How To Store & Preserve Cake
How To Store & Preserve Cake: Hello there food lovers! Ever wondered how to store or preserve that sweet and delicious cake? You made it for your friend’s birthday, and now you’re confused about how to make it retain its freshness and taste by the following day or if it can even stay up to a week or more.
Well, let’s show you how to preserve a cake in these easy and quick steps below, but first, let’s tackle one important question, Should You Refrigerate Cake?
Well, you should avoid refrigeration in most cases. Unless your cake features perishable materials that could spoil—like cream frosting, fresh fruit, ice cream, mascarpone, or whipped cream—it’s actually better off at room temperature.
Just so you know, the humidity of refrigerators strips cakes of their moisture, leading them to lose their trademark softness. For example, you should refrigerate a pound cake with strawberries and cream cheese frosting, but you will want to store a cake with fondant icing, peanut butter, and pecans outside the fridge.
Cake preservation tips:
1. Check the cake recipe:
Before you decide how to store your cake, you need to know what’s in it first, to settle on the best method. A ganache-covered chocolate cake with buttercream frosting can remain at room temperature, but a cream cake with a fresh fruit filling should stay in the refrigerator.
They are two different things, and you should bear that in mind. The main thing you’re looking for is whether any ingredients are perishable.
2. Fortify with frosting:
Yes, frosting serves as a natural preservative so long as it does not include perishable dairy or fruit materials. Once you cut the cake open, simply cover the sliced edges with more frosting to help it last longer. This is an inside tip, just so you know.
This retains the moisture without you having to resort to plastic or aluminum wrapping. Don’t rely on the bits of frosting inside a layer cake to do the job, though—you must lather the entire exposed area with new frosting.
3. Freeze for longer periods:
Remember that you can always freeze cake if you don’t plan to eat it for a long period of time. If you place an uncut whole cake in the freezer, you can easily get this dessert to last up to three months. Make sure to wrap the cake before putting it in the freezer though.
You don’t need a specifically manufactured cake stand to store your dessert well. Place the cake on a plate or baking sheet, wrap it with aluminum foil, and place an overturned bowl on top of it for a makeshift storage container. This will keep your cake fresh for three to seven days. That buys you some time to enjoy your cake and its freshness.
5. Harden the frosting:
Place your cake in the refrigerator for twenty minutes or so to harden the frosting before you wrap it for storage. Insert toothpicks on the top and sides of the cake so that the wrapping doesn’t touch the frosting itself.
6. Use room temperature:
You can leave out your covered cake overnight without even wrapping it, and it should be fine in the morning. For any amount of time longer than that, make sure to wrap it in something. Rely on room temperature to maximize its shelf life—up to about three to seven days—unless specific ingredients require that it remains refrigerated.
7. Wrap or cover the cake:
Use aluminum foil or plastic wrap to protect your cake if you’re planning to eat it over several days, and you don’t want it to get spoiled. If you choose to place the wrapped cake in an airtight container for added security, make sure to leave a tiny portion open. Protect sheet cakes from dust and other dirty elements fluttering around your kitchen, but they still need air to retain their texture.
There you have it!
Now you can store your cake without the fear of it getting spoilt.