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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.

Holiday Cupcake Inspiration

Pumpkin Mocha Cupcakes
Sugar and Spice Cupcakes
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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.

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  1. Chanell says:

    This idea saved me in the nick of time ! I had a bake sale this morning and realized I can’t find my cupcake holder ! What a great idea! I will be using this from now on

    1. Jamie says:

      I am so glad this helped, Chanell! I think this is the way to go for bake sales and other events!

  2. Tene says:

    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.

    1. Jamie says:

      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!

  3. Saran says:

    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 !

    1. Jamie says:

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

  4. Shireen says:

    Plastic tumblers a fabulous idea

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Shireen!

  5. Laura says:

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

  6. Cherie Mustaro says:

    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.

    1. Jamie says:

      Thanks for stopping by.


  7. Rebecca says:

    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.