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Mar 1, 2010 05:08 AM

Cupcake last longer

Hi can anyone help me how to keep cupcake fresh and how long till it last.
Thank you very much.

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  1. I usually make cupcakes ilo of actual cakes as they last longer and are more portable for lunches. I keep mine in a plastic air tight container and mine last at least a week at room temp.

    1. Using paper liners in the muffin tin will keep the cake from drying out as fast, as does frosting, although some types of frosting get hard..

      1. Are your cupcakes getting dry? Cake mix products last quite a while, and homemade icing is good disguise :) Recipes with buttermilk and/or fruit/vegetable purees like pumpkin also tend to stay soft.

        1. Well I just wondering how all the bakeries manage the cupcake in good and fresh condition after icing or put on butter cream for days. Any idea....?

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          1. re: Soulrage

            Small bakeries make their goods on a pretty regular basis, daily mostly, and normally don't have items sitting around for very long. In other words, they sell them quickly. Bakeries have daily "pars" of production, according to sales records, and adhere to those figures pretty closely.
            Unless you're speaking of mass-market commercial bakeries, which add preservatives to their products to keep them "fresh."

          2. Ive worked as a baker and have worked in bakeries...most, not all large bakeries use a mix for things like cupcakes and cakes which are not special order (think supermarkets, Costco, etc.) They contained preservatives & they keep the product shelf stable longer.

            Smaller independent bakeries tend to bake from scratch most of the time because the turnover rate is higher and customers tend to buy & consume quicker, thus the product doesn't normally have a chance of sitting and going stale. I've found that you can extend the shelf life of home baked goods by using moisture i.e, oil, sour cream, applesauce, fruit purees, buttermilk, silken tofu etc. Also, unless I'm cooking for company or clients and I know my baked goods are going to be consumed in a day or two, I keep them tightly covered in the refrigerator.

            Also, most baked goods can be frozen even cheesecakes. For personal use, I freeze in individual slices, etc. so I can take out and thaw what I need. I have buttercream frosted cupcakes and cookies (from the grocers) in my freezer now. When a craving hits I take what I need. It's a good way not to feel I need to eat it all and go overboard.

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            1. re: Cherylptw

              "It's a good way not to feel I need to eat it all and go overboard"

              You have much more willpower than I. I here the cake calling to me from behind the freezer door and it just won't shut up.;-))

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                Oh no I don't...I keep sweets in my deep freezer for portion control & to keep from pigging out was because it's out in the backyard under my carport. I'm what they call a late night snacker. If I kept a load of sweets in the house, I'd be in trouble, but I'm not going out in the dark at 2 a.m to raid the deep freezer. By the way, I've heard whispering from desserts waking me up from my sleep...I just follow the sound like a zombie and don't realize what's happening until I'm almost finished eating....

                1. re: Cherylptw

                  Ha,ha, I'd put my robe and slippers on and be out in the backyard, weather be damned!
                  We seem to have similar dessert issues...At least 2-3 times a month I wake in front of the frig with my mouth full.