Can You Freeze Cupcakes?

by Charlie

Cupcakes are among the most popularly baked treats across the planet. Cupcakes are easy to prepare within the comfort of your home – which makes them even more lovable. They can be either frosted or unfrosted. You can also add a wide variety of toppings on your cupcakes.

Common toppings used in cupcake recipes include: fresh grapes, candy, chocolate, shredded coconut, toasted nuts, cookies, strawberries, apple slices, and lots more. 

Cupcakes are wonderful treats that can be eaten casually to satisfy cravings or gifted to a friend. If you don’t want to bake your own cupcakes, you can always buy a box or more from the nearest store. Assuming you have surplus amounts of homemade or store-bought cupcakes, should they go to waste? 

Personally, I’d never let a good batch of delicious cupcakes go to waste. Instead, I’d preserve the cupcakes till another day when I have a craving for them. So, how do you effectively preserve cupcakes?

Can you freeze cupcakes? Yes, you can freeze cupcakes. Freezing safely preserves cupcakes for up to 3 months. The cupcakes should be wrapped individually in plastic wrap before being transferred into an airtight sealable freezer-safe container. Fresh cupcakes shouldn’t be left sitting at room temperature for more than 2 days. After 2 days of sitting out, the cupcakes will need to be thrown away. 

With the knowledge of how to correctly freeze cupcakes, you can bake large batches of cupcakes that you’ll preserve till a later date. In this article, I have provided all the necessary information that you need to successfully freeze your batch of fresh cupcakes – keep reading to know more.   

Freezing Cupcakes 

If you only wish to preserve cupcakes for a short period of time, you can keep them safely in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. However, the cupcakes should not be left exposed to the cold refrigerator air. Use some plastic wrap or aluminum foil to cover the cupcakes so that they don’t turn dry. 

Anyone who needs long-term preservation of their cupcakes will have to freeze them. When frozen correctly, the cupcakes will retain their original taste and texture till they’re ready to be thawed and eaten. One thing you should watch out for is the peeling off of the cupcakes’ paper liners. If these paper liners come off during freezing, the cupcakes could get really dry.   

How to Freeze Cupcakes 

To get the best results out of freezing your cupcakes, you must follow the correct steps. Here are the best steps for freezing your batch of fresh cupcakes:     

Freezing Unfrosted Cupcakes 

Step 1: Let the Cupcakes Cool Down  

Fresh cupcakes out of the oven will be very hot. It is not proper to place the hot cupcakes directly in the freezer without allowing them to first cool down. The presence of hot cupcakes in the freezer will cause the freezer’s temperature to rise. It will also lead to the formation of moisture that peels off the protective paper liners on the cupcakes.  

Allow the cupcakes to sit at room temperature for about 60 minutes before you package them for storage in the freezer. 

Step 2: Transfer into Freezer-Safe Container  

After the cupcakes have cooled completely, grab an airtight plastic container that’s large enough to fit the cupcakes. If one container won’t do, you can make use of 2 or more. Start arranging the cupcakes in a single layer with some space between each of the individual cupcakes. Also, you must avoid stacking cupcakes on top of each other. 

Make sure that your container of choice has enough head room so that the container’s lid doesn’t press against the cupcakes and ruin them. The container’s lid should also seal off completely so that the cupcakes are stored in an airtight packaging. 

Step 3: Alternatively Freeze Cupcakes in Sealable Freezer-Safe Bags

In case there are no containers at home, you can freeze the cupcakes in a freezer-safe bag. Choose a quality sealable freezer-safe bag and arrange your cupcakes neatly inside. If you want to save space inside the freezer-safe bag, you may have to stack the cupcakes in 2 layers. However, you must separate the first layer from the second layer with parchment paper. The parchment paper is to prevent the cupcakes from sticking to each other inside the freezer. 

Step 4: Label Freezer-Safe Bag or Container and Freeze

After sealing the freezer-safe bag or container, label it with the present date so that you’ll always know how long the cupcakes have been frozen for. After that, look for a safe space in the freezer where heavy items won’t be placed on the cupcakes and keep them there.    

Freezing Frosted Cupcakes

Step 1: Allow Hot Cupcakes to Cool

Give the hot cupcakes some time to cool before freezing them. Hot cupcakes placed directly in the freezer will cause other frozen foods to thaw and refreeze repeatedly. Place the hot cupcakes on the kitchen counter for about 50 minutes. Once they’re cool, you can package them for freezing. 

Step 2: Add Frosting on the Cupcake

After the cupcake has cooled, add the frosting you want on it. You should know that once the frosting has been added, and the cupcake is frozen, you can’t change it again.  

Step 3: Freeze the Cupcake without a Lid

Transfer the frosted cupcakes into a freezer-safe container that’s large enough to contain them. Arrange the cupcakes neatly in the container and freeze them without the lid. The purpose of freezing without the lid is to ensure that the frosting freezes completely. 

Step 4: Cover the Container’s Lid, Label, and Freeze

Seal the container’s lid tight and use a marker to label it. The label helps you know how long the cupcakes have been kept frozen for. Make sure that the lid isn’t pressing against the cupcakes. 

How to Defrost Frozen Cupcakes

Before eating your frozen cupcakes, you’ll have to defrost them first. Remove the container with cupcakes from inside the freezer and place them on the kitchen countertop. After about 60 minutes on the countertop, open the container’s lid and let the cupcakes thaw completely. Once they’re thawed, you can enjoy your sweet treats.

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