Egg Carton Mini Cupcakes

Egg carton mini cupcakes! A cute way to gift or transport mini cupcakes!

Egg carton mini cupcakes! A cute way to gift or transport mini cupcakes! |

Spring weather in New England has officially hit. And by Spring weather I most definitely mean cold rainy days. People have been joking lately, not just in New England, but all across the north about the pending Easter egg hunts. Will the snow be gone in time for outdoor Easter egg hunts? I only remember one year when we did that outside. Normally it’s not warm enough, especially if Easter is early in the season. This year it’s at least at the end of April so maybe we’ll get lucky and see some sun and a chance at warmer temperatures.

I do definitely envy other areas of the country when I’m itching for sun and colorful flowers! Not sure I’d be willing to trade come Summer or Fall though, but for Spring… totally! Bring on the warm sunny days!

Egg carton mini cupcakes! A cute way to gift or transport mini cupcakes! |

When I get together with family or friends, I really enjoy bringing dessert. Whether it be a big full size cheesecake, cookies or cupcakes, dessert is always my preference for what to bring to the festivities. Everyone likes dessert… even if you don’t save room for it. One can always make room for dessert. Right? Which is why we should totally just start eating dessert first. But that’s an issue for another day.

I like bite sized treats. In case you hadn’t already figured that out, but they’re not always ideal to travel with, gift or bring to parties… until now!

Egg carton mini cupcakes! A cute way to gift or transport mini cupcakes! |

The perfect solution… an egg carton! Make sure it’s clean! Previously used is fine in most cases. But if you prefer, clean-unused cardboard egg cartons can be purchased from a variety of online shops. And yes, it needs to be cardboard, not plastic. Even though plastic would sure be easier to clean, they’re not as ideal for packaging up cute mini cupcakes because of the additional flip top that would squish pretty frosting designs.

So, next time you want to gift a dozen cupcakes or bring a cute package of cupcakes to a party… package them up in an egg carton. Tie it with a bow and a cute personalized tag!

Remember, many full size recipes can be easily converted to mini recipes. One full size cupcake will make roughly three mini cupcakes. Mini cupcakes should be baked for approximately 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Timing will vary slightly with each recipe and amount of batter used so be sure to test your cupcakes a few minutes before you think they might be done!

Need a cupcake recipe? Try these:

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe -

Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting

Devil's Food Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Recipe from

Devil’s food cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting
Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe from

Banana cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting

Spiced Apple Pie Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting Recipe from

Spiced apple pie cupcakes with caramel buttercream frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Two Tone Vanilla Buttercream Frosting  Recipe from

Vanilla Cupcakes with two tone vanilla buttercream frosting

Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe from

Guinness chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

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45 Responses to “Egg Carton Mini Cupcakes”

  1. #
    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — April 1, 2014 at 6:18 am

    You’re right — transporting cupcakes can be really tricky. My mini cupcakes often topple over, ruining the frosting I worked so hard on. This is such an adorable idea! And I didn’t realize that you can buy unused egg cartons online; I feel like I need to stock up!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      I’ve definitely had my share of toppled issues back in the day. Not all carriers are created equal lol :)

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    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — April 1, 2014 at 6:21 am

    A great idea, Rachel! I love mini cupcakes so this is perfect.

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Norma!

  3. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 1, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Such a good idea!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks Chloe!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — April 1, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Dessert is what I always bring to get togethers, parties etc. There’s always so much of it lying around anyway. These cupcakes have to be the cutest little Easter treats I’ve seen. Cute idea Rachel!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Sally! :)

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    Beth @ bethcakes — April 1, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Such a cute and practical idea! I’m always afraid for my frosting whenever I try to transport cupcakes. Love this!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Beth!

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    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — April 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Such a cute way to present them!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — April 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Haha I totally thought you baked the cupcakes in the egg crate for a minute. Definitely a great mini cupcake transporter, thanks for the tip!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Oh gosh… if that were possible hmmm lol I might have to experiment sometime.

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    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes — April 1, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    this is genius!! love using the egg cartons for transport, such an easy – and seasonal! – travel solution, so smart sista :)

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Thanks Christine!

  9. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health — April 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    how creative is this!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Dixya!

  10. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Omg, what a stinking cute idea!!!!!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      ha Thanks Julie :)

  11. #
    Melanie @ Carmel Moments — April 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

    That’s such a cute idea! Love it!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Melanie :)

  12. #
    rodanim — April 2, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Super Idea!

    • #
      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Thank you! :)

  13. #
    aimee@shugarysweets — April 2, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Oh my word this is such a fun idea!! Perfect for a school party too!!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      I bet even the kids could transport them that way! :)

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    Ashley - Baker by Nature — April 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Oh my gosh!!!! You are the QUEEN of cuteness with these!!!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      Aww thanks Ashley :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    These are too cute! I definitely sympathize with your “spring” days in New England (we used to live in Boston) but am jealous of your mild summers. It’s already scorching here in Texas!

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      Rachel — April 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm

      I am SO ready for warmer weather. This is ridiculous. But I definitely do not want southern summers.

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 2, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    OMG, these cupcakes are cute! Great idea to store them!

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      Rachel — April 3, 2014 at 7:35 am

      Thanks Ilona!

  17. #
    Chichi — April 3, 2014 at 5:31 am

    These are so cute and what a wonderful idea using egg cartoons to transport cakes. I usually use egg cartoons to dry and curve gumpaste flowers when making them

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    Wendy — April 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The little cupcakes are adorable on their own (and I am sure they taste delicious too) but transporting/presenting them in an egg carton is Easter holiday perfect! Ingenious!

  19. #
    Stephanie — April 4, 2014 at 12:20 am

    This is a great idea! Sometimes I hate my cupcake carrier around. This would be so much easier!

  20. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    I wish our egg cartons were as cute as yours! Ours are a weird greyish brown color. Boo.

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      Rachel — April 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

      There are only a few that are cute, the rest are boring. I purposely snagged one of those for the cute factor and hung on to it LOL. Prop hoarder ;)

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    Terri/LoveandConfections — April 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Such a cute idea. I normally have a cardboard cupcake carrier and box always on hand that I buy from the cake supply store. If I’m ever out i will have to remember this.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — April 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    That is seriously the cutest way to take mini cupcakes somewhere. I have used an egg carton for cookie dough truffles, but I hadn’t thought about cupcakes. Thanks for the fun idea!!!

  23. #
    Gladys — April 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I found your blog thru Angela’s Grocery Shrink. I love how created you are! and your cupcakes look so delicious.

  24. #
    Missym — April 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Hi – I have egg cartons but can’t seem to get the right size of cupcake cases – which ones did u use ?

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      Rachel — April 7, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      I used mini cupcake liners which are roughly 1.5″ on the bottom.

  25. #
    maribel — May 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    es una gran idea y muy sencillo de usar ademas de que el carton de huevo lo podemos tendria mas usos, y economico.

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    Ida — July 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Hi there, what a great idea! I just bought a few coloured egg cartons to pack my small cakes :)
    I was just wondering: would it be ok to put the food in the egg boxes without the paper holders? The ones I have seem to be too big to fit the holes perfectly.
    Alternatively, what size cupcake holders do you use? Or, do you know where to buy “jumbo” size coloured egg cartons? Can’t seem to find them anywhere on the web.
    Thanks for your ideas and help :)

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      Rachel — July 30, 2015 at 7:47 am

      If you were using plastic containers that could easily be washed, I’d say yes, you could go without the liners. However, I’d recommend using the liners for any other container, just to be safe. I am not aware of different container sizes, though you could try searching for extra large egg containers. They might be slightly larger, if available for purchase.

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