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baking ahead/decorating cupcakes (timing question)?

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My son's birthday party is on a Saturday, but his actual birthday is the day before on Friday.

I am planning on making cupcakes, mini cupcakes and a 6 inch cutting cake. Can I bake on Wednesday, decorate on Thursday and serve on Saturday afternoon or will the cupcakes and cake be stale. The cupcakes will be in buttercream (piped fur for the sesame street characters) and the cake will be fondant.

I did not want to be cake decorating on Friday so that we could have a fun day with my son, but if it's best to decorate on Friday I will adjust my plans accordingly.

TIA
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I would bake and decorate on Thursday. If not, I would bake ahead and freeze the cupcakes.

To freeze cupcakes: let them cool (in the pans) then place pans in freezer for about an hour, remove from pan and place in ziploc bag, letting as much air out as possible.

To thaw: remove from ziploc bags and thaw in cardboard box. DO NOT leave cupcakes in ziplocs or tightly sealed or the tops will get gooey.
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