How To Package Cupcakes

I’ve had this post in my drafts for over a year and I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you just in time for the holidays.

As you know, I have a pretty major thing for cupcakes. From Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes to Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes – I enjoy making them almost as much as I enjoy eating them.

Whenever we have potlucks at work, I’m always the first person to sign up in the dessert category. And my go-to crowd pleaser is always cupcakes.


Even though I find cupcakes to be incredibly simple, I also find them to quite elegant and perfect for just about any occasion. Add a festive liner, a swirl of buttercream, and a dash of sprinkles and you pretty much have my version of party perfection.

As much as I like the grab-and-go portability of cupcakes, sometimes certain occasions call for a little more packaging – for example, bake sales.

My favorite way to package cupcakes couldn’t be easier and all the materials you’ll need are readily available at your local craft store.

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How To Package Cupcakes


1. Place cooked and cooled cupcakes into plastic cups. If your liners happened to fade during the baking process, add another liner to each cupcake to make the design brighter and more visible.

2. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with sprinkles.

3. Gently place cups into cellophane bags. Add your tags to the twine or ribbon and tie the top of the bag.


- If you are using a soft frosting such as cream cheese, meringue, or Italian buttercream, I would recommend attaching a spoon to your cup.

40 Responses to “How To Package Cupcakes”

  1. Jill — November 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could offer some advice as to how early I can bake cupcakes, using a recipe similar to your doctored up cake, without sacrificing their taste & quality. I have to make 100 cupcakes for an event his Sunday and I’d like to get a jump on it!!

    Thanks so much,


    • Connie — September 30, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      Jill, I know this is waaay to late, maybe for future reference? Years ago when I was a cake decorator I discovered that freezing unfrosted cakes/cupcakes makes them much more moist. I’ve done this ever since, especially now that I have grandchildren…loads of cupcakes in freezer. Just allow to thaw unwrapped.

    • Jamie — September 30, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Great tip, Connie! Thanks for sharing.

    • Deirdre — April 5, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      I know this is also way late but my tip for baking lots of cupcakes isn’t freezing. When I have to make roughly 100 cupcakes I still prefer to bake them the day of. I take large freezer bags, decide what type I’m making (because I usually do various flavours), then measure out enough of the dry ingredients for 24 cupcakes per freezer bag or whatever recipe size doubled. I know some recipes make 16-18. It all depends. Then I write out the wet ingredients needed on the outside for whatever sized batch it’s for. Then I make sure I have enough of the wet stuff, i.e., eggs, buttermilk, etc. Then I just get up early, pull out the butter, and get mixing. I can pre-heat the oven right when I get up because it only takes a minute or so before I can start scooping. I also do any additional prep work the day before such as toppers like chocolate carrots for carrot cake then it’s all set to go for decorating as soon as they’ve cooled.

    • Jamie — April 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for stopping by with your tips.


  2. Janis — November 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Little plastic cups! Ingenious! That’s so clever and so simple. Thanks for the tip. x


  3. JB — November 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    genius. thank you.


  4. Rebecca — November 22, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Looks lovely ;) sometimes the simplest ideas are the best :D


  5. Dana — November 22, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Awesome idea – thanks for sharing!


  6. This is brilliant! Thanks so much. My company, TeamBuilding Unlimited, does a Cupcake Decorating Challenge.. and I usually order boxes to take the cupcakes home.. but this is so much easier and better.. and for my own cupcakes. Wow!! Great idea! It makes each cupcake special and keeps them from getting smashed!


  7. I love this idea Jamie! It’s so simple but so cute and personalized! You’re cupcakes always look gorgeous and the packaging is a perfect match. Pinning! :)


  8. Julia — November 22, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Very cute presentation, but seems like it would be difficult & messy to get them OUT of the cups…seems like you would get frosting all over your hands getting them out…? Or am I missing something?


    • Carol — November 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      I agree with Julia. This is a clever and beautiful presentation for individual distribution, but it escapes me how to get the cupcake out without a mess. If it is intended that it be eaten with a fork and left IN the container, then attaching that tool seems like a must.

    • Rebecca — December 12, 2013 at 6:26 am

      yes,they would be hard to get out of the cup without making a mess of the frosting…..that’s why she recommends to put a spoon with them….look in notes just under directions :)

  9. Tina — November 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Brilliant idea! Always get so frustrated with trying to transport my cupcakes, but this at least solves the problem of transporting single servings as gifts.


  10. Denise — November 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I have been packaging cupcakes like this for bake sales at school for a couple of years now, and it works out great! I did it this week, actually! Sometimes I tie a plastic fork on, too! Also this week, I found a great way to get these to the school was to set them in a drink carrier that you get at the fast food drive thru. It worked out great, and I didn’t gave to worry about getting the carrier back or bringing it back home!


  11. christian — November 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I love this idea! I have actually done something very similar except I tied a little plastic spoon to the outside under the bow. The cupcakes I made had a peanut butter filing so I thought it would be a good idea to give out a utensil with them :-) .


  12. ThisBakerGirlBlogs — November 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Lovely idea and grogeous cupcakes :)


  13. I love this! What a great idea!!


  14. Hari Chandana — November 23, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Love the idea :)


  15. Krystal — November 23, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Such an awesome idea!!! Thanks! :)


  16. Patricia @ ButterYum — November 23, 2013 at 6:26 am

    The cups are brilliant! Love this idea.


  17. Natalie — November 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Great post Jamie. Easy, but makes such a difference!


  18. Liz @ Life Made Sweet — November 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This idea is absolutely genius in presentation, functionality and simplicity! Love it!


  19. heidi — November 27, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    These look so elegant. Thanks for sharing. I hope to pass cupcakes out at work for the holidays.


    • Jamie — December 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm


      Thank you so much! Happy holidays and thank you for following MBA!


  20. Carol — December 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    What size are the cups and what size are the bags? I’ve read on other websites to use the 9 ounce cup but I’m not sure what size bag to get; I don’t want the cup to swim in the bag but I don’t want it skin tight either! Thanks so much!


  21. Rebecca — December 13, 2013 at 2:44 am

    another option instead of adding a spoon would be to cut a circle out the the base of the cup and add a note saying to stick a finger into the hole to push the cup cake up far enough out of the cup to lift it out….should work but more work especially if making bulk cuppies.


  22. Cherie Mustaro — September 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I did this before. Very nice for a bake sale. Just attach a fork or spoon. No need to take the cupcake out of the cup.


    • Jamie — September 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Thanks for stopping by.


  23. Laura — September 30, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Hi……what is the font style used on labels?


  24. Shireen — September 30, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Plastic tumblers a fabulous idea


    • Jamie — September 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Shireen!

  25. Saran — May 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I am making these for my daughter’s birthday party! Was wondering if I should take off the liner before placing it in the cup , so that its easier to eat with a fork? Thanks for the idea !


    • Jamie — June 3, 2015 at 8:09 am

      That is definitely an option. I think people will be able to eat them either way.

  26. Tene — October 19, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Jamie, I know the post is old but I’m just seeing it and I love the idea. My question is how do you transport the cupcakes from point A to point B. What do you put them in so that they are not stacked on top of each other and cause the icing to be smashed? I’m making 200 of these and plant to transport them but I’m afraid they will look a mess once I get them to point B. Any help would be appreciated.


    • Jamie — October 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Hello! I usually just put them in the bottom of a large box in a single layer. Then I stuff paper tissue paper, or newspaper into the gaps around the box to keep them super snug. I hope this helps!

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