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How to Freeze Cakes and Baked Goods

By: Anna Hinds BA (hons) - Updated: 9 Nov 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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A stash of homemade cakes in the freezer really puts the anxious hostess’s mind at rest. Unexpected visitors? No problem – just whip out a selection of pre-sliced cakes and warm them gently in the oven. In this article we explain how to freeze cakes and baked goods.

What Type of Cakes Can You Freeze?

You CAN freeze:

Fruit cakes and for a surprisingly long time, too. Have you heard of the tradition of freezing a slice of wedding cake to eat at a special occasion? Uniced fruit cakes will, of course, keep in storage for a long time anyway - wrap tightly and put into a tin, and you can store them at room temperature.

Sponge cakes provided they are made with a fat, such as butter or margarine. When the sponge is thawed, it will be a little less light and fluffy than a freshly-cooked sponge.

Cupcakes in fact they freeze perfectly, and because they are in single portions, they are easy to thaw and enjoy.

Scones baked or unbaked will freeze fine. If unbaked, they will need a few extra minutes’ baking time when they come out (from frozen). To accompany your scones, you could also freeze a container of clotted cream (divide it into small portions), which will keep for up to a month.

Cookie dough a very useful shortcut to fresh-baked cookies. Just make your usual cookie recipe and roll half of the dough into a log, chill, and wrap tightly before freezing. Then slice with a knife dipped in boiling water and bake, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time. You can also freeze ready-formed cookies: scoop balls of dough onto a lined baking tray, press lightly, then open-freeze. Shake into bags when they are hard, and they can be baked from frozen.

You CAN’T freeze:

Fat-free cakes or sponges.

Cakes made with single or soured cream, because the cream may separate in the freezer. Double cream must be whipped before being frozen (and used within a month).

Pastry that has already been frozen once. But you can freeze pastry that you have made yourself (of any type).

Packing Cakes for Storing in the Freezer

It is important to pack your cakes correctly before putting them into freezer storage.

  • First, your cake must be completely cool before you even look at the freezer. Allow it to cool on a wire rack, and then transfer it to the fridge to finish cooling down. Putting a warm cake into the freezer will raise its internal temperature and may affect other foods in the freezer.
  • If you are freezing a sponge or other large cake, it is a good idea to slice it before freezing. This enables you to thaw the right number of servings and it also gives a better presentation.
  • Next, you will need to wrap the cake or cakes very tightly in odour-proof wrapping. Clingfilm, greaseproof paper and kitchen foil are all fine (start with a layer of clingfilm). If you have one, an airtight tin or Tupperware box is perfect. This prevents odours from affecting your cakes and preserves moisture.
  • Finally, make sure that your cake is well-supported, so it won’t get squashed by other items in the freezer. Separate layer cakes with cardboard or freeze them (wrapped) in their tins.

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Can I freeze a blackberry cake with icing?
jeff - 9-Nov-18 @ 8:41 PM
I have made buttercake cupcakes with custart powder custard in the middle. Can I freeze them?
ElizaJames - 20-Oct-18 @ 5:02 AM
Biff - Your Question:
How long can I store cupcakes in the fridge

Our Response:
It's not a good idea to store cupcakes in the fridge as they dry out much faster. If they're not iced, they'll store in an airtight container for a few days, or in a freezer for up to 3 months.
StoringAndFreezing - 14-May-18 @ 2:08 PM
How long can I store cupcakes in the fridge
Biff - 14-May-18 @ 10:18 AM
Biff - Your Question:
I'm making lots of cupcakes using the stork recipe would I be able to freeze them as I need to do some in advance

Our Response:
We don't know what the stork recipe is we're sorry. In general however, you can freeze most kinds of cupcakes as long as they have not been iced/decorated.
StoringAndFreezing - 11-May-18 @ 3:46 PM
I'm making lots of cupcakes using the stork recipe would I be able to freeze them as I need to do some in advance
Biff - 10-May-18 @ 6:55 PM
Reader - Your Question:
Is it OK to freeze a ricotta with apple cake?Thanks.

Our Response:
Yes this should be fine in the freezer for up to two months. Follow the procedure in the above article.
StoringAndFreezing - 30-Apr-18 @ 10:33 AM
Is it OK to freeze a ricotta with apple cake? Thanks.
Reader - 28-Apr-18 @ 12:16 AM
Mijoco - Your Question:
I have made a lot of almond slices and cup cakes for a coffee day ( in 10 days ) how long will they stay fresh or do I have to freeze them

Our Response:
You can freeze the almond slices to keep them for up to 3 months. The cupcakes should also freeze well - we're assuming you've iced them with buttercream; wrap them very loosely and freeze until hard, then wrap them more thoroughly as described in the above article.
StoringAndFreezing - 13-Apr-18 @ 10:50 AM
I have made a lot of almond slices and cup cakes for a coffee day( in 10 days ) how long will they stay fresh or do I have to freeze them
Mijoco - 11-Apr-18 @ 4:10 PM
Shell - Your Question:
Hi how do I freeze my husbands birthday cake? its a homemade fully decorated cake with cream and is a black forest cake.

Our Response:
This should be OK, quick freeze it, wrapped loosely in a couple of layers of cling film, then once it's hard, wrap it more solidly or place in a container. Make sure it's used within 3 months.
StoringAndFreezing - 4-Apr-18 @ 12:48 PM
Hi how do I freeze my husbands birthday cake? its a homemade fully decorated cake with cream and is a black forest cake.
Shell - 2-Apr-18 @ 3:50 AM
mel - Your Question:
Hi there. I am making lots of little carrots for my carrot cakes which I am storing in plastic boxes at room temperature, what I would like to know is would my royal icing decorations be ok on the cakes when refrigerated or frozen?

Our Response:
Royal icing figures will keep for a long time in a "breathable" container at room temperature. If you freeze them, the moisture tends to soften them. Fondant toppers can also be stored at room temperature for a reasonable lengthe of time. Some people recommend cardboard rather than plastic so they can "breathe".
StoringAndFreezing - 13-Mar-18 @ 2:37 PM
Hi there. I am making lots of little carrots for my carrot cakes which i am storing in plastic boxes at room temperature, what i would like to know is would my royal icing decorations be ok on the cakes when refrigerated or frozen?
mel - 10-Mar-18 @ 9:58 PM
Nicki - Your Question:
I'm making a chocolate cake with sunflower oil instead of butter or margarine. It's a special birthday cake and need to make a week early. Will it freeze okay ? I intend decoration after defrosting.

Our Response:
Yes this should be fine to freeze for up to 3 months. Be sure to wrap it as advised in the above article.
StoringAndFreezing - 6-Mar-18 @ 3:41 PM
I'm making a chocolate cake with sunflower oil instead of butter or margarine. It's a special birthday cake and need to make a week early. Will it freeze okay ? I intend decoration after defrosting.
Nicki - 5-Mar-18 @ 1:08 PM
SPUD - Your Question:
Hi can you please tell me if you can freeze date & walnut cake & if so for how long??? Also how long does it take to thaw out??

Our Response:
Yes you should be able to freeze a date and walnut cake for up to 6 months.
StoringAndFreezing - 20-Feb-18 @ 11:48 AM
Hi can you please tell me if you can freeze date & walnut cake & if so for how long??? Also how long does it take to thaw out??
SPUD - 15-Feb-18 @ 6:53 PM
Greenfingers - Your Question:
I want to make my grand daughters sponge birthday cake, at least a week before it's needed and will be using butter cream to ice can I freeze it with the butter cream on it?

Our Response:
Yes this is possible assuming you've used actual butter in the icing. Freeze it open until it's firm/frozen-solid, then double wrap it in cling film. Defrost unwrapped so the icing is not subject to condensation.
StoringAndFreezing - 30-Jan-18 @ 10:52 AM
I want to make my grand daughters sponge birthday cake, at least a week before it's needed and will be using butter cream to ice can I freeze it with the butter cream on it?
Greenfingers - 28-Jan-18 @ 7:58 AM
Vally - Your Question:
I made a double cream sponge cake I forgot left it in counter 2 weeks can it still eat if put in fridge

Our Response:
No, a cream cake will not keep that long out of the fridge...you should throw it away.A cream cake will last no longer than a day if kept out of the fridge in a cool place.
StoringAndFreezing - 23-Jan-18 @ 2:19 PM
I made a double cream sponge cake I forgot left it in counter 2 weeks can it still eat if put in fridge
Vally - 22-Jan-18 @ 7:10 PM
Tjane - Your Question:
Can I freeze an orange almond cake? Will it go soggy?

Our Response:
It should be fine to freeze an orange and almond cake. It's already quite a moist bake so freezing it should not impact the texture too much.
StoringAndFreezing - 20-Dec-17 @ 2:57 PM
Can I freeze an orange almond cake? Will it go soggy?
Tjane - 19-Dec-17 @ 11:44 PM
Dragon - Your Question:
Can you freeze fresh cream cakes and buns brought foment the shops Thankyou

Our Response:
The packaging will usually say whether they can be frozen or not if you buy them from a supermarket. If you buy them from a bakers, it's likely that they will freeze relatively well but you should always ask the baker directly about this in case that contain unsuitable ingredients or have been previously frozen.
StoringAndFreezing - 6-Dec-17 @ 3:42 PM
Can you freeze fresh cream cakes and buns brought foment the shops Thankyou
Dragon - 30-Nov-17 @ 5:25 PM
gedida - Your Question:
We have an almond cake made from pure almonds and covered with marzipan and icing. can we freeze this for 12 months?

Our Response:
You can freeze cake made with ground almonds and marzipan also freezes well. Assuming the icing is fondant and not buttercream it should be fine to freeze the whole cake.
StoringAndFreezing - 8-Sep-17 @ 2:18 PM
we have an almond cake made from pure almonds and covered with marzipan andicing.can we freeze this for 12 months?
gedida - 8-Sep-17 @ 8:44 AM
Nin - Your Question:
Can I freeze a sponge cake including glace cherries ?

Our Response:
Yes, cherry sponge will freeze. Simply follow the steps recommended in the above article.
StoringAndFreezing - 5-Sep-17 @ 10:21 AM
Can I freeze a sponge cake including glace cherries ?
Nin - 2-Sep-17 @ 9:38 AM
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