This cupcake stitch tutorial is a piece of cake! Using a fabulous recipe of basic crochet stitches to create the sweetest motif in your crocheted fabric, the cupcake stitch is wonderful for embellishing shawls, cardigans, hats and blankets with afternoon-tea-worthy crafts that looks good enough to eat!


In this tutorial Hopeful Honey uses Willow & Lark Ramble and a 4mm crochet hook to create this pretty pattern.

This pattern uses US terminology:

Ch - chain

Sc - single crochet

Dc - double crochet

How to crochet cupcake stitch


step 1

To start! Chain in multiples of 6 + 4 in the colour you would like to use for your bakery shelf.


For the bakers shelf row

Row 1: skip first chain, and then sc along to the end of the row. As you sc the last chain of your row, switch colour to the shade you'd like to use for your cupcake case .


step 3

For the cupcake case row

Row 2: ch 2, turn your work. Chain 1 dc in the same stitch as ch 2. Chain 1. Skip 2 stitches. Crochet 2 dc in the next stitch. 1 dc in the next stitch. 2 dc in following stitch.


step 4

Ch 1, skip 3 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, 2 dc in next stitch. Ch 1. Repeat.

At the end of row 2: ch 1. Skip next two stitches. 1 dc in the last stitch. Change colours for your cupcake sponge row.


step 5

For cupcake sponge row

Row 3: ch 1, turn your work. Crochet one front loop sc. Crochet 1 sc in ch 1 space. Crochet 1 front loop sc in the next 5 stitches. Repeat to the end of row 3.


At the end of row 3: ch 1 in that chain 1 space. Front loop sc in last stitch, changing to the colour you would like to use for your icing.


step 7

For the cupcake icing row

Row 4: ch 2, turn your work, 1 dc in the same stitch as your chain 2. Ch 4. Skip the next stitch. Crochet a 5 dc cluster. Yo. Pull through all 6 loops at the same time.


At the end of row 4: ch 4, dc in the last stitch, changing back to bakery shelf colour you used on row 1.


step 9

Finish row 4: Ch 5. Skip the next stitch and repeat your 5 dc cluster. Repeat to end of the row.


Repeat steps for 1 - 4 to create the next shelf of cupcakes in your fabric. See, piece of cake!

step 10

Cupcake stitch projects

Have you tried crocheting these sweet treats?