Dear Frugal Upstate
Can cupcakes with icing on them be frozen??? I saw some really cute ones at Walmart for Easter and thought theyd be good to carry to work one day but not this week. Could I buy them and then freeze them to use later? I thought if anyone would know it would be you since you bake.
Yes, I do like to bake. As a matter of fact each year I make my kids special cakes and cupcakes for each of their birthdays. They may not always look professional, but they are definitely creative! In the past I’ve made a Hamburger Cake, a Domino Cake, A Blues Clues Cake, a Pool Cake, a Construction Cake, a ‘Quilt’ cake, a Hannah Montana Stage Cake, a Barbie Cake, a Lego Cake, and even a Rainbow cake.
Despite all that, I really haven’t done too much freezing. Since I hate to give out information without research or facts to back it up I did search online to see what I could find out about freezing icing (frosting). There were plenty of mentions of freezing butter-cream frosting~but more along the lines of freezing JUST the frosting. I did not find anything I felt was authoritative about freezing pre-frosted cakes or cupcakes.
If you want my personal advice, and I’m guessing you do, I would feel comfortable freezing the cupcakes for later use.
Here is my reasoning.
#1-Just this weekend my MIL served a cake that had been baked and frosted (with store bought frosting) in March. It was perfectly fine-no one would have ever guess it was anything other than freshly frosted.
#2-Many folks freeze the top layer of their wedding cake for a year (or more if they forget about it!) and I have never heard or seen any problems with that frosting/icing.
#3-Many bakeries freeze frosted wedding cakes and then thaw them out in time for the wedding. As one site noted “You don’t really think they are frantically baking & decorating the cake the day before the wedding, do you?”
So I would feel comfortable freezing a buttercream frosting (which is what most bakeries use) or an icing like my homemade icing recipe. I would be more leery of a boiled icing or a whip cream based icing.
Readers, do any of you have experience/advice to offer about freezing frosting? We’d love to hear it!