I will be baking almost 1000 mini cc's for a party next month, so I have a few questions:
Can I bake and freeze, how do I wrap them so they don't dry up? How far in advance can I do this?
Also, how do you transport so many cc's? I am not buying carriers for so many as this is a one time thing, but I just can't imagine how I can package them all, I don;t want to mess up the "swirl".
Where can I buy the mini foil cupcake liners in bulk?
Thanks in advance!! (I'll be posting other questions as they come up)
I don't know the size of your oven but I can fit 94 mini's in at one time. So I don't bake a freeze. I would do these the day before, but it also depends on what else you have going on.
I have 5 full sheet pans that fit about 150 mini's on one sheet. So I use those. I will usually frost the cuppies then let the frosting crust before I cover them over so that it doesn't mess up the swirl. You can also brush some simple syrup on the tops of the cupcakes before you frost them to keep the moist.
I've found that some recipes/mixes freeze really well, and others don't. In fact, the Pillsbury Devils Food mix that I use sometimes actually tastes better after I freeze it--don't know why. I'd do a trial run with a small amount of the recipe you plan to use so you know how it will hold up. With large amounts of cupcakes I like to place them all in a big box (I use full sheet boxes) and frost them right in the box. Then there's no worrying about messing up the swirl.
We get them from our supplier in bulk (Dawn) but you can buy cardboard boxes at cake supply stores and they're not nearly as expensive as buying reusable carriers. You can build that cost into your cupcakes, too. If you're going to do something to the cupcakes other than frost them with a swirl of buttercream, it might be hard to do while they're in the box. If you do that, you can load them in carefully, one by one, and leave one of the corners of the box open (unfolded). When you've put the last cupcake in the box (in the corner that's undone), fold the corner up and put the lid on.
just_for_fun just a transporting idea. When I had a large cupcake order
I didn't want to buy any special carriers. my husband came up with a great idea. take a foam poster board and he used a a circle cutter on his hand drill and cut the hole the size needed for the size of the cup cake.
this worked great. I transported 400 cupcakes this way and not a one fell over. hope the idea helps ....
I freeze my cupcakes all the time. I put them in bakery boxes and cover the box in plastic wrap. You can do this up to 1 month in advance. As far as transporting, I suggest bakery boxes with mini cupcake inserts. www.brpboxshop.com has a great selection. The 10x14 box holds 24 mini cupcakes. They also have free shipping.
Thanks loads! I think I will bake up some cc's to try freezing some, and to try decorating them already in a box.