Community Fair/cupcakes Safe?

Baking By rpaige Updated 10 Aug 2011 , 2:23am by crunchyoatmeal

rpaige Posted 7 Aug 2011 , 1:31pm
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I have been asked to make dozens of cupcakes or mini loaf cakes as a fundraiser for my son's football team at our small community fair. We will be there about four hours.

If I make Indydebi's buttercream (in CC recipe section) in about three colors and keep the decorating bags in a cooler and just offer a simple decoration on top of the treat as a child buys one, would this be considered safe? Would you suggest something different? Are there concerns that I should consider?

I did not want to decorate in advance and have them sitting out in the heat, I think they would just be a melted mess and maybe unsafe?

I appreciate your thoughts, advice and/or suggestions. I am new to selling products in a hot, outdoor setting.

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leah_s Posted 7 Aug 2011 , 2:00pm
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Decorate in advance. Indy's bc will be fine. You do NOT want to decorate to order, even a simple swirl.

Bugaboo_Bakery Posted 7 Aug 2011 , 6:01pm
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Decorate them in advance and keep them in a cooler with ice packs. I do this every week for a farmer's market and it works fine. If you can find those plastic cupcake containers like you see at grocery stores it makes it even easier.

amaryllis756 Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 9:49am
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I have been doing farmers markets for 2 years now, and I use SMBC and haven't had a problem with it as far as someone getting sick. I keep them out of the sun. That, not heat seems to be my worst enemy. I also have kept them on ice packs in my under my containers, (and yes I realize that cold air flows down). With SMBC, I just bring my eggs up to 165 degrees while mixing it with the sugar, and that kills salmonella. Haven't had any complaints.

Mamasan Posted 9 Aug 2011 , 8:07pm
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Originally Posted by rpaige

I have been asked to make dozens of cupcakes or mini loaf cakes as a fundraiser for my son's football team at our small community fair. We will be there about four hours.

If I make Indydebi's buttercream (in CC recipe section) in about three colors and keep the decorating bags in a cooler and just offer a simple decoration on top of the treat as a child buys one, would this be considered safe? Would you suggest something different? Are there concerns that I should consider?

I did not want to decorate in advance and have them sitting out in the heat, I think they would just be a melted mess and maybe unsafe?

I appreciate your thoughts, advice and/or suggestions. I am new to selling products in a hot, outdoor setting.




I made a few dozen cupcakes using Indydebi's recipe for my niece's 1st birthday and her party was at a forest preserve on June 26th. I did keep them out of the sun as others advised but we didn't eat them until almost 4 hours later and they were perfect. I chose her recipe specifically because I knew I would be outside with no storage options. icon_biggrin.gif

crunchyoatmeal Posted 10 Aug 2011 , 2:23am
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let me preface- sorry to hijack icon_biggrin.gif but
Leah_s- is there a safety reason to not decorating to order or do you just say that because it would be a PIA? I ask because I may need to do that in the future and just want to make sure that I am not doing anything that would question safety.

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