How to Wrap Cupcakes Without Ruining Frosting: Facts

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Last Updated on February 20, 2023

Whether for selling at a bake sale or freezing for another time, you will want to know how to wrap cupcakes without ruining frosting. Individually wrapped cupcakes need to be properly wrapped to keep them fresh and delicious. This allows them to be easier to store and transport, especially when you are sharing them.

There are various ways you can wrap individual cupcakes. You can wrap them without or without frosting on them, depending on your needs. You can store them on the counter, fridge, or even in the freezer wrapped up.

How to Wrap Cupcakes Without Ruining Frosting 

Though wrapping cupcakes individually may seem like a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be that bad. There are different ways to wrap cupcakes that are both easy and cute.

Wrapping cupcakes individually can be great for bake sales, birthday parties, baby showers, or any event. In addition, wrapping cupcakes individually can be great for storing as well, especially if you are freezing them for another time.

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How to wrap individual cupcakes without ruining frosting

To wrap cupcakes individually without ruining the frosting, you can carefully place the cupcake into a plastic cup. Ideally, you will want to use a cup that is at least eight ounces or bigger. It is important to make sure that the cup is taller and wider than the cupcake.

You can then cover the cup the cupcake is in with plastic wrap. You can also use a Ziploc bag or a cellophane bag to cover it. By doing this, you can individually store cupcakes without messing up the frosting.

Wrapping cupcakes to freeze

You can also individually freeze both frosted and unfrosted cupcakes. Cupcakes will keep well in the freezer for around three months.

To wrap unfrosted cupcakes for freezing, allow them to fully cool at room temperature. Then, wrap them in one to two pieces of plastic wrap and then place them upright in your freezer.

You can also freeze frosted individual cupcakes as well. First, place your frosted cupcakes and place them in the freezer for around one to three hours, as this will allow the frosting to set. Then, take your cupcakes out of the freezer, wrap them in one to two layers of plastic wrap, and then return them to your freezer.

To defrost your cupcakes, set them on the counter at room temperature for thirty minutes to one hour. You can also defrost individually wrapped cupcakes in the fridge overnight as well.

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Ways to Wrap Cupcakes For a Special Event

If you are planning a special event or are taking cupcakes to a bake sale, wrapping them individually can be a great option. The following ways to wrap them give them a nice presentation and will also make transportation easy as well.

For best results, you will want to individually wrap the cupcakes within two days of your event. This will ensure maximum freshness and this way you can store them at room temperature as well.

Plastic cups and cellophane

Place your frosted cupcake in a plastic cup that is around eight ounces or bigger. You want to make sure the cup is wider and taller than your cupcake. If you are worried about smudging the frosting on your cupcake when you put it in, then you can frost it after placing it in the cup.

Then, carefully place the plastic cup with the cupcake in a cellophane bag. You can then use a twist tie or ribbon to tie off the top of the bag. You can also attach a gift message or even a spoon with it.

Takeout box

Takeout boxes are another great option for cupcakes. A rice-sized takeout box will be large enough for your cupcake. You can even top the box with a gift tag or bow as well.

Cupcake boxes

Cupcake boxes are a great way for covering cupcakes because they are specifically meant for them. They are easy to put together and you can also top them with a ribbon or a bow. Plastic cupcake containers also work great as well.

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Paper cup

Paper cups are a cheap and effective way to cover your cupcakes. Be sure to use paper cups that are wider than the cupcakes and are also a couple of inches taller as well.

Carefully cut four equal slits on your paper cup that are around two inches long. Then, fold each strip over the top of the cupcake. You can then tape the strips of the paper cup together or use a sticker to keep them together.

You can wrap the paper cup with ribbon or even place a bow on top. Also, be sure not to fold the strips too far down as you don’t want them to touch the frosting.

DIY Cupcake Carriers

When it comes to making your cupcake carriers, you can either make a multiple cupcake carrier, or an individual cupcake carrier. We’ll be taking a look at how to make both.

Multiple Cupcake Carrier

To make a multiple cupcake carrier, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • shoe box
  • wrapping paper
  • ribbon
  • cardboard
  • wax paper

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Wrap your shoebox in wrapping paper and trace circles onto your wax paper and then trace the circles onto your piece of cardboard (or poster board).
  2. Cut out the circles on your cardboard and insert them into your wrapped shoebox. Use ribbons to decorate your box – and your carrier is ready!

Single Cupcake Carrier

To make a single cupcake carrier, you’ll need the following equipment:

  • 4oz plastic tumbler cups
  • ribbon
  • hole punch

Now all you need to do is:

  1. Grab two of the plastic tumblers and use your hole punch to create holes on the rims of both cups; around the same place on each cup. Make a dome with the cups.
  2. Choose your ribbon and thread your ribbon through the holes and tie a bow so you can easily access the cupcake.
  3. Place your cupcake into the bottom cup and cover it with the top cup. Close it with the ribbon and your cupcake is ready to go!

How to Stack Cupcakes

When it comes to stacking cupcakes, the truth is, you shouldn’t. Cupcakes should be stored in a single shallow layer when transporting. If they don’t fit in a box, simply use another carrier as stacking them can lead to ruining your cupcakes. If you do stack cupcakes, there’s a high chance your cupcakes will be damaged.

Wrapping Cupcakes For Bake Sale

When wrapping cupcakes for a bake sale, there are many ways you can do this. However, the easiest way is to use plastic tumbler cups.

All you need to do is add you’re plain cupcake into one of the 4oz plastic tumbler cubs and then add your frosting once the cupcake is in the container. Then wrap your tumbler in cellophane and tie the bag with a ribbon in a bow.

Bake Sale Cupcake Packaging Ideas

There are other ideas you can use for a bake sale, which are super cute and will ensure all your cupcakes will sell! Let’s take a closer look at options besides the plastic tumbler cups.

  • Themed Boxes. You can buy these online, in baking stores, or print them online and make them yourself from cards. You can have individual themed boxes for almost anything – such as mini ovens, houses, cars and so much more. Just add your cupcake and close up following the directions on the themed box.
  • Logo Boxes. If you have your own business, this is a great way to promote your business, as well as keep your cupcakes safe at the same time.
  • Clear Boxes. If you have particularly beautifully decorated cupcakes, you can simply use clear boxes to showcase your designs. Finish the packaging off with a cute ribbon or bow.
  • Mason Jars. Another fun way is to keep your individual cupcakes in mason jars. While this is a more expensive option, it makes for a unique experience when selling your cupcakes.
  • Takeaway Boxes. Using old takeaway boxes is a great idea as you’ll likely have some lying around and it’ll keep your cupcakes safe. However, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing option.

Packaging Cupcakes Individually

Whether for a bake sale or birthday party, there are many ways you can package a cupcake individually. This makes for a beautiful presentation and makes for easier transportation.

Do you have any questions regarding how to wrap cupcakes without ruining the frosting? If so, please ask any questions regarding storing and packaging individual cupcakes in the comment section below.


How Do You Wrap Cupcakes in Plastic Wrap?

You can wrap unfrosted cupcakes in plastic wrap by tightly covering them with one to two layers of plastic wrap. For frosted cupcakes, place them in a plastic cup and then cover the cup in plastic wrap so it won't smear the frosting.

You can also freeze frosted cupcakes in plastic wrap. First, place them in the freezer uncovered for one to three hours to let the frosting set. Then, cover them in plastic wrap and return them to the freezer.

How Do You Package Mini Cupcakes for a Bake Sale?

To package mini cupcakes for a bake sale, place each cupcake in a small plastic cup. Then place the plastic cup in a cellophane bag and tie it off with a ribbon. You can also place them in a paper cup, cut four slits in the cup and then tap the strips together to cover the cupcake.

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