Tips for Making Cupcakes Ahead of Time?

updated Nov 14, 2022
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Q: My mom and I are driving from Minneapolis, MN to Madison, WI next weekend to visit my grandpa for Father’s Day. A few other relatives are coming too. I am in charge of the celebratory dessert and was hoping to make cupcakes as they are festive and enable portion control (my grandpa is on a diet).

The problem is, I need to be able to make the cupcakes two days ahead of time, then drive them 5 hours to my grandparent’s house.

Do you have any suggestions for good make-ahead recipes? Do you have any tips for transportation and assembly?

Sent by Rachel

Editor: Rachel, if you want really fresh-baked cupcakes, you could freeze the batter and bake them at your destination. Take some buttercream in a piping bag (keep it in a small cooler to keep it cold) and frost them there too.

Or you can simply make cupcakes ahead of time (

these chocolate and vanilla recipes

Readers, any thoughts or tips?

Related: Cupcakes for All! 20 Cupcake Recipes, Tips, & Ideas

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