Covering with plastic wrap

Ignore me if all of you have figured this out already but I am always frustrated trying to figure out how to cover platters of decorated cupcakes and cookies without messing up the frosting. Am I alone in this? It’s not a need I’m faced with every day, but occasionally, I have a tray of, say, number 8 sugar cookies that have been swirled prettily with frosting and by golly, I don’t want the plastic wrap pressing into the frosting and ruining my hard work (neither do I want to use a hard set royal icing because…well, long live soft creamy frosting forever, plus, the royal icing isn’t feasible on cupcakes). It’s not an issue if the cookies aren’t leaving my house but if I need to store them overnight and/or move them to another location, then I kind of feel like covering them is the best defense against toddler fingers, bugs and other hazards.

So this last time, I opened every drawer in my kitchen hoping for inspiration and sure enough, when I spied those spindly straws an idea came to me.

Covering with plastic wrap

I put a piece of tape on the short side of the straw and bent the long side up. Then I pressed the tape to the underside of the platter making sure to mold it tightly to the sides of the straw so the straw wouldn’t wiggle. Stick with me (no pun intended); you’ll see how this all comes together. I was using a ceramic platter here and regular ol’ scotch tape came off just fine after but using blue painters tape might be an even more sure bet for no residue left on the tray.

Covering with plastic wrap

I repeated this six times total, three on each side (it was a square platter) and bent the straws inward like shown to create a little canopy base for the plastic wrap. Then, I laid out three pieces of plastic wrap on the counter, overlapping slightly, and gently lifted it over the top of the straws so that it rested right on the tips of all the straws without bending the straws too close to the precious cookies.

Covering with plastic wrap

I carefully folded the edges of the plastic wrap under the tray…and…crisis averted! Pretty simple but very effective. That plastic wrap didn’t even get close to those cookies.

Me: 1, Messed Up Cookies: 0.

I’ve used this method since for cupcakes (just don’t bend the straws down quite as far) and a few other trays of cookies. It works like a dream. Once I transport the cookies, I gently lift off the plastic wrap and then flip the straws back – they peel right off the underside of the platter.

So there you have it! Not rocket science and it definitely isn’t going to change the world, but it works and has made me very, very happy. Ah, the simple things in life…

29 Responses to Kitchen Tip: How to Cover Pretty Cupcakes and Cookies Without Messing Them Up

  1. Amanda Z. says:

    THANKS! You just single handedly saved me so much agony tonight!

  2. Sheila says:

    I love that creative mind of yours! From one mom to another: “This is a Curious George method of figuring out things”. 🙂

  3. Alicia says:

    Love the straw idea — brilliant! I used it last night with your delish Old Fashioned Banana Cream Pie (to preserve the whipped cream) and it worked like a charm, even on a cold-from-the-fridge pie plate. You rock!

  4. elizabeth says:

    although I think its a great idea, I also have an idea as well, – sometimes when we order pizza for the neighborhood kids and they give you that white center piece in the middle(looks like a miniature table for dollhouses !!! ) to keep the lid from sinking into the pizza, I save those and definitely reuse them again and again for these times

  5. Angie McArthur says:

    How did you make those cute 8 cookies?

  6. Cammee says:

    Genius, genius, GENIUS!!

  7. Rebecca B says:

    Hahaha! Wonderful! Wish I’d have thought of this great idea a long time ago – it would have saved so many desserts!

  8. Kim in MD says:

    Love this, Mel! This would work for appetizers, too. The plastic wrap is like a magnet and lifts off the garnish (parsley, chives, etc.), which is so annoying. This will solve that problem!

  9. Shelby says:

    Thanks so much for sharing! I needed this just last week! If you cook , you take ! Everyone can use this.

  10. Sound Beacher says:

    You have a big brain Mel, to come up with this solution. You should supbmit it to Real Simple Magazine they have that “Repurpose” section. For cupcakes going to school I’ve always used my large Lasagna Pan that came with a plastic lid for transporting. It holds 2 dozen cupcakes and it’s deep so it doesn’t touch the frosting. But this plate w/straws idea is genious for so many other things too, like your gourmet buttermilk cookies I love to bake. I love your site and you continue to impress and amaze!! Keep it up. Enjoy the waning weeks of summer.

  11. Brilliant! I have struggled with this issue so many times and thought, “There’s gotta be a better way!” Well, here it is. Thanks for the tip!

  12. Linda says:

    Wow! I have always been frustrated with cupcakes and cookies. I am so glad your freely share your great ideas with us! I will be using this very soon! Thank you!

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  15. Mei-Ean says:

    Why have I never thought of that??? Brilliant… Now my straws have another purpose in life 🙂

  16. Traci says:

    It’s a solution that seems so obvious now. Good for you for figuring out the secret!!

  17. Heidi says:

    GENIUS. I’ve had this problem many times… Thanks for sharing!

  18. Great idea! More than one batch of my cupcakes and cookies have left the house with a few fingerprints on them. I usually use those ginormous tupperware containers. I found a few of them on clearance a couple of months ago, and they are amazing for this kind of stuff! (or leftovers. Seriously. The only containers I’ve ever found big enough to save OUR leftover soup/stew/pasta!)

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  20. Raquel says:

    I had not figured out any sort of solution to this conundrum! I was always just frustrated. Sometimes I would even transport things without a cover because I didn’t know how to do it. Thank you! What a wonderful thing to share with us! So helpful.

  21. Karen Oliver says:

    Thanks for a great idea. I will use it!

  22. Laurel says:

    You just saved me so much money!! Wow! I always go to the grocery bakery and buy boxes. But I always have straws and wrap! Thanks a million smarty pants! Amazing!

  23. oh my goodness! what an incredible idea. My MIL sticks toothpicks in and then covers with plastic or foil, but i find that NEVER works for me and you end up using like a zillon toothpicks, which just annoys me. This straw idea is pure genius!!

  24. margie s says:

    Also deviled eggs! Whether I am chilling them before dinner or transporting them to another site – thanks.

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