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What a cool idea!
I like the pink carrier; my favourite kind of cupcake is plain chocolate... though it doesn't hurt to have chocolate chips inside!
My favorite cupcakes are chocolate cream cheese. Yum, yum.
I like the blue best. Thanks.
Anyone who likes to bake knows the difficulty of transporting your finished creations. Once cupcakes are frosted, it's almost impossible to get them from point A to point B without a gooey mess. I bought a special cupcake carrier from a major baking supply brand but was sorely disappointed with it. It's about the size of a sheet pan, so it's unwieldy to carry, the little indentations on the insert don't really prevent cupcakes from sliding around, and the plastic is so brittle that one of the corners actually cracked off the first time I tried to use it. It was almost worse than the traditional cardboard box lined with tinfoil method of schlepping cupcakes around. No thanks!
That's why I was so thrilled to read about The Cupcake Courier over a year ago. It was invented by a mom who'd experienced the same problems I had and then actually did something about it! Her invention is a three-tiered stacking tray system, with a tall domed lid. The thinner, taller profile makes it easier to carry and the inserts ensure that each cupcake is safely nestled in its own spot, twelve to a tray. Plus, The Cupcake Courier comes in attractive colors and, when the inserts are removed, it can hold a cake or even heavier items like a turkey or a ham. Wow.
Unfortunately, every time I logged onto The Cupcake Courier's website, they were all sold out! It also quickly sold out whenever it was featured on HSN and Amazon.com. Not a bad problem for a mompreneur, but I was bummed I couldn't get my hands on one of these things… I was relieved to discover recently that the The Cupcake Courier is finally hitting more retail venues, including my home away from home, Target.And the price has dropped, from a reasonable $32.95 to a veritable steal at $24.99.
The gracious Cupcake Courier team sent me two carriers to try out and they are really lovely. I wish I could say they made my cupcakes look as pretty as the ones in their photos, but they're definitely slumming it in comparison, not in small part because my 4 year old is insane and prefers her cupcakes sans frosting. And because I only made two batches of cupcakes and couldn't fill out The Cupcake Courier's ample 36-cake capacity, because I would eat them all myself. I am including a picture of my sad-looking unfrosted cupcakes nestled in the petal pink model just so you know I actually baked them:
Even if The Cupcake Courier didn't make my treats look Martha-esque, it did make them infinitely tote-able. And one benefit I didn't even consider- the four snap-locks make it airtight, so your cupcakes don't get stale as quickly. The company is working on inserts for sheet cakes/brownies/cookies, pies (to carry four at once!) and mini-cupcakes, too. Awesome. I never thought I would be anxious for a bake sale, but now I am raring to go!
To enter and win The Cupcake Courier in your choice of color, please comment on this post with your favorite cupcake flavor. Let me know which color Cupcake Courier you like best, too!
Entries will be accepted through March 26th and I'll pick the winner using Random.org. US/Canada readers are eligible. Only one entry/comment per person, please.
Make sure you leave an email address in your comment or that you have one accessible on your blog so you can be contacted if you win! Or, you may choose to check for your nickname at Prizey.Fetch, a new site that compiles winners in one convenient place:
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