Storage of cupcakes at markets

Hi All,

I have my first market in a few weeks and will be taking a few packs of cupcakes to sell.
I wouldn’t usually do a market, but it is a fundraiser one for a friends child so i’m making an exception.

My question is:
I will be using American buttercream and ganash on my cupcakes, and wasn’t sure if I should take something to keep them cool.

The market will go for 6 hours including the time for setting up, and I thought that seemed like a long time for cupcakes to be sitting out in a stadium of hundreds of people.

but then I also know that American buttercream and ganash don’t have to be refridgerated lol.

What would you do??

And also, for those of you that do the odd market, what have you found to be the most popular flavours and themes that people like?

I also plan on taking a few decorated dummy cakes, and samples along with a portfolio of photos of cakes I have already made, for those customers wanting to make orders for events.

would you keep your dummy cakes afterwards in a box for another market? or throw it and make more for the next one.

I’m looking at doing maybe 3-4 markets a year.

Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated

Vanessa xx

Vanessa-Mmmm cakes and cupcakes

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Is the market indoors or outdoors?? What is your weather like. Assuming it’s your fall there, as it’s spring here.
I have transported cupcakes in a large plastic container. The kind that slides under your bed, for extra storage, works great. I line the container with a rubber mat and cupcakes don’t move. You’ll have cupcakes out to sell, and the rest will be in the container nice and fresh. If it was hot, I would have suggested using cold pacs., to prevent melting. I found this out the hard way. I did about 50 for a wedding, transported in the hottest August day ever! A lot of the cupcakes icing began to melt…..grrrr. Now, I would freeze them iced, then pack and transport. I’ve gotten smart in my old age….. Hee Hee. As far as your dummy cakes, if you keep them from direct light, they should be fine. After going to all the work of decorating the dummies….don’t throw them out, re-use until they begin to fade.

Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. Clarky's Cakes 😎

I’ve kept one of my dummy cakes for over a year now… my last show I spruced it up with a pearl spray, but thats it. THey are nice to have on display if you ever to consults or tastings

For crowd pleasers (especially with kids) stick to basics… and kids love decorated cookies and anything on a stick

Krystle Murray, Owner-Operator of Dessert by Design - -

Thankyou to you both :) That has helped a lot. I’m so excited about it.
I have done heaps of markets in the past as I used to run a market here. but never as a cake decorator.
looking forward it.

Vanessa-Mmmm cakes and cupcakes

Nice tips jchuck and all the very best Mmmm cakes and cupcakes.

Thankyou :) I shall let you all know how I go xx

Vanessa-Mmmm cakes and cupcakes