A gadget that's icing on the cupcake

Cupcake Courier saves the frosting on cupcakes during transport.

Once I realized I could bake, the gift-giving holidays changed completely--never to be the same again. I have a big immediate family, so for several years it was only them who got to be on the receiving end of my gift budget, while roommates, school friends, and colleagues got a verbal wish for a happy holiday. If I really liked them, maybe they would get a candy cane. It wasn't that I didn't care; it was that after the sisters and brothers, I just couldn't afford it.

Then, one year, in the wake of my first successful attempts at making cakes and pies in my college kitchen, I decided to give out individually wrapped banana breads and pound cakes. They were an instant success, and earned me the reputation of being a thoughtful friend--all for the cost of some flour, sugar, and plastic wrap.

Bringing the sweet gifts around with me proved to be the most difficult part of the process, and after the schlepping and hauling they often ended up resembling iced paperweights. Anything more elaborate (like cupcakes, pies, or cannoli) would have become unrecognizable, embarrassing messes.

So, you can imagine why someone like me would be super excited about this cupcake courier. It's a simple idea, but an ingenious one--its multilevel-carrying space holds cupcakes apart, so you can carry them to work, to school, or to a birthday party without worrying that they'll smack into each other, ruining your beautiful icing. It carries a stack of cupcakes three levels high (a dozen cupcakes per level), which is plenty for a full classroom or office breakroom, and more than enough to spread some homemade holiday goodness.

The Cupcake Courier is available for about $30, but with all the money you'll save replacing your usual gifts with cupcakes, it'll pay for itself after a batch or two.

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