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How to Store Cupcakes
Cupcakes are a lovely addition to any celebration. Obviously fresh-baked cupcakes will taste the best, but making them does require a bit of prep work and it can be hard to fit this into your schedule. Storing them short-term on your counter or longer-term in your freezer can buy you some time before serving them. Both frosted and unfrosted cupcakes can easily be kept in an airtight container at room temperature or in a freezer with a small amount of preparation.
Keeping Cupcakes on the Counter
Give the cupcakes time to cool completely.If you just removed your cupcakes from the oven, let them cool, uncovered, for at least one hour.If you put them in a container when they’re hot, condensation will build up and make them soggy.
- Cooling the cupcakes on a wire cooling rack causes them to cool faster and stops the bottoms of the cupcakes from turning soggy or steamy. This is because the air is able to circulate all around them, which doesn’t happen if the cupcakes are sitting on a plate or cutting board.
Frost your cupcakes if you won’t have time later.It’s better to frost your cupcakes as close to the time that they’ll be eaten as possible, but sometimes schedules won’t allow for this! Just be mindful that any frostings with dairy products should be refrigerated, not left out.
- If you opt to leave your cupcakes unfrosted, be sure to frost them within 2 days of baking them.
Choose a large airtight plastic container.A good-sized container will hold about a dozen cupcakes. Choose one that’s tall enough to fit frosted cupcakes without damaging their icing tops — around 7.62 cm (3.00 in) is usually safe.
- Make sure you purchase a storage container that’s BPA-free.
Lay a sheet of wax paper on the bottom of the container.Cut it if you need to make it the right size to fit in your container. Wax paper is great because it has a thin layer of wax over it that stops food from sticking to it.
- If you don’t have wax paper, parchment paper is a good substitute.
Arrange your cupcakes in the container.Give each cupcake enough space in the container so any iced cupcakes are not touching one another.If you need more space, buy more plastic containers.
Place another sheet of wax paper gently over the tops of your cupcakes.Lay it loosely over the top of your cupcakes to minimize damage to any frosting.This step isn’t vital — your cupcakes will be fine without it — but it can be a nice added layer of protection.
Keep your cupcakes at room temperature for 3-4 days.If you have to store cupcakes any longer than that, consider freezing them. They don’t necessarily spoil after 3-4 days, but they start to taste less fresh and more dense.
- Keep a watchful eye over buttercream, cream cheese, or ganache frostings. These might start to go bad even before 3-4 days have passed.
Ensure that the cupcakes have completely cooled.Freezing cupcakes can keep them surprisingly moist, even after longer periods of storage. Before preparing them for the freezer, however, cool them on a wire rack for at least an hour. They should be cool to the touch before you move on.
Freeze the cupcakes for 1 hour if you’ve already frosted them.Leave your cupcakes uncovered and on a plate. This is a pre-freeze that will harden the frosting. They’re ready to be taken out of the freezer when the frosting does not warp when you gently touch the surface.
- If you don’t have enough space in your freezer for all of your cupcakes to sit on a plate to pre-freeze, you may need to do multiple rounds of pre-freezing.
Wrap each cupcake individually in plastic wrap.Make sure that the plastic wrap is tight around the cupcake. This wards off any freezer-taste that could seep into the cupcake.
- Be gentle when wrapping frosted cupcakes, but don’t worry too much. The pre-freeze should have hardened the icing enough for the plastic wrap to be snug around its surface without damaging it.
Place wrapped cupcakes in an airtight bag or container.A gallon-sized airtight plastic bag works just fine for unfrosted cupcakes. For frosted cupcakes, it’s better to use an airtight glass or plastic container to minimize damage to the frosting.
- Write the date on the bag or container to remind your future self of when you baked these.
Defrost and eat frozen cupcakes within 3 months.If you’re ready to defrost your cupcakes, take them out of the freezer and unwrap them from the plastic wrap. Let them come up to room temperature.This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours.
- Uncovering them stops them from accumulating moisture and getting sticky in their packaging.
- If the frosting starts to fall off of the cupcakes as they warm up, you can use a butter knife to push the frosting back onto the top of the cupcake. Check on them occasionally as they defrost in case this happens.
QuestionHow do I preserve the cupcakes for business?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut the un-iced cupcakes in a pastry box and refrigerate or leave on a counter. Decorate the day of and keep in a pastry box or large Tupperware container.Thanks!
To store cupcakes, let them cool before packing them upright in airtight containers that can accommodate the height of their frosting. Store the containers in a cool place, like your pantry, and the cupcakes will stay fresh at room temperature for 1-2 days. Store the cupcakes in your fridge if you need them to last up to 7 days, just make sure you take them out 20 minutes before serving so they can return to room temperature!
- There are tall cupcake caddies available for purchase, but be mindful that they can be difficult to store and it’s hard to stack things on top of them.
- If you’ve been storing cupcakes on the counter and need to transport them in hot weather, throw them in the fridge for 20 minutes before you leave. This will firm up the frosting and prevent melting.
- Except in cases of extreme heat, avoid keeping your cupcakes in the fridge. It will dry all the moisture out of them.
- Don’t tightly cover cupcakes with plastic wrap, as this can lead to sticky cupcake tops that make the frosting process harder.
- Storing cupcakes that have filling in them can lead to sogginess, and perishable fillings can go bad quickly! It’s best to store your cupcakes unfilled, and then insert filling right before you’re ready to eat.
- Discard any cupcakes that have an odd smell or appearance, or any that have mold on them.
Video: Cupcake Storage 101: How to Store and Freeze Unfrosted Cupcakes
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