Teacup Cakes!

Add an element of surprise to your Tea Party, brunch or luncheon with Teacup Cakes. Disguised as a cup of tea, guests will be thrilled with the sweet treat that awaits them in their teacup. Not only are the teacups exquisite, but the personal-sized cake prepared especially for each guest will make all feel as grand as the Royal Family.

Whether you’re hosting a Downton Abbey Viewing Party, Mother’s Day Celebration, an “Alice-esque” Tea Party or a Cocktail Tea Party, guests of all ages will be delighted with this confection in a teacup!

Teacup Cakes
(Yields 18)


  • 1 box cake mix (+ ingredients needed to prepare)
  • 2 cans prepared frosting
  • Food coloring
  • Edible Flowers/Candied Flowers
  • Vintage teacups or small old-fashioned looking teacups


  • Wash teacups, dry and set aside.
  • Preheat oven according to directions on box. Since you will not be using liners, it is very important to thoroughly grease 2 muffin pans.
  • Prepare cake mix according to directions and pour batter into muffin tins almost to the top (fill 18 of the 24 cups with batter and fill the remaining empty 6 cups _ way with water). Make sure batter is spread evenly in cups to avoid lopsided cupcakes.
  • Bake according to directions.
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, remove cupcakes from tins and allow to thoroughly cool on wire racks.
  • Since teacups vary in height and width, test your cupcakes for fit in your teacups before frosting. My vintage teacups perfectly fit the cupcakes so they sat just inside the rim of the teacup. Once I was sure of fit, I frosted cupcakes and then inserted in teacups and topped with a candied flower.
  • Assembly Note: If you need to “build up” your cupcakes to sit in cup, simply cut a few cupcakes in half, horizontally, place cut half in cup and sit whole cupcake on top and frost. Using this method will yield fewer Teacup Cakes.

*Elizabeth’s Note: I did not bake the cupcakes directly in the teacups since they are not oven safe. These gorgeous vintage teacups are from my Great Aunt Anne’s collection.

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17 Responses to Teacup Cakes!

  1. This is a lovely idea and so special. It will make it a special for whoever you do this for. I will go home and look at me teacups in a new light.

  2. I’m having a Shabby Chic Baby Shower “tea” for my daughter..
    Since it is going to hot outside..This will be a perfect way to intigrate the tea cup theme.. along with “cupcakes” We will actually be sampling various cold teas…along with tea sandwhiches..
    I think my next stop will be our local thrift shop for some beautiful tea cups..
    thanks for the wonderful idea!

  3. This is a great idea. What fun to have girlfriends over for a tea party. Easy to make dessert looks elegant and special in vintage tea cups.

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  5. what an amazing idea am so going to try this for my mothers day dinner
    thank you for sharing!
    i’ve shared this on my other FB profile too :o)

  6. This is a FABULOUS idea. I’ve made small cake in heavy coffee mugs in the microwave and baked cobbler in mason jars but never thought of this fantastic idea. This would be perfect for Mother’s Day tea or even a little girl’s birthday tea party!!! I love it.

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