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« on: February 04, 2012 12:10:34 PM »

Does anyone make cookies, cupcakes, etc. ahead of time for events?

If so how do you store them?  Are there any tricks to making it work better?

If you freeze them how do you thaw them?

Thanks for you help, I'm trying to plan a first birthday party when I will also have company all weekend.
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012 01:16:36 PM »

Hi kjlutz! I might have some answers for you regarding your dilemma. The answers depend upon what you decide to bake and if you're baking from scratch. Scratch baking freezes much better and keeps better in the freezer (hopefully, you have no stinky fish or other smelly things in there......baked goods are sponges for smells and other flavors)
I make a lot of cakes from scratch, frosted and decorated (with butter cream only) and in a change of plans, have frozen cakes very successfully. A cake would be my choice, cookies and cupcakes are very high labor because you're decorating each one seperately...that means a lot more time. You can bake a nice generous cake, frost it, chill it down in the fridge (giving the butter cream time to harden up before you put plastic wrap over it) wrap it at least twice over with plastic wrap and freeze it. When you're ready for the cake, unwrap it, thaw it out for at least four hours (six is best) and add details or other sugar decorations.
A lot less stress and a space saver in the freezer.....cupcakes take up a lot of room!
I don't know how box mix cakes freeze, but I'm sure they would be fine if you don't keep them in there for more than a week.
If you are interested in some cake recipes, pm me and I'll send some to you.

Does anyone make cookies, cupcakes, etc. ahead of time for events?

If so how do you store them?  Are there any tricks to making it work better?

If you freeze them how do you thaw them?

Thanks for you help, I'm trying to plan a first birthday party when I will also have company all weekend.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012 06:56:49 PM »

Ah kjlutz... you have a response from the Master... you're in good hands!
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« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012 11:45:10 AM »

Thanks so much cackle and MissingWillow, I really appreciate your help.  I  will be baking from scratch adn will freeze it.
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