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Can You Freeze Cupcakes?

Whether you have leftover cupcakes or you need them for a particular date, knowing whether you can freeze cupcakes or not will come in handy.

Fortunately, you can freeze cupcakes. It does not matter if they are frosted or unfrosted, both can be put into the freezer.

Can You Freeze Cupcakes?

In this guide we shall look at the various cupcake decorating stages and how to freeze them properly.

We shall even touch on defrosting them too! So what are you waiting for? Let’s take a look at how to freeze cupcakes.

Is It Okay To Freeze Cupcakes?

It is perfectly fine to freeze cupcakes. Doing so can help to make them last a lot longer.

Without freezing – or even refrigerating – a frosted cupcake, it may last only up to four days. If it is not frosted, then it could last up to a week.

If put in the fridge, especially if the cupcake has buttercream, it can last up to 5 days.

If you want the cupcakes to last a lot longer, then freezing it will be your best option.

Freezing the cupcakes can help them to last for around 3 months.

However, the longer the cupcake stays in the icy cold temperatures, the drier it will become.

Also, the longer you leave the cupcake freezing, there is a likelihood the frosting will begin to lose some of the flavor.

So, while it is fine to freeze cupcakes, you will not want to do so for too long.

If you are freezing them for a wedding in 3 months time, you may just want to make the cupcakes closer to the date.

How Do You Freeze Frosted Cupcakes?

Before you can freeze the cupcakes, you will want to make sure they cool down completely before submitting them to icy cold temperatures.

However, another reason you will want them to cool is because you want to put some frosting on the cupcakes first.

Once the cupcakes are cool, add the frosting and any decorations like you normally would.

However, it is probably best to avoid adding anything like fresh fruit (see also ‘10 Tasty Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes To Make This Weekend‘).

If your cupcakes require this, put this on the cupcake after the defrosting stage to ensure it is fresh and juicy.

Keep Cupcakes Uncovered – At First

This might seem a little strange, but you will want to make sure that the cupcakes are not covered at all when you first put them into the freezer.

However, do put them inside a container that has the ability to then be closed.

For example, you can place the cupcakes into a storage container without the lid.

Doing this will allow the cake and the decoration to freeze. It may take a good 6 hours, but do check on the cupcakes before this.

You will know when they are ready for the next step when the frosting feels hard.

Cover The Cupcakes

Now that the cupcakes are completely frozen, add the lid to the storage container.

This method allows the cupcakes to stay moist and to ensure that they avoid the dreaded freezer burn.

Do make sure that the container is a good size. The last thing you will want is the lid touching the frosting and causing it to deform.

How Do You Freeze Unfrosted Cupcakes?

How Do You Freeze Unfrosted Cupcakes?

Just like with the frosted cupcakes, you will want to allow the cupcakes to cool before putting them into the freezer.

You can do this by putting them on a wire rack.

When you let the cupcakes cool down completely, it means that moisture will not build up from the warm cupcake and affect the way they freeze.

Once cool enough, place the unfrosted cupcakes into freezer bags. If you have a small enough batch, a container will do.

How Do You Defrost Frosted Cupcakes?

It is super easy to defrost frosted cupcakes.

Once you are ready to eat them, take them out of the freezer and put them onto the kitchen countertop at room temperature.

After around an hour, remove the lid but let it sit on top of the container loosely with a small gap to let the air in.

This method will ensure that the cupcakes do not become soggy during the defrosting process.

How Do You Defrost Unfrosted Cupcakes?

Defrosting unfrosted cupcakes is similar to frosted cupcakes.

Once you take them out of the freezer because you are ready to eat or decorate them, leave them to defrost at room temperature.

What you should never do is put them into the microwave. Doing so will cause them to go very dry. Nobody wants a crumbly cupcake!

What Is The Best Way To Store Cupcakes?

Here is the best way to store cupcakes out of the freezer:


A frosted cupcake can be put into an airtight container and left at room temperature.

They should last up to 4 days before starting to become dry and stale.

Make sure that they fit nicely in the container and not too snug. If there is not enough room the icing will deform.

You can refrigerate them, but only do this if the room temperature is particularly warm. The cold air may dry them out.


Just the same as with frosted cupcakes, store them in an airtight container and leave them at room temperature.

However, for the best results, frost them within a couple of days of baking the cupcake base.

You can also put them into the fridge, but it will dry out the sponge a lot quicker.

Final Thoughts

Cupcakes are not only delicious to eat, but they are fun to make.

However, cupcakes are usually made in larger quantities or for a special occasion, so it is not surprising that you may need to preserve them to eat later.

Fortunately you can freeze cupcakes.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind: you must put them into a container, and also ensure that you avoid them becoming dry.

Hopefully this article has helped you to make your cupcakes last a lot longer!

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