How to Transport Cupcakes

by Katie on July 31, 2013

Have you ever made a few dozen cupcakes for a bake sale, school function, or birthday party and wondered how in the world you were going to transport them to the destination?

I usually use a small cupcake carrier if it’s a small batch that I’m making for us. If I’m filling an order for a client I buy the cupcake inserts for my cake boxes, but at over $1 each it’s not really economical for a large order…and not everyone has a cake supply store near them.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do my first cupcake wedding (why don’t more brides go this route – so much less stress on my part :)). I didn’t want to invest a fortune in cupcake inserts and they didn’t make them big enough to fill my big boxes, so I began thinking of better ideas…after all I need to transport almost 250 cupcakes and a small wedding cake.

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Non skid shelf liner is a must have for me (I put it under my cake boxes when transporting) so I thought…why not use it for the cupcakes. It worked PERFECTLY and not one single cupcake toppled over…even over the train tracks with the boxes stacked on top of each other.

All you have to do is line a box with non skid and sit the cupcakes on top. No fancy equipment needed. You don’t even have to have a cake box, you can use a cardboard box of any kind!

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How do you normally transport cupcakes?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet @ Frugal & Focused August 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

What a great tip. I love that the best solutions are usually so simple. Thanks for sharing that one.


Katie August 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

I agree, Janet…simple solutions are the best :) Thanks for stopping by!


Misty August 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

That is AWESOME!! Thank you for posting this!!! I have been thinking about purchasing those plastic cupcake containers but haven’t because they hold 24 and most of the kids class sizes are over 24 kiddos. This is an answer to the growing class sizes!!! Thanks so much!


Katie August 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi Misty! Most of the ones I’ve seen only hold 12…and that’s certainly not enough room!! This is going to be your cheapest and easiest way to keep making cupcakes for the kids class :)


Julie September 7, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hi, I am looking for cupcake/sheet cake boxes that won’t break the bank and that are durable.. Yours in the picture look perfect… Where did you find them… Please and thank you…


Katie September 8, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Hi Julie! Yes, the ones I used in the pictures are really durable. I got them from Sam’s Club bakery…I got a pack of 25 full sheet cake boxes and I believe they came out to about $2 a piece. I sell cakes so buying in bulk isn’t a big deal for me, but if you don’t you may not want 25 boxes. I buy all of my smaller cake boxes at a local cake supply store…they aren’t as sturdy but work fine and are better priced than buying a box at a craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Michaels.


Julie September 14, 2013 at 10:51 am


Thank You for getting back with me… I will have to go speak with the manager at Sam’s Club.. I have a wedding to cater in just a few short weeks so I am in need of those sturdy boxes.. Thanks again and God Bless..



Katie September 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

Good luck with your wedding cake Julie!!


Chelsea January 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Hi Katie,

I know this post is a few years old now, but I was hoping to get a little info on how you transported the mini cupcakes. I have to transport about 500 in a car and am having trouble figuring out the best, safest and most economical way. I only have a couple Q’s for you:

1.)In the above photo, you mentioned we could possibly find boxes at Micheal’s, do you remember what size your boxes were? I see they have a 19″ x 14″ x 4″ on Micheal’, is that about the size you used?
2.)Also, were you able to fit 250 mini cupcakes into only the 3 boxes shown above? If so, my problem would solved as I would only need about 6-7 boxes!


Katie February 9, 2016 at 1:13 pm

Hi Chelsea! I’m sorry I’m just getting back to you! My boxes were full sheet cake boxes. Yes, I did fit them into the 3 boxes…but full sheet boxes are about double the size of the 19″x14″. If you have a cake store around they would have full sheet boxes.


peggymedas March 29, 2016 at 9:16 am

thank you for sharing that great God idea i know it will work perfectly well even before i try same thanks


Jamillah April 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Thanks for sharing this awesome tip but I am not sure I understand. When you say non skid shelf liners are you referring to contact paper? I can’t really tell from this photo


Katie April 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

It’s in the shelf liner section and it has holes in it and it kinda grippy so it keeps things from sliding. Hope this helps. :)


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