If you've found yourself volunteering to bring homemade cupcakes on more than one occasion, a cupcake carrier is an essential item to have. Standard food storage containers may work for unfrosted cupcakes, but you'll have a hard time neatly transporting frosted cupcakes to a birthday party or bake sale. Thanks to built-in cupcake cavities, your cakes will be less likely to tip over, bump into a neighboring cake and will be much easier to remove on arrival.
At the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab,
they tested cupcake carriers to find the ones that will keep your cupcakes, cakes, and cake pops safe.they measured the diameters of the wells and the space between the cupcake well and the top of the carrier or next layer (after all, nobody should be forced to limit the amount of buttercream they pile on top). they also checked how easy the carriers were to assemble and carry, and how steady the handle remained when walking.
These are the best cupcake carriers, according to their tests:
1)Best Overall Cupcake Carrier: Snap N’ Stack Stack Entertainers
There's a lot to love about the Snap N' Stack cupcake carrier. Not only does it carry two dozen cupcakes, but the cupcake trays are reversible and can accommodate two layers of cookies or brownies. Each cupcake tray also has two handles, which makes it easier to lower and remove cakes into the carrying compartment and allows for additional cookie layers.
The cupcake wells reliably held the cupcakes in place and the handle kept the box even when walking. The model they reviewed came with two stackable containers, but they also sell a three-layer model.
2)Best Value Cupcake Carrier: Wilton 3-in-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier
At under $12, the Wilton 3-in-1 cupcake caddy and carrier is the most affordable on their list. It also happens to be the best for carrying mini cupcakes and muffins, and you can rotate the base to hold a sheet cake too.
The carrier construction is solid and reliably locks but they found that the width made it awkward to carry without bumping into the side of your leg. The 2 ½ inch diameter of the cupcake wells make this carrier best-suited for big cupcakes or muffins.
3)Best Collapsible Cupcake Carrier: Prepworks Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Carrier
With room to tote up to 24 cupcakes, a 10-inch round cake, or a 9-inch square cake, PrepWorks collapsible cover makes storing a cinch. Their tests also found that its unique cupcake well design with finger holes meant thatthey could remove cupcakes without fear of smudging the frosting.
Some reviewers commented that the clips are hard to close. Their tests found that if you line up the plastic dome within the lip of the base by applying some light pressure, they neatly snap into place.
4)Most Versatile Cupcake Carrier: Bake & Take Serve Cupcake Pan Carrier
For small kitchens or cupcake-making newbies, they recommend the Sweet Creations covered cupcake pan. This ingenious design transforms your cupcake tin right into a carrying case with enough room to hold 14 cupcakes. In particular, they appreciated the firm handle, which won't rock your carrier as you walk. Just keep in mind that cakes in the pan will make it more challenging to remove pre-frosted cakes, and over time the cupcake pan will lose its shiny-new look.
5)Best Cupcake Carrier for Cake Pops: Sweet Creations Collapsible Cupcake and Cake Pop Display
If you're the over-achieving type and find yourself needing to transport both cupcakes and cake pops, and display them, Sweet Creations has you covered. With room to hold and stylishly present 40 cake pops or 24 cupcakes, you definitely won't feel pressured to reign in your creative efforts.
However, institute's tests did find that this model was not the most straightforward to assemble, and even when collapsed, it still takes up a hefty amount of space.
6)Best Cupcake Carrier for Display: PL8 Cupcake Carrier and Display
If you want a cupcake carrier that can also elegantly display your hard work, look no further than the PL8. Of all the tiered cupcake carriers they tested, this was the most attractive and straightforward to assemble (read: no need to look at the instructions).
The three layers each hold eight cupcakes (for a total of 24) or can be removed to carry a multi-tiered 9-inch cake. Frosting lovers will appreciate the ample space between the bottom two tiers, but the top layer has less room. The entire carrier collapses down when not in use for easy storage
7)Best Cupcake Carrier for Professionals: Mini CupCakeSafe
For serious cupcake makers, professionals, or those looking to transport cupcakes a distance, the mini CupCakeSafe is a terrific investment. The shelves of the CupCakeSafe contain raised holes as well as pins, which impale the cupcakes and keep them firmly in place, even if the carrier tips on a bumpy journey.
The CupCakeSafe works for regular or mini cupcakes, and the three white sidewalls block UV rays to insulate the inside and protect frosting from altering in color. The "mini" carrier can store up to 64 cupcakes.
8)Best BPA-Free Cupcake Carrier: Nordic Ware Cakes and Cupcakes Carrier
Made in the USA, Nordic Ware is well known for quality baking supplies. They love that this pan is not only BPA free but also free of melamine plastics. Testers noted some concerns with how well the handles would hold up over time but a 5-year warranty ought to put aside these concerns. The carrier wells are 2 ½ inches, and thus better suited for big cupcakes and muffins. The tray can be reversed to hold a 9 x 13-inch sheet cake, cookies or brownies.
9)Best Cupcake Carrier for Gifting: SMIRLY Bakery Cupcake Boxes
They can't think of a better gift to receive than a dozen homemade cupcakes in a gorgeous box that also gets the baked goods to their recipient safe and sound. Far more classy than disposable plastic, these boxes come complete with cupcake cases, a viewing window, and a decorative ribbon. The boxes arrive flat packed, which will help save storage space, and after use, the paper is recyclable.