How to store an unfrosted cake

An awesome, beautifully flavored and properly baked cake can become unappealing if you do not store it properly.

When you start baking earnestly, you will come across instances where you have excess cake. You may need to bake in advance for an event or bake a cake and plan to frost it at a later date. Commonly, you may simply have leftovers that will not be eaten immediately. This could lead you to store it in a fridge, freezer or on your counter. The problem with this is that storing cake can sometimes alter the texture or even flavor of the cake.

To help you overcome this problem, this is a list of ways to store unfrosted cakes while keeping them fresh. For maximum results, store cake while it is still fresh not after it has sat on your table or counter for a few days.

How to store unfrosted cakes

Storing cake batter

If you have made too much cake batter, use it up within 3-6 hours for best results. For the 3-6 hours, make sure the batter Is in the refrigerator. Any longer and you risk the raising agents used becoming ineffective.

Some recipes allow you to freeze the batter in cupcake tins and bake them in the oven immediately. If this is something you prefer, look into frozen muffin batter recipes, these usually make fantastic breakfast items. I prefer using freshly mixed cake batter because it eliminates the fear of baking a poorly risen cake.

Storing Whole unfrosted cake

So you have a whole cake you are not ready to use, what to do? This is something a lot of professional bakers do. First of all, let the cake cool down completely. Wrap it multiple times in cling film and then with tin foil and put it in the fridge or freezer. If you are going to use the cake in a day, store the wrapped cake in the fridge.

For longer storage, keep the cake in the freezer and attach a date tag so you know when you kept it.

Storing leftover cake

For the cake that has already been cut into, if you are not going to use it soon, store it in the freezer. Cut the remaining cake into serving slices as soon as you can and wrap the slices individually in cling film.

If you want to store the leftover cake in the fridge, I recommend putting the cake in an airtight container. This will help to prevent the cake from drying out and from absorbing other smells.

Storing cake on the table or counter

If you have baked a cake that is being eaten, leaving it on the counter is ideal. However, the best way to store a cake on the counter to use a cake plate with a tight-fitting lid. In the absence of this, a plate with a bowl turned over will serve the same purpose. This prevents your cake from drying out and from an insect or ant invasion. Leave cake properly covered on the counter 3-5days.

To defrost cake stored in the freezer, move the cake to the refrigerator to defrost slowly. You can also leave the frozen cake on the counter for a few hours until it comes to the cake comes to room temperature.

Key tips for storing cake

  • Do not leave cake uncovered in the fridge or freezer.
  • Avoid storing cake in a containers used to keep strong smelling foods.
  • Do not keep a hot cake in the fridge/freezer. Especially if you use the fridge or freezers  to store groceries or home meals.
These are my tips for storing unfrosted cakes. If you would like to add a tip to this list, please comment below. I love reading from you.

Some topics in this 'Baking Basic' series are:

No comments

Post a Comment

Professional Blog Designs by pipdig