: bake mini cupcakes according to package instructions. one cake mix makes about 96 mini cupcakes. that’s why its a good idea to have 2 pans. also, i’ll let you in on my secret for making mini cupcakes. use a small scoop to fill the liners, it keeps the pan clean and ensures a consistent size.
: gather your other supplies : terra cotta pot, dowel rod, styrofoam ball [i used a 6 inch], stryofoam for inside of terra cotta pot, and toothpicks, lots and lots of toothpicks.
: at this point, you could paint your stryofoam ball but i didn’t. you could also think about laying out the cupcakes liners with toothpicks before you actually attach the iced cupcakes, but i live on the edge and i didn’t do this. and things worked out ok. just attach the stryofoam ball onto the dowel rod and then again into the terra cotta pot.
: ice your cupcakes. you can make your own icing, or use a pre-packaged option.
: start attaching the cupcakes, sticking about 3 toothpicks halfway into the stryofoam ball and then the cupcake on top. i found it was easiest to alternate sides when attaching cupcakes to evenly distribute the weight.
: continue working around the styrofoam ball until its full. add a bow, and ta-da, you’re done!