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Jan 31, 2010 03:19 PM

Can I Freeze Frosted Cupcakes?

I started to make butternut squash cupcakes for my husband's office today and realized about 20 minutes after I'd started that he's off for the next 2 weeks. I couldn't stand to throw away the batter at that point and so continued making them.

My question is whether they can be frozen for 2 weeks. They're already frosted.

I don't want them around to tempt us. I get my baking kicks by making stuff that he takes to work. I can sample, but don't need to worry about a whole cake or whatever calling out "Hey! Just take a slice. That'll be okay...:"

Thanks for any info.

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  1. If it's a buttercream frosting and a butter based cupcake, yes, you can freeze them, BUT they probably won't look nice when they're thawed. There may be some separation of the frosting ingredients which would be difficult to repair in an um, attractive manner. I don't think I'd want to send thawed frosted cupcakes to my sweetie's office, but maybe I'm persnickety? I'd suggest donating them to a nursing home or maybe the fire station, someplace they will be appreciated/ingested while they're fresh.

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    1. re: amyzan


      Thanks for the info. I don't know about the donation...wouldn't folks be wary of a stranger giving them cupcakes? I certainly would.

      I'm going to freeze them and then see what happens when they're thawed. If I can fix them up a bit, okay, if not....I'll toss them.

      My husband's office is very pleased with my baking and always let me know how much they love it. . .so they might excuse this batch.

      1. re: oakjoan

        I live in a small town, and no, people aren't wary of accepting homemade goodies at the nursing home or fire station here. Your situation may be different, of course, but it might be worth a call to ask. People in positions such as these are generally appreciative, in my experience. If they have concerns, offer to leave your name and phone number so a manager can return call to verify or let an employee see your ID when you deliver, so they know you're legit.

    2. as amyzan said, you *can* freeze them...but that doesn't necessarily mean you should. at the very least, the frosting texture will likely suffer. i like the donation idea - give them to someone who will really appreciate them while they're fresh.

      oh, and enjoy the time off with your husband! ;)

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Or you could scrape the frosting off now, freeze the naked cupcakes and refrost them when you are ready to send them with hubby. Then at least all is not lost. If it were me, I would want to see how they would turn out if frozen while frosted, just to satisfy my curiosity. I would think if the frosting thaws poorly, couldn't you then scrape it off and re-frost them?

        1. re: 16crab

          "I would think if the frosting thaws poorly, couldn't you then scrape it off and re-frost them?"
          you could, but the tops would probably be gummy & soggy after absorbing liquid & fat from the original frosting.

      2. I have frosted cupcakes in my freezer right now; I always freeze frosted cupcakes and I have had no problems with the frosting quality once thawed. I don't recommend freezing whipped cream frosting because it breaks down but most frostings freeze well.