Wondering how to freeze cakes? In this post we share all the tips and tricks to perfectly freeze cakes every single time!
A fancy frosted cake is the soul of every event!
If you are a baker, you might bake the cake beforehand and proceed with the decoration later to prevent any rush.
However, in such cases, there are chances the quality of the cake might degrade. Hence, most people resort to freezing the cake every time.
Let’s get into more details about how you can freeze your cake and preserve its freshness for more prolonged durations!
Can you freeze cake?
Yes. You can freeze normal to high-fat cakes with no hindrances. The fat content (milk and oil) keeps the cake soft and moist for longer durations.
The quality, taste, and smell will remain completely fresh if frozen for up to 3 months.
However, if you are preparing lean cakes like chiffon cakes, freezing is not the most suitable option. In that case, you need to bake it fresh every time!
How to freeze unfrosted cakes [Step by Step]
Freezing a cake is quick and easy. Here is a detailed step-by-step on how you can freeze your cake.
Step 1: Keep the cake on a flat surface. Start by wrapping the cake with the plastic or press and seal wraps slowly.
Step 2: Note down the details of the cake on the aluminum foil, and wrap it lightly on the cake to help you distinguish correctly when multiple cakes are frozen together. Also, remember to write down the date on which you are freezing it.
Step 3: Place the cake in a freezer-safe container to prevent freezer burns.
Step 4: Take the wrapped cake to the freezer.
How to freeze frosted cakes [Step by Step]
The process to freeze frosted and unfrosted cakes is very similar. However if you are planning to freeze a decorated frosted cake there’s a little thing you should do before.
Start by placing your full cake in the freezer for 2 hours. You want the frosting and. decorations to be completely frozen before wrapping the cake. That way the decor remains intact.
After the buttercream is frozen you can tightly wrap them in plastic wrap and follow the same steps with the unfrosted cake.
FAQs about freezing cakes
Do I need to level my cakes before freezing?
No. Levelling is the process of trimming the upper portion of the cake before decorating. To prevent freezer burns on the cake, it is wise that you level your cake the next day.
Can I directly add the hot baked cake into the freezer?
No. Let the cake cool before you place it into the freezer. If you wrap a warm cake, it would soak the excess moisture and make the cake soggy.
What is the average time required to thaw the cake completely?
You need to thaw your cake for at least 8 to 24 hours in the refrigerator before proceeding to the decoration process.
How many layers of plastic wraps are necessary for freezing the cake?
If you are freezing your cake for three days or less, a single layer of plastic wrap is sufficient.
Suppose you are going to leave it longer. In that case, it is preferable to cover it with more layers of plastic wrap to avoid possible freezer burns.
Implements and equipment you need to freeze cakes
To freeze cakes correctly, you will need:
- Press and Seal wrap or plastic wrap
- Aluminum foil (optional)
How to thaw a cake?
Thawing cakes is very simple and easy! First, you need to transfer your wrapped cake into the refrigerator from the freezer a day before decorating or serving it. This way, the temperature will gradually neutralize, and the cake will remain just as fresh as new!
Which cakes freeze better
You can freeze cakes like carrot cake, banana bread, pumpkin cake, pound cake, chocolate cake, birthday cake, and wedding cakes.
Cupcakes freeze well too, and you can read about how to freeze cupcakes here.
Avoid freezing pavlovas, cakes filled with whipped cream, or any cake with meringue, such as meringue pie.