Make Cupcakes Day of Party or Day Before?

Updated on July 27, 2011
M.S. asks from Mansfield, TX
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My son's birthday party is at 2:30 in the afternoon so I can get up and make the cupcakes first thing in the morning. They would cool in time for me to ice them before lunch. I could make them the day before, but I don't really have any good way to store them overnight. I don't have a cupcake container. I could only put them in a 13x9 dish with foil on top. Which would be better? Make them fresh the day of the party (just be a little more rushed with all of the other chores I have to do) or make them the day before and not be able to store them in anything totally air-tight? What would you mommas do?

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answers from Washington DC on

Make them the day before, but don't frost them until the morning of the party. Easier for storing them overnight.

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answers from Hartford on

Bake them the day before and ice them the morning of. If you ice them the same day, they'll be too fresh to ice.

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answers from Dallas on

We made cupcakes the night before and left them undecorated. I set out 2 bowls of icing and dishes of toppings and had a "Decorate Your Cupcake" table. It was a hit and easy on me!!

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answers from Richmond on

Make them the night before, and frost them in the morning :)

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answers from Bloomington on

I would (and have) made the cupcakes the day before and this is why:

*You can take your time and make them super cute (if that is what you want to do)
* You don't know if you have a problem with the mix or frosting (this has happened to us).
*Running the oven in the morning before the party may make it harder to keep the house cool for the party (especially with a lot of people and kiddos).
*It gives you more time to do last minute cleaning and setting-up (peace of mind)

Once the cupcakes are iced (with regular frosting...not a cream cheese frosting), you can store them out with foil or wrap on top of them. The frosting will "seal" the top of the cakes and keep them from drying out.

Have fun!

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answers from Daytona Beach on

if you are making the cupcakes to be decorated by the kids, then i would do it the day before. that way they are more firm, and don't crumble as they are putting the frosting on. if you are decorating them, either the day before or that morning.

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answers from Dallas on

Make them the day before and mix up some powdered sugar and water. Spread a light coat on the cupcakes. It will stop the cupcakes from drying out and it will make the icing go on easier and the cupcakes won't crumble when you spread the icing. You want the mixture to be liquid enough to spread, but not super runny.


answers from Dallas on

Make them the day before and store them covered in the muffin pan and a cake pan covered in foil, then ice the day of. Icing gets hard in the fridge overnight.



answers from Dallas on

Cupcakes don't need to be refrigerated, so I would bake them - let them cool then divide them in big zip bags. (If you have room in your freezer, cupcakes freeze great and you could thaw them the morning of the party.)

Then the day of the party you can put the icing and decorations on top.




answers from Dallas on

You can make them the day before, ice them and decorate them too. Just put them on the table and cover with foil. You don't need an airtight container. They will not dry out. Whatever you do, don't put them in the fridge! Have fun at the party!


answers from Washington DC on


I would make them the day before......they will be fine!!!


answers from Dallas on

Hi, I have LOTS of experience with this. C.M from Fort Worth had the perfect answer!

S. - Cake Decorating P.



answers from Boston on

Definitely the day before. And no need to store them in an airtight container. If they're not frosted, just cover them with a clean dishtowel. If they're frosted, the frosting will keep the cake from drying out - you can tent them with foil if that makes you feel better but you don't need to. Have fun!



answers from Springfield on

Buy something to put them in and make them the day before. You can get Gladware or Tupperware. You will use them for future birthday parties, baked goods for class parties, potlucks, etc. You will use them! They only cost $3 or $4.

Definitely make them the day before. Less stress!


answers from Kalamazoo on

I always make them the day before, place them on trays, cover with foil and store in the oven overnight so my cats don't mess with them!



answers from Columbia on

Make the cupcakes the day before the party and keep them overnight covered with foil. Then on the Day of his party, frost them. This will keep the cakey part fresh, be less apt to fall apart when you frost them, and will be one less thing to worry about or do on party day! Happy Birthday to your Son!

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