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Can You Freeze Cupcakes? Yes, Here’s the Best Way to Do It

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Sometimes you make more cupcakes than you can eat, so can you freeze cupcakes? Keep reading to find out the best method, whether your cakes are frosted or not.

Cupcakes make a delicious snack or dessert, but sometimes there are too many leftovers or you want to prep some ahead for a large party. Freezing cupcakes is a good option to save them for later, and can be accomplished even if they have frosting on top. You can freeze cupcakes using the following tips: 

How to Freeze Unfrosted Cupcakes

Freezing unfrosted cupcakes is very simple.
Freezing unfrosted cupcakes is very simple.
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If you have not yet frosted your cupcakes, or you want to prep for a large party and will make the frosting on the day of your event, freezing unfrosted cupcakes can be a good time saver. Follow these steps to freeze them:

  1. Cool completely: cupcakes that have just come out of the oven should be allowed to cool completely before being frozen. Give them about one hour or longer to cool at room temperature before prepping them for the freezer.
  2. Prepare a container: although some recommend individually wrapping cupcakes in plastic wrap, the more eco-friendly way is to skip the plastic wrap and prepare a reusable container that can be frozen. It should have an airtight lid to keep freezer burn out. Place the unfrosted cupcakes inside and place them in the freezer. 
  3. Thaw: if you are ready to eat or prepare your cupcakes, let them sit at room temperature (for day of) or in the refrigerator if you have more time to thaw them. Whip up some frosting and enjoy your cupcakes.

How to Freeze Frosted Cupcakes

Yes, you can freeze frosted cupcakes. Here's how.
Yes, you can freeze frosted cupcakes. Here's how.
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Frosted cupcakes are a bit more complicated to freeze, as you don’t want to squish the frosting in the freezer. If you have the option, partially freeze the cupcakes without frosting first so that the cupcakes are easier to freeze. If not, follow these steps.

  1. Cool completely: just like unfrosted cupcakes, cupcakes just out of the oven need to be completely cool before freezing.
  2. Prepare a container: you will likely need a deeper container that will allow the cupcake to stand upright without squishing the frosting. If you have enough space in your freezer, place the cupcakes in individual small mason jars to freeze. Learn how to do so without the fear of glass bursting in your freezer: How to Safely Freeze Food in Mason Jars. Check that the cupcakes fit snugly, but are not squished. Place the container upright in the freezer. Enjoy the cupcakes within three months.
  3. Optional – individually wrap: if you desperately wish to freeze your cupcakes individually, skip the plastic wrap and opt for foil instead. Aluminum foil is recyclable, making it a slightly better alternative. Even once they are individually wrapped, you will still need to place your cupcakes in an airtight container to avoid freezer burn. 
  4. Thaw: the cupcakes will need a few hours to thaw, so either set them out of the freezer at room temperature if you don’t have a lot of prep time, or switch them to the refrigerator the day before to let them thaw more gently. 

It is not recommended to freeze cupcakes with frosting made with cream cheese, as the texture may be altered when frozen. 

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