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How to Freeze Cakes and Baked Goods

By: Anna Hinds BA (hons) - Updated: 3 Jul 2017 | 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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I made a mounds cake and I want to freeze it if I can. Please advise and I had trouble cutting a slice. Is there a trick to this? It is a three layer delicious cake. what is the best wrap to do this? Also, can I freeze the leftover cream of coconut? Thank you, Brenda
gigi - 3-Jul-17 @ 6:05 AM
I have a v busy week with a lot of guests coming and going....can I freeze Mary Berry's chocolate orange tart....it is a custard base and is cooked. I only want to freeze it for a few days. Thank you so much for your help. P
Pammy - 21-May-17 @ 12:15 PM
I just made a huge 4 tier cake and have left over layers of chocolate sponge, I would like to use this sponge next month and crumble for cake pops, what's the best way of doing this, crumb it first and place in zip lock bag or leave as 2 layer cakes? ??
MelW - 14-May-17 @ 3:43 PM
Rebecca- Your Question:
I have made a Birthday cake and I want to freeze the sponge to save time on the day. How long can I freeze it for? and any other tips with be great thanks

Our Response:
You can freeze the sponge for up to 3 months if it's not iced.
StoringAndFreezing - 2-May-17 @ 12:40 PM
I have made a Birthday cake and I want to freeze the sponge to save time on the day. How long can I freeze it for? and any other tips with be great thanks
Rebecca - 1-May-17 @ 3:30 PM
Mimi - Your Question:
I have two large birthday cakes with traditional icing on and jam and sweet vanilla buttercream in centre. Will it freeze?How do I wrap it in freezer and for how long?R

Our Response:
If it's fondant covered you should be able to freeze it for around a month. Wrap it in several layers of cling film followed by a layer of aluminium foil. When you take it out, leave it wrapped until it's defrosted.
StoringAndFreezing - 5-Apr-17 @ 2:17 PM
I have two large birthday cakes with traditional icing on and jam and sweet vanilla buttercream in centre. Will it freeze? How do I wrap it in freezer and for how long?R
Mimi - 2-Apr-17 @ 10:03 AM
Clare - Your Question:
Can I freeze almond and orange cake with liquid sype over the top

Our Response:
yes this should be fine to freeze.
StoringAndFreezing - 21-Apr-16 @ 1:55 PM
Can I freeze almond and orange cake with liquid sype over the top
Clare - 20-Apr-16 @ 4:03 PM
@pickle. You can but you'd be better to freeze the scones and cream separately. Make sure it's double cream. Jam keeps for quite a long time so you would't need to freeze it.
StoringAndFreezing - 13-May-15 @ 2:13 PM
@Bird - people do freeze the entire cake but it's better to make the carrot cake and freeze it separately (i.e without the icing and filling). Follow the procedure in the article.
StoringAndFreezing - 12-May-15 @ 9:51 AM
I want to bake a carrot cake with mascarpone filling/icing for a birthday which is not for another two months.Would it be alright to bake it, fill and ice it and put in the freezer?Will it be ok, full assembled, after 2 months in the freezer? Thanks, and look forward to hearing from you! Kind regards Diana
Bird - 12-May-15 @ 9:30 AM
Can I freeze scones made with double cream and strawberries
pickle - 8-May-15 @ 9:30 PM
@JJ. It's generally unsafe to re-freeze any product once it's defrosted.
StoringAndFreezing - 15-Apr-15 @ 2:07 PM
Can I re-freeze un-iced cupcakes which have been defrosted for 5 hrs?
JJ - 14-Apr-15 @ 3:30 PM
@linda. yes as a long as you follow all the packing/wrapping informationabove before freezing it should be find to freeze a banana cake/loaf.
StoringAndFreezing - 18-Mar-15 @ 2:13 PM
I am made cake for fun weekend in May if I made banana cake now wil ok for May .
Linda - 16-Mar-15 @ 3:33 PM
@Babs. Yes as long as it was double cream and was whipped this should be fine. Follow the advice on this site regarding correct wrapping of this type of food before freezing.
StoringAndFreezing - 12-Feb-15 @ 11:52 AM
I made a fresh double cream sponge sandwich yesterday. Can I cut it into slices and freeze it . The double cream was whipped and spread into the middle ofthe sponge sandwich. If I can, how long can I keep it in the freezer. Advice please.
Babs - 9-Feb-15 @ 4:30 PM
What is the ideal temperaturebefore wrapping a cake for freezing?
Indah - 1-May-13 @ 7:24 PM
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