- Cool them completely before covering to keep the tops from becoming sticky.
- Frosted or unfrosted, cover cupcakes loosely with foil, plastic wrap or waxed paper.
- Store cupcakes with buttercream frosting at room temperature for up to two days.
- Refrigerate cupcakes with cream cheese or whipped cream toppings.
- Frost cupcakes with fluffy frosting on the day they’ll be served.
How to Refrigerate Cupcakes
You can refrigerate cupcakes for about two days. Before refrigerating, allow the cupcakes to cool completely. Then cover them loosely with foil, plastic wrap or waxed paper. Cupcakes with cream cheese or whipped cream topping are best stored in the refrigerator, but buttercream-frosted cupcakes can be left at room temperature.
How to Freeze Cupcakes
You can get a head start by baking cupcakes ahead of time and freezing until you need them. Unfrosted cupcakes freeze better than frosted and frozen cupcakes are easier to frost.
When freezing unfrosted cupcakes:
- Cool unfrosted completely, about 30 minutes, before covering and storing to keep the tops from becoming sticky.
- Place cupcakes in cardboard bakery boxes to prevent crushing, then tightly cover with foil, plastic wrap or larger freezer bags. Properly packaged, unfrosted cakes can be kept frozen for two to three months.
If you choose to freeze frosted cupcakes, creamy frostings freeze best. Fluffy frosting or whipped cream frostings freeze well but may stick to the wrapping.
- To prevent frosting from sticking, freeze cupcakes uncovered for one hour, then insert a toothpick in the top of the cupcake and tightly wrap. Frozen frosted cupcakes keep two to three months.
- Thaw cupcakes in the refrigerator or on the countertop. When thawing on the countertop, loosen or remove wrapping to prevent condensation from forming.
Decorating gel, hard candies and colored sugars do not freeze well because they tend to run during thawing.