We are having my son's graduation party Friday night and I want to make the cupcakes tomorrow because I won't have time Thursday or Friday. Do you think it would be ok to make then and leave them on the counter?? Or would it be better to put in the frig?? I usually make my cupcakes the day before or day of so a not sure what to do. I use buttercream and a box mixture. Thanks!
I would actually put them in the freezer. You could put them in unfrosted and make the buttercream ahead, put that in the fridge and frost at the last minute or if you're not making too many and you have room you could freeze them frosted and thaw on the day. Good luck!
I would also freeze them - if you put them in the fridge they may well dry out by the time you want to use them.
I don't have that much freezer room because I have other items in there for graduation. I was hoping that someone has made them 2 days in advance and they didn't have any problem.
AIf you have to make them wednesday, do them as late in the day/ night as you can, let them cool and put them in an airtight container, they should still be ok for Friday.
It might help to brush on a simple syrup while warm to add moisture and store them frosted. It would also be good for the frosting to cover the entire top of the cupcake so none is exposed. I think two days, covered, in the fridge would be fine. Just make sure you let them come to room temp before serving, because the frosting will have hardened. You could also wrap them in saran wrap unfrosted, put those in the freezer, and frost day of. It wouldn't take as much space as frosted cupcakes.