Can anyone tell me if I can freeze iced cupcakes? If so, what would be the ideal icing to use - buttercream? Made with Crisco or butter?
Cupcakes are best frosted on the day they will be eaten. I would not freeze frosted cupcakes. You can freeze the unfrosted cupcakes and then thaw and frost the day you will need them. Hope that helps.
I have frozen frosted cupcakes without any issues. I have done it with bettercream and buttercream.
For bettercream, the frosting doesn't compeltely freeze so i would freeze them in a box so that nothing can accidently mess up the icing.
For buttercream i use a recipe that uses 1/2 crisco 1/2 butter. I put them on a cookie sheet to freeze completely then put them in ziploc bags or rubbermaid containers. (i like the bags better)
As long as your cupcake top is covered with icing close to 100% you can set them on the counter to thaw out (removed from the packaging) your cupcake shouldn't dry out since it's not exposed to the air.
Same here, I freeze cupcakes frosted. I use an all butter buttercream, and they defrost just fine.
I have read on quite a few cupcakery sites where they tell you to freeze the cupcakes, frosting and all. I'm pretty sure it won't hurt the cake nor the frosting. You can freeze frosting and use it later too, so whether it is on top of a cupcake should not make a difference.
What I would do is freeze them a little bit first and then cover them tightly and then stick back in the freezer. I am thinking that this way the frosting won't get snooshed and it will look just as good when you thaw them.
I resently wanted to "test" this out because I am wanting to look into shipping. I had two flavors of icing...choc cream cheese buttercream (crisco version) and peanut butter buttercream (crisco).
I don't actually do "cupcakes"...I do mini bundt cakes that I set into a larger but shorter cup. I completely decorated my verison of cupcakes...I made a smores one which had mini choc chips and marshmellows and a peanut butter cup one which had choc sprinkles and peanut butter chips. I froze them too ways...
One set was set on a cookie sheet in the freezer...another in a flat tray with a dome lid. I personally tasted both and gave out testers of each. Both got rave reviews from all my testers. When I later asked if they could tell they had been frozen they were shocked and had no idea! I do have to say that the ones with the dome lid stayed fresh for days!
I was a little concerned how the marshmellows would hold up as when they come out of the freezer they are very hard. he soften up with no probelms and tasted great!
Now I just need to see if I can ship without any probelms....
I use IMBC and since you can freeze cakes with icing, you should be able to freeze iced cupcakes, also.
The only issue I could forsee is that cupcakes tend to lose moisture when frozen, much moreso than cakes so I wouldn't freeze them and hold them for long.