I’ve often made treats for friends or family and then thought, how am I going to get them to their house? Cookies and squares are usually easy since they can be stacked with parchment paper in between layers so many containers would be fine. However, transporting cupcakes is a different story. They each need their own layer and you have to be careful with the icing.

There are many ways to transport cupcakes and the mode you choose may depend on how many you have to bring. A few of the ways I have used before include (pictured from left to right at the top of this post) are the Cupcake Courier Cupcake Caddy, Rubbermaid 24 Cup Rectangle Container, Wilton Cake Box and the Wilton 3-In-1 Cupcake Caddy and Carrier.

The first cupcake carrier I purchased was the Wilton Cupcake Caddy. It is a 3 in 1 carrier and you can fit a cake (up to 9″x13″), 24 mini cupcakes OR 12 regular sized cupcakes in it.

I have actually used it for all 3! It is a good size carrier (maybe too big if you are transporting only a few cupcakes though) and worked really well for transporting a cake. When I transported cupcakes in it, it worked well even though the holders in the tray are much more shallow than the ones in the Cupcake Courier Cupcake Caddy. The key was leaving it on a flat surface (in my case, the trunk), maybe surrounded by a few bulky things so that it doesn’t move around too much, and also driving really carefully, especially while turning!

Wilton 3 in 1 Cupcake Carrier Tray

The next cupcake carrier that I got was a gift from my sister. It is the Cupcake Courier Cupcake Caddy and holds 36 regular sized cupcakes or a cake, up to 2 tiers.

I like it because the holders are a bit deeper and it holds quite a bit. Although, with the holders being deeper, it is not as easy to remove the cupcakes and you have to be more careful when doing so to avoid touching the icing.

As with the previous carrier, you still should keep it on a flat surface while transporting.  Although my husband doesn’t seem to agree as he put it on top of a packed weekend bag in the back of the van! Needless to say, it fell over and some of the cupcake tops got squished.

The next way that I have transported cupcakes is with my Rubbermaid 24 Cup Rectangle Container. I initially bought the container, because I liked the fact that it holds quite a bit. For instance, I could make salad or other items to bring to a potluck and easily transport anything as well as leave it in the fridge overnight. It has a nice airtight lid and is very sturdy.

I noticed that it was nice and deep so I could easily store or transport cupcakes in it as well. It holds about 16 regular cupcakes and 24 mini ones. It’s great because the top is also somewhat flat and can be stacked with more than one container. The cupcakes wouldn’t be as “safe” as with the other cupcake transporting options I mentioned, but shouldn’t move around too much if you put it on a flat surface sheltered with a few other items. It is a great option if you want a multi purpose container and do not want to invest in something strictly for carrying cupcakes/cakes.

Cupcake Boxes are another good way to transport cupcakes if you aren’t bringing too many of them, they are a host/ess gift or if you want something disposable. They usually come with inserts that will keep the cupcakes in place and some have a nice clear window so you can see the lovely cupcakes. You can also tie ribbon around them to make them even nicer to present. You can transport just 1 cupcake up to however many will fit in your vehicle since the boxes can be stacked. Depending on the size of box and inserts you get, you can also transport mini cupcakes and a regular cake in it as well.


The Wilton 3 in 1 Cupcake Caddy:

  • Holds 12 regular or 24 mini  cupcakes or a 1 tier cake (up to 9″ x 13″)
  • Available in just one color
  • Has a curved lid so you can’t stack anything on top

The Cupcake Courier Caddy:

  • Holds 36 regular cupcakes or a cake (1 or 2 tier)
  • Comes in many pretty colors!(I’ve seen, pink, yellow, green, blue and others)
  • Has a curved lid so you can’t stack anything on top

Rubbermaid 24 Cup Rectangle Container:

  • Holds 16 regular or 24 mini Cupcakes or a small cake
  • Can be stacked
  • Has many other uses

Cupcake Boxes:

  • Can hold anywhere from 1 to a couple dozen cupcakes, mini cupcakes or whole cake
  • Disposable
  • Can be stacked
  • Great for gifting
  • You don’t have to worry about leaving the box(es) behind if you are bringing treats to a party

As mentioned, there are many ways to transport cupcakes and these are the ones I have tried so far. If you have any great ideas or tips, please feel free to comment!

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4 comments… add one
  • Thank you for posting this! I am actually needing a new holder but want something different than what I had before-I think I will have to check out that Cupcake Courier Caddy-love that it holds more!

    • Marie Sep 17, 2013

      I like it too, especially since the cupcakes stay in place quite well.

  • Britni Sep 17, 2013

    I have the Wilton one and like that it carries cupcakes well but wish it carried more like you said. I think I’ll have to check out the other options.

  • Katherines Corner Sep 22, 2013

    I don’t have any of these but I like the Wilton! Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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