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How to store a cake overnight

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Want to store some leftover cake but don’t know how? Welcome to our ultimate guide on how to store a cake overnight. These methods work for any type of cake; layered cakes, tiered cakes, sliced cakes, and frosted and unfrosted cakes too! Here are some of the best methods how to store cake.

How to store a cake overnight

When storing a cake overnight, you need to cover your cake fully to prevent any air and store it at the right temperature. To do this, you can easily wrap your cake in foil or plastic wrap, and place it in an airtight container. Make sure to keep your cake in the refrigerator overnight.

How to store a frosted cake overnight

To store a buttercream cake overnight, use plastic wrap to cover all areas of your cake and store it at room temperature in a container. If your cake is frosted with cream cheese or ganache, make sure to cover it and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge. Covering your cake prevents the air from making it dry.

How to store an unfrosted cake overnight

To store an uniced cake, wrap it with plastic first, and then add another layer of foil or place it in an airtight container. Depending on the room temperature, you may be able to keep your cake out of the refrigerator; if the area is cool. If unsure of the temperature, keep the cake in the refrigerator.

How to store cake layers

Storing cake layers separately prepares you for assembling a future cake. To keep your cake layers fresh, wrap them in a layer of plastic wrap. Then add a layer of foil around each layer, which keeps the air from making them dry. Finally keep them in the fridge if using soon, if not store them in the freezer.

How to store cupcakes

Cupcakes stay freshest when stored separately. Wrap each cupcake tightly with plastic wrap first. Next, wrap them with foil in groups of four, and finally place them in an airtight container. You can store the cupcakes in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and in the freezer for up to 3 months.

How to store a cake without plastic wrap or a container

Depending on whether your cake is frosted or not, you can still store it without a container or plastic wrap. If frosted, use a cake keeper, or an overturned bowl to protect it from dust, hair…etc. For cakes with no frosting, wrap the cake in foil and keep it at room temperature for 3 days, and refrigerated for one week.

How to keep cake fresh

To keep the cake fresh it is important to cover it fully to avoid air and keep it at a good temperature. For doing this you can use plastic wrap, foil, and airtight containers. A moderately cool room temperature is perfect for cake, however for cakes with frosting we recommend using the refrigerator.

Do you need to refrigerate cakes?

It is not necessary to refrigerate cakes all the time. Cakes with frosting are usually the ones that need refrigerating, whereas cakes with no frosting can last up to 4 days at a moderately cool room temperature. Regardless of whether your cake is in the refrigerator or at room temperature, all cakes must be covered fully before storing.

How long can cake sit out unrefrigerated?

If your cake is frosted with buttercream, it will last covered at room temperature for up to four days. However, it is best to refrigerate cakes with other frostings such as cream cheese or ganache. A fully covered unfrosted cake will last for up to 2 days at room temperature.


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17 thoughts on “How to store a cake overnight

  1. David says:

    I kept my cake at room temperature for 2 days and it is now fine. As you mentioned, cakes can be kept out of refrigerator for up to 3 days.

    1. Kourosh Tabandeh says:

      Yes indeed, cakes can be kept at room temperature for 3 days and up to 5 days in the fridge. If you are looking to store it for longer you can always freeze your cake which will last for up to 3 months!

  2. Jack says:

    Hi. Can I store my cake in refrigerator without cover?

    1. Kia says:

      Hi there, while storing your cake without a cover in the refrigerator is possible, we recommend covering it. Covering keeps the cake fresh and prevents it from getting dry

  3. Emily says:

    How can I store iced cake overnight? Could you explain this further?

    1. Kourosh Tabandeh says:

      Hi Jack, sorry for my late reply, you need to keep it in an airtight container

    2. Kia says:

      The best way to store iced cake is to wrap it with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Regardless of how you cover it, keep it in the refrigerator overnight

  4. Nathan says:

    If I keep my cupcakes in the freezer, will their taste change in the future?

    1. Kourosh Tabandeh says:

      Hi Nathan, If you warp them and put them in an air-tight container you can easily keep your cake up to three months without any change in the flavour and taste. I hope it could have helped

  5. Freddy Smith says:

    It is very important to wrap frosted cakes, as you mentioned here. Doing so will help the cake stay fresh.

    1. Kourosh Tabandeh says:

      exactly, it will avoid the freezer humid get into cake

  6. Terre Hubler says:

    I am making a two tiered buttercream cake with strawberry filling. How do I store it after making it?
    Won’t plastic wrap ruin my frosting? I do have a box to transport it in.

    1. Kia says:

      Hi there! For this case, using a box is a perfect idea. With the box however the cake will only stay fresh for 2-3 days maximum, as it is exposed to lots of air.

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