Make celebrations even more special by stitching up these pretty designs and turning them into quirky DIY cake toppers. They’re sure to be the hit of any party!


Worked on 14-count plastic canvas, they contain only whole cross stitches with a little backstitch to define outlines. They’re a super fun project for all levels of stitchers.

Choose from a cute cupcake or balloon cake topper design. The designs only use a small colour palette so this is also an excellent opportunity to use up leftover threads you may have in your stash.

Once stitched, we’ve stuck our designs onto painted lollipop sticks for an easy and pretty finish. Just remember, always use food-safe paint for anything that will be around or touching edible goodies.

These pretty patterns are also great for quick last-minute cards or gift tags, so are sure to be used for years to come. Make someone’s day with a sweet treat that will last longer than the cupcake!

These DIY cake toppers were created by Jenny Barton and were originally published in The World of Cross Stitching issue 230. They are part of a set of eight cake toppers. If you would like the full set you can purchase a digital issue.

cupcake cross stitch

Cupcake cross stitch pattern

Key features of cupcake cross stitch

  • Stitch time: Approx. 5 hours each
  • Stitch Types: Cross stitch, backstitch
  • Ease of Stitching: Beginner

What you’ll need to make the cupcake cross stitch

Top tip: ​​Cover the edges of plastic canvas squares with masking tape to prevent your thread from snagging while you stitch.

Download cupcake cross stitch pattern

cupcake cross stitch

Use up your plastic canvas

Leftover plastic canvas? Try making this pretty angel Christmas tree decoration. Follow along with our video tutorial to assemble your finished stitching.

angel cross stitch

Making a birthday extra special

A spread of cupcakes is amazing! And adding these sweet cake toppers will be the icing on the cake. The great thing about these toppers is they are quick, easy to stitch and reusable.


Baking-themed stitching for your kitchen

Are you a keen baker as well as a cross stitcher? Tag up your jars with this cute baking cross stitch pattern designed by Susan Bates. They’re ideal if you’re gifting a jar of sweet treats to someone.


jenny barton cross stitch
Jenny BartonCross Stitch Designer

Jenny started her stitching life working for DMC Creative World in her early career, before branching out as a freelance cross stitch designer, regularly producing projects for Cross Stitch Gold, Cross Stitch Crazy and The World of Cross Stitching. She also manages her own website, JB Cross Stitch, where she sells PDFs of her cross stitch patterns. Jenny is a talented artist, creating incredibly realistic wildlife portraits in coloured pencil. She is mum to two girls and has a very cheeky pet parrot.

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