Can You Freeze Fruit Cake?

So you’ve got fruit cake leftover? Perhaps a family member was kind enough to bake you a cake but there’s only so much you can eat before it begins to dry out and go stale…

Can you freeze fruit cake? The simple answer is yes! That’s good news. But don’t worry, before you think the bad news is incoming then hold that thought because the process of freezing your fruit cake is also really straightforward.

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 fruit cake:

How To Freeze Fruit Cake

If you want to successfully and efficiently freeze your fruit cake then here is what you need to do:

  1. Remove Decorations
    Firstly, remove any inedible decorations from your cake such as ribbons, bows or ornaments that may be on your cake. You don’t want to freeze your cake with these decorations.
  2. Protect Your Cake
    Wrap your cake in a layer of clingfilm. This will protect the cake from any odours in the freezer. To be doubly sure, add a layer of foil on top of the clingfilm to further protect it.
  3. Freeze
    Place it in the freezer and that’s all there is to it.

Can You Freeze Iced Fruit Cake?

You can – but the process is a little more long-winded. If you follow the instructions above for freezing fruit cake, you’ll find that the clingfilm sticks to the iced layer and you’ll struggle to thaw it without ripping the clingfilm or pulling the icing off your cake. No one wants to be left chewing on plastic!

So, instead, before you wrap the cake in clingfilm you’ll want to flash freeze it. This will harden the top to avoid it sticking to the clingfilm. You simply need to place it in the freezer on a tray for just an hour or so until the outside of the icing has frozen solid.

How Long Can You Freeze Fruit Cake?

Fruit cake will last for a good 3 to 4 months in the freezer. Beyond this point, it will still be perfectly safe to eat in most cases but the texture can begin to degrade and there’s a risk that air will seep into the wrap and impact your fruit cake.

You Can Freeze Fruit Cake for Around 3-4 Months

How Do You Defrost Fruit Cake?

When it comes to defrosting, there’s no magic trick or kitchen hack, unfortunately. It’s a case of taking it out of the freezer and either leaving it on the worktop for 4 hours or so or placing it in the fridge to thaw overnight.

Don’t try to speed the thawing up by heating it up in the oven as you’ll enjoy up overcooking the outer edge while waiting for the centre of the cake to thaw completely.

Can You Refreeze Fruit Cake?

This is not something we would recommend. If you’re concerned that you won’t eat all the fruit cake when you defrost it then portion it and freeze it that way. The process is very similar to that outlined above:

First, cut your cake into wedges. The wedge could be the size of one portion or enough to feed three. Wrap each wedge in a layer of clingfilm followed by a layer of foil and then freeze. You can store these wedges in a large container or freezer bag so they don’t get buried in your freezer drawers.

Does Fruit Cake Freeze Well?

It does! Fortunately, the majority of cakes (provided they don’t contain much in the way of cream) will freeze well and fruit cake is no exception. What’s more impressive is that it really doesn’t take too much effort to freeze.

Other Questions about Fruit Cake

Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to fruit cake – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about fruit 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 Christmas Cake?

As the name suggests, Christmas cake is a fruit cake popular at Christmas. It’s iced with royal icing and marzipan. You already know that the fruit cake element will freeze well as we have discussed above but what about the icing and marzipan. The good news is that, yes, you can freeze Christmas cake because both the thick icing and marzipan will actually freeze pretty well.

With looser, runnier icing, there is a risk that it becomes somewhat grainy when it is frozen and thawed – but this doesn’t seem to be the case when it comes to thicker royal icing.

Can You Freeze Simnel Cake?

Again, you can. Simnel cake is essentially the same as Christmas cake but traditionally eaten at Easter. The same method and exceptions apply to simnel cake. Just make sure you remove any decorations before you freeze it.

You will also find that the traditional marzipan balls do not freeze well at all. You may want to remove these when freezing it and then add them fresh after defrosting it using the method above.

Can You Freeze Simnel Cake

Quick Summary

You can freeze fruit cake, Christmas cake, simnel cake and any other cake made with dried fruit. When freezing any cake, your main focus should be on keeping it airtight so ensure you wrap it in multiple layers of either clingfilm or foil.

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