How To Store A Cake Overnight

Red velvet cake

Well done! You baked a cake! You can eat it all right now, but if you want to save some for later and don’t know how; we’ve got the right answer for you. 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 on how to store a cake overnight.

But first, Do I Need To Refrigerate My Cake?

A lot of the time, the answer is no. Most cakes are perfectly fine at room temperature for up to three days. Refrigeration is needed if your kitchen is hot throughout the day, your cake won’t be served for another three days, or the cake has a fresh fruit filling or topping, or whipped cream frosting.

If you do decide to refrigerate, wrap the unfrosted cakes or cupcakes in plastic to keep them from absorbing any weird fridge smells and to stop them from drying out; then unwrap them to warm on the counter before serving. For frosted cakes, chill the cake uncovered for 15 minutes, then wrap it in plastic wrap.

cupcakes in container

Tip: Buttercream frosting lasts the longest outside the fridge!

How To Store Cake Layers

When storing your cake layers cover them in glad wrap making sure all of the cakes surface from top to side and bottom is covered. If you don’t have glad wrap, an alternative is zip lock bags; normal plastic bags can’t work because they don’t seal %100 of the air out. At room temperature, these cakes will last a week before they start to go stale on you (oiled cakes last 1-2 days longer than butter based ones). However, freezing cakes works for up to 3 months! This works for cupcakes too!

How To Store A Frosted Cake

Frosting is like a protective barrier for the cake, so theres no need to wrap frosted cakes in plastic. However, cover your cake with a cake keeper or an upside down bowl to keep it safe from dust, hair and other things that are in the air. A frosted cake lasts 5-6 days at at both room temperature and in the fridge.

Vanilla Cake

The Best Way To Store Cut Cake

As soon as you make the first cut, the moisture starts to escape making the cake stake quicker. There are two solutions to this problem. The first method is to cover the cut with frosting which might not work in some situations which is why the second method is to cover both sides of the cut with glad wrap. Cut cakes last a little shorter, being up to 4 days.

Now that you know how to store a cake overnight and even longer, its time to get to work!

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