Cake is everyone’s favourite treat, whether that’s on birthdays, special occasions or just because you fancy a tasty treat! It’s a common misconception that cake has to be baked fresh just before you need it if you really want to enjoy it as its best. You can save yourself a lot of time and stress by freezing cake beforehand and just grabbing it out of the freezer when you need it. That’s right, you can freeze cake!
As you can probably appreciate though, cake comes in such a variety of forms that it’s not as simple as saying yes you can freeze it and bunging it into the freezer. There are a few rules, tips and caveats to consider and we’ve gone through all of these down below.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing cake:
How To Freeze Cake
For a special occasion, the best way to freeze cake is to freeze the sponge after it has cooled, undecorated and in separate layers. Then it is ready for whenever you need. Then you can just grab it out of the freezer, defrost and then ice it ready for the special day.
Freezing a cake is fairly easy but you do need to make sure you keep it airtight or it will end up freezer burnt and a little stale or worse, soggy! Just follow these easy steps and you will soon have frozen cake ready to use. These steps will work for any plan or flavoured sponge:
- Bake and let the cake cool completely.
- Next, you need to wrap it completely, making sure it’s airtight. The best way to do this is to double layer it with cling film. If you have more than one cake layer you need to wrap each layer separately. You’ll want to construct your cake after defrosting it.
- Add another layer, but this time aluminium foil so that your cake is now wrapped in a triple layer. This will further protect it from both oxidation and other odours that may be lingering in your freezer.
- Add a label and the date. Don’t forget to label with the type of cake so you know which one to pull out of the freezer when you need it.
- Pop into the freezer and freeze it.
Can You Freeze Cake With Icing?
If you are really feeling the pressure with a looming special occasion you can freeze a cake already iced, although you will want to just do the base layers of icing and do the decoration fresh. This is to make sure you don’t ruin any fragile decor in the freezer. Some even find that icing a cake before freezing helps to protect it from drying out.
- Once you have baked and iced your cake, pop it onto a baking sheet and put it flat into the top of a freezer or on a shelf where it will remain upright.
- Let it freeze until the icing is completely frozen and then take it back out of the freezer.
- Wrap the cake in a double layer of cling film and then add another layer of tin foil.
- Label the cake and pop it back into the freezer.
Can You Freeze Fruit Cake?
Fruit cake is one of the better types of cakes to freeze as this type of cake is less likely to dry out than sponges. You’ll often soak your dried fruit in water, juice or tea and this can really help the freezing process. When you freeze a fruit cake is down to your personal preference. Some prefer to freeze it as soon as it is cooled whereas others like to allow the fruits in the cake to mature for a couple of weeks before freezing. Either option will work.
Freezing a fruit cake is as easy as any other type of cake so let’s dive in! Here’s a quick summary of how to freeze fruit cake:
- Double wrap your cake in cling film.
- Wrap again in tin foil
- Label and pop it into the freezer.
If you want to know more about freezing fruit cake then we’ve actually written a complete guide which covers freezing, thawing and best practices when it comes to fruit cake. Check out our freezing fruit cake guide.
Can You Freeze Chiffon Cake?
As with other types of cake, you can absolutely freeze chiffon cake. Although, you do need to take care as a chiffon cake is a lovely light cake but this can lead it to be a little more delicate than other sponges. The freezing process will often ruin this unique light texture so it’s not the best cake to freeze.
However, as long as you are careful then you can freeze a cake using the methods outlined above.
How Long Can You Freeze Cake?
Most types of cake can be kept safely in the freezer for about two months. For sponge cakes, you don’t want to keep them frozen too long or you do risk deterioration and potentially the cake drying out and tasting stale.
You can get away with freezing a fruit cake for a little longer than this and you can freeze it for up to twelve months. Perfect to freeze leftover Christmas or wedding cake for a tasty treat whenever you need it!
You Can Freeze Cake for Around 2 Months
How Do You Defrost Cake?
The best way to defrost a cake is slowly and to then let it come to room temperature slowly. Cake can have a delicate structure and you need to be careful that you don’t end up with a soggy mess or a dry cake that is inedible.
Take your cake out of the freezer a day before you need it and let it defrost in the fridge overnight. Then the next day, take it out of the freezer and pop it onto the kitchen side so it can come up to room temperature slowly before decorating.
Can You Refreeze Cake?
No, you can’t refreeze cake once you have thawed it out. Every time you freeze and thaw foods the structure changes and it deteriorates. Do this more than once and your cake could easily become a soggy mess – not to mention that it isn’t recommended to refreeze any food type.
Does Cake Freeze Well?
This is one of those questions where the answer is both yes and no at the same time! On the whole freezing cake is absolutely fine and your guests won’t notice that it is a cake that has been frozen but there is no doubt about it the best type of cake is freshly baked and iced cake and freezing will take a little texture and taste away.
Other Questions about Cake
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to cake – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about cake then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
Can You Freeze Carrot Cake?
Yes, you can! The good news is that the method outlined above for freezing cake works for pretty much any and every cake, regardless of the contents. Try to follow the tips and tricks we have used above, including when it comes to thawing, to successfully freeze both carrot cake and other types of cake.
Can You Freeze Cake Batter?
Yes, freezing cake batter is actually a great idea. What we recommend doing is freezing in portions in freezer bags. When you seal it up, make sure you remove as much air as possible. When you want to use it, thaw in the fridge overnight then the next day, snip a corner off the bag and use it as a piping bag. Just pipe the batter into your cupcake tray and bake as you normally would.