for cactus detailing and flowers.
256549 Superman Logo Cupcake CakeSydney Watson/Taste of Home
256549 Superman Logo Cupcake Cake

Superman Cake

This classic Superman cupcake cake comes to the rescue in a flash. Little hands will be pulling this guy apart faster than you can say, “up, up and away.”

What You’ll Need:

  • 24 yellow or vanilla cupcakes
  • Buttercream frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Cupcake liners

Directions:

  1. Bake cupcakes according to desired directions.
  2. Arrange cupcakes into a Superman shape using this printable guide.
  3. Tint frosting with food coloring as desired and spread on top of cupcakes.
  4. Pipe additional frosting to decorate as Superman logo.
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Sarah Tramonte, Taste of Home Associate Culinary Producer, contributed to this article.

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.