Cupcakes, as cute and delicious as they are, don’t always travel well in regular containers. That frosting you expertly piped collides and smears all over the side of the container, and the cupcakes bump into each other like they’re in a messy round of bumper cars. Some of the cupcakes might even tip over. By the time you arrive at your destination, your cupcakes look more like a cake, because the frosting has all melded together. Not the effect you were going for.
Luckily for cupcake connoisseurs, there are cupcake carriers out there. Cupcake carriers have trays with cupcake-shaped molds in them, so you’re able to secure your sugary snacks. The cupcakes stay in their designated slots, and there’s usually a handle on the lid for you to grip to make carrying the little cakes easier.
We rounded up the best cupcake carriers with lids below. With one of our picks, you’ll be able to transport a whopping three tiers of cupcakes in a single container. Meanwhile, another option is collapsible, which makes it easier to take the empty container home after serving. Our last pick has a special section for serving utensils, so you don’t have to remember to throw tools in a separate bag.
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1. Progressive Collapsible Cupcake Tray
You can stash 24 cupcakes in this tray, and collapse it after you’ve passed out all of your tasty treats. This tray shrinks down to one-third of its original size. There are three tiers of trays, which can be folded up after your desserts are eaten. This holder keeps your cupcakes secured and from falling over, thanks to its deep holes. This BPA-free tray can also transport small cakes and brownies when the cupcake trays are removed.
2. Cuisinart Cupcake Carrier
Nothing says carrying cupcakes like, well, carrying it in a giant cupcake. This carrier is an adorable novelty that doubles as a holder for 24 individual cupcakes. Each of these cupcakes has its own little holder that keeps the little delicacy safe and secure through transit. The clear top on the carrier allows you to showcase your impressive designs to others at the party.
3. Buddeez Cake and Cupcake Carrier
This compact tray can store 12 cupcakes or a 13 in. by 9 in. cake. If you’re annoyed at the prospect of carrying serving tools in yet another bag, don’t fret. The serving utensils can be hooked onto the inside of the tray lid. After you’re done graciously sharing your treats, you can pop the carrier on the top shelf of the dishwasher. If you’re trying to bring a small cake and cupcakes in, you can buy a second tray, because they are stackable.
4. Good Cooking Cupcake Carrier
The worst feeling in the world is having your cupcakes accidentally rattle around when you hit a pothole on the street. That’s when you know that your cupcakes have suddenly been ruined and all that work was for nothing — it’s so frustrating. This cupcake holder solves those problems with its sturdy and secure snap-on lid and multi-level trays. This 24-pack holder features extra deep trays and extra height to keep cupcakes from tipping over and to help preserve delicate frosting.
5. Top Shelf Elements Cupcake Carrier
Be the hit at your next get-together when you walk into the room carrying this ultra-sturdy cupcake holder. This 15 x 11 in. holder can store up to 24 cupcakes and is compact enough to fit just about anywhere. The super secure snapping mechanism ensures that your holder doesn’t accidentally open during transit. Plus, the individual cup holders are pretty deep — just in case you’ve made some hefty cupcakes. They come in two colors: seafoam green and white.