The easiest way to transport cupcakes is a cupcake box! But what if you do not have one? Here is a simple, easy and economical way to transport your cupcakes and not have them go splat by the end of your trip. Use this to take cupcakes to kids' after-school activities, the park or even on a long bumpy ride across town. Transporting cupcakes has never been easier and simpler.
Before I started cake decorating as a profession, I'd bake a lot of cupcakes for family and friends - mostly just for fun. Unfortunately, I never had a cupcake box. First of all, I have to buy them from Amazon and eBay. In addition, the only affordable option is to buy them in bulk, which back then seemed like a total waste of money.
Today, since I have a cake business, I buy cupcake boxes in bulk.
So back then when I did not have these fancy cupcake boxes I'd use this method that I want to share with you today. I hope you will find it useful.
I cannot take credit for this idea. A couple of years ago I read about it somewhere. I don't know if it was a book or the internet but I remembered it. And when I needed to transport cupcakes I used this method not remembering where I saw it.
So here it is, I hope it helps you too. We are going to create a foil cupcake holder like this.
You will need your cupcake baking pan and aluminum foil
- Cut a big piece of aluminum foil about 1 ½ times that of your baking pan.
- Flip your cupcake baking pan over.
- Place the aluminum foil on top of the baking pan
- Now slowly mold foil into the pan so the foil takes the sharp of the pan.
- Do it slowly making sure not to break the foil.
- Make sure you get into the depth of the curves so you get a good firm form.
- Flip it over to the right side and neatly fold all the edges so it looks presentable.
- Then take off the baking pan from the foil.
- And Voila!! What you have is a cupcake holder for your cupcakes.
- You can place this in a box or a tray.
- It's best to place it in a box that will create a snug fit around the foil.
- I use an aluminum tray.
- As you can see, the cupcakes do not touch each other or move. Therefore they travel well.
Here are a few progress pictures for you - so you can better understand the above steps. It's really simple.
Like I said - currently I do use cupcake boxes for my business but if I didn't have one this is the best alternative to transport cupcakes.
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Genius! I have been trying to find an economical way to transport cupcakes to the farmer’s market. I have a display case when there, but getting the cupcakes to the display has been challenging. Boxes are too expensive to use for this. This is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing!
I wanted to thank you for this advice for transporting cupcakes. You mentioned that after molding the aluminum foil you can place it inside a box. I'm interested to learn if you should know the dimensions of the box before hand so you can be sure the aluminum will fit in it.
Hey Taylor. Not sure I understood your question. I just mold the foil to the cupcake pan and do the best I can with the box. I never knew the dimensions of my boxes. You can measure your cupcake pan and make sure it's the size of that cupcake pan. Thanks
Hi! Want to know if I’m transporting cupcakes by land/driving to another state, do cupcakes need to be in cooler with dry ice and AC on? Cupcakes are frosted with buttercream. Thanks!
Hey SweetC. It really depends on the weather. You will only need cooler or dry ice and AC in hot summer weather. For regular cool temperatures, you can place them in a box. I transport my cupcakes an hour away without anything at 24 degrees C and they are usually ok. Chill them well and keep them in a cool place in the car. But again I don't know how hot the climate is where you are.
This tip on how to transport cupcakes is probably the best and most brilliant tip I have ever run across! Have to take 24 decorated cupcakes to our church’s Fall Festival tomorrow. My cupcakes usually arrive at their destination upside down, sideways, and with frosting all over the wrappers, I made the foil holders and my cupcakes are all snug in their little spaces. Thank you!
Thank you, Karen. So happy you found this useful. I know exactly what you mean. I use to have the same issue when traveling with cupcakes.
Thank you so much for this - I used this last week to take cupcakes for the family. You are right cupcake boxes can be expensive especially when you really just need to take them across to family and friends
Thank you, Kesi. Happy to hear you found this tutorial useful. Yes, it is cheaper to use this method when your with family and friends for sure.