It never fails that there are some questions I get over and over again. Usually it's about how to price cakes (that's THE single most asked question), but I'm also often asked about where to buy cake/cupcake boxes. For instance, this morning I got this email from Rachel:
Hi Rose, do you know of a good website to order cupcake inserts and cake boxes?...
Since I'm asked often where to buy my cake boards and boxes, cupcake boxes, cupcake inserts (I don't use), etc., I thought I'd tell you today!
I keep all of my boxes and boards and drums in my "cake shed." I used to keep them in the house but my cake supplies were starting to take over my house. They still take up more room than they should, but I've moved a lot of my (non-temperature sensitive) supplies out in the shed:
So, back to where I get them. I can't guarantee that these are the cheapest on the web, but I have done some comparison shopping and I'm confident I'm getting a pretty good deal. Since I live way out in the country, I buy 99% of my supplies online (except for common grocery ingredients like sugar, eggs, butter, etc.).
So, this is a very quick post - but here you go:
Where to buy cake/cupcake boxes and inserts
I buy my cake boards (that I put under each tier and/or stack together and cover with paper) and cake drums (for larger cakes like above) most often from Country Kitchen Sweetart.
I also get lots of my other supplies from there (frosting tips, bags, gel colors, luster dusts, etc.). I usually order at least once a month and never small orders.... ha! I usually have my order in 3-4 days and they call me if there are any problems.
I currently buy my cupcake boxes and small cake and cookie boxes from BRP Box Shop or The Webstaurant Store. I also sometimes order cake boards from one of those places if I'm already placing an order. I really like the white boxes with windows and I think they're called "lock and tab" boxes. They're sturdy and pretty.
My absolutely favorite boxes are pink ones or green ones from BRP Box Shop but they are not the least expensive option. However, I've had clients tell me that they can't see a pink box of cupcakes without thinking of me, so I feel like that's sort of become my signature or a part of my brand.
I don't use cupcake inserts as you can see above - I just buy boxes that hold exactly one dozen or two dozen cupcakes and put them in there side by side. I also have some square ones that hold 9 and 16 cupcakes.
Here's the deal. The inserts were always a big fail for me. The cupcakes would still tip over and the cupcakes were difficult to get out of them if they didn't tip over and well... I stopped trying. But if I did use them, I'd probably order them at BRPboxshop.com.
Boxes for Cake Pops & Cookies
I also use similar boxes for cake pops:
PS. These boxes with the slightly fancier window were actually from BakeABox.com. I used to primarily order from them and I love their company, but they have a smaller variety of sizes, so I switched to BRP.
OH - and smash cakes. I use square boxes for smash cakes:
Boxes for Tiered Cakes
And then there's OfficeMax.com or OfficeDepot.com. That's where I order 10"x10"x10" boxes and 12"x12"x10" boxes and 14"x14"x14" corrugated cardboard boxes for tiered cakes.
Here's a pic of how I use those boxes when I transport cakes when I'm meeting customers who have to transport them on to their houses. I rarely deliver to anyone's home - they pick them up or I meet them in my tiny town. They're not fancy but they're cheaper than "official" tiered cake boxes and they get the job done! You can read a whole post on how I package cakes in these boxes HERE.
I don't box wedding cakes or any cakes that I'm delivering all the way to someone's house. I just put them on non-skid material in the back of my Excursion. That big cake on the right was being delivered to a customer and I didn't have a big enough box. Instead of boxing it, it's sitting independently in the back of my truck on a non-skid mat (next to LOTS of boxed cupcakes and cake pops). It arrived to it's destination in perfect condition!
Here's a wedding cake and groom's cake I transported the same way (sorry for the dark pic!):
So that's it... where do YOU get cake and cupcake boxes and like supplies? Do you have a supplier that you just love?