How to Store a Cake


     

      A cake is not only an art, craft or something fun to do. A cake is a food, and we should never forget that because it's very perishable. I know that when baking a cake, we put a lot of effort and love into it. And we shouldn't waste all that hard work by letting a cake to dry out, or totally melt. So, let me help you out. In this article, I will tell you how to store a cake, accordingly to the type of cake you baked.





     How to store a naked cake?

     Let's start with the easiest type of cake: a naked cake. First, let your cake completely cool on a wired rack. Then cover it tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Don't use a plate, because the wrap will not seal perfectly on your cake.
     You can keep your naked cake like this at room temperature for 2-3 days. If your kitchen is hot or humid, store the cake in the refrigerator. Always make sure that the cake is well wrapped, so it will not absorb other others from the fridge.

     How to store a cake with buttercream or fondant?

     A good icing with buttercream or fondant will actually keep your cake moist. Your cake can stay fresh in a cake keeper, or under a large bowl overturned up to 3 days, at room temperature. Again, if you have a humid or hot kitchen, store the cake in the fridge. 
     If you store your cake in the fridge, you should know that the rapid changes in temperature can cause condensation, and your colors will probably blend. If you can, out the cold cake in an air-conditioned space, before taking it out to room temperature. 

 How to store a cake with cream cheese or whipped cream frosting?

If you have cream cheese or whipped cream in your frosting, you shouldn't leave the cake at room temperature. Keep it in the fridge in a sealed container or with a large overturned bowl on it.
    The same technique applies to cakes that have ganache icing.

       Can you freeze a cake?

     Yes, you can. I understand the struggle of preparing a layered cake in only one afternoon. Baking the cake, letting it cool, decorating it, can take a lot of time. You can bake your cake rounds in advance, and safely store them in the freezer until you have the time to finish the cake
     After baking the cake rounds, let them completely cool. Wrap each cake layer with aluminum foil separately and carefully. You can keep these cake rounds in the freezer up to 4-5 days. 
     Be careful when you take out the cake from the freezer. Make sure it is at room temperature before you start preparing it and decorating it.

     How do you know if you need to refrigerate your cake?

     Most cakes are just fine stored at room temperature for a couple of days. But ...there's always a but! If you live in a warm-weather area, and your kitchen is hot or humid, you should definitely refrigerate your cake.

     Bonus tips:

  • If you are working on a tall or elaborate cake, you should consider storing it in separate layers, and assembling it on the day you will consume it.
  • Even if your cake itself can sit at room temperature for multiple days, don't forget taking into consideration the cake's filling. You need to put the cake in the refrigerator if the filling requires it (like a pudding filling)
  • If your cake refrigerates, take it out 45minutes to an hour before serving and let it sit at room temperature.
  • Always keep your cake out of direct sunlight, even if it's wintertime.

          I really hope that this article will come into handy to you. Storing a cake might feel like an easy thing to do, but you should really follow some guidelines. If you have any tips on how to store a cake, let me know in the comments.
     Don't forget to share these tips with your friends and family!
     Happy Baking!



25 comments :

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  2. I'll keep this in mind. I never want to waste cake! I tend to freeze it and then I can always have some when I want a slice.

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  3. These are all great tips! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  4. What a great idea of storing the cake in the freezer. That way I could have them ready to frost

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  5. I so needed this information! I never know the proper way to store my cake, and I have had some dry out.

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  6. This is a great tip. We go this when we are decorating and what the cake to stay together better. And it doesn't even taste different!

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  7. I love storing my cakes in the freezer, especially right before decorating. It is also nice that it doesn't change the taste.

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  8. We froze our wedding cake and it didn't work. HAHA these are great tips on how to properly store a cake!!

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  9. I've always stored home made cake in the fridge. If bought from a bakery etc it's usually in the pantry but covered over. I've heard of people storing their cakes in the freezer, but mostly only special pieces of cakes i.e wedding cake etc.

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  10. I have teenage boys. There is no need to store cake here--it's gone sooo fast! I will be able to use this info someday, though!

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  11. These are pretty helpful. I love to bake, but I don’t bake a lot of cakes. I will keep these in mind when I do though.

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  12. I love homemade cakes especially those easy ones. I need to make one for Christmas so thanks for inspirations

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  13. Glad to read all these tips.I usually keep the cakes inside without thinking its type.I will start following these tips.

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  14. What an amazing post!Came on time,I recently started baking cakes and Im unable to store them properly!Im going to follow your tips to store my cakes well!

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  15. I love making my food, and my children love cake, so I will surely be trying this out when the opportunity presents itself!

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  16. This is exactly what I was looking for. We are having so many leftovers over the holidays!

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  17. These are great suggestions. I typically store my naked cakes until I'm ready to decorate. I find them easier to work with this way too!

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  18. Well, since I live in hot and humid south Texas, I should pretty much always put my cakes in the refrigerator. I also typically use cream cheese frosting, so even more reason.

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  19. These are such great ideas! I'll be sure to use these next time I'm making a cake!

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  20. Good advice thanks although cakes don’t normally last 3 days in our house!

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  21. This was so helpful! I always worry about storing food at room temperature but sometimes hate how refrigerated cake tastes. Lol.

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  22. Thanks for the tips and suggestions, have had bad experience this christams kept the cakes in fridge and both the cakes were hard after a day could nto eat till they thaw and after they thaw it was different story...! thanks for the tios again it will be helpful for my next cakes...!

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  23. Oh such a good post idea! I really need a cake platter!

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  24. Wow, what a great post and I learn something new today. I didn't know you could freeze cake!

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  25. This is such a useful post - thank you! I am always baking, so it's good to know the best ways to store things I've made!

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