How Long Can You Keep Cake in the Fridge? Tips For Preserving Cake

For the love of cake or due to a forthcoming ceremony, you may want to know if it’s possible to bake your cake for days, weeks, or even months ahead and have it preserved. Of course, most foods can be preserved through refrigeration but how long cake can stay in the fridge without getting stale is one question you will need answers to.

There are different types of cakes with different recipes, frosting, and toppings. It can therefore be confusing to know if you should refrigerate cakes with cream cheese frosting, or buttercream toppings and how many they can last in the fridge.

This article talks about the different types of cake and how long to keep them in the fridge, how long you can freeze them, and the ways by which you can freeze them.

How Long Can Cake Last Outside the Fridge?

Before we consider how long a cake can last in the fridge, it will help to know how much it will last at room temperature. Most freshly baked cakes can last up to three to four days at room temperature. After then, it will begin to lose its moisture and dry out.

Let’s take a look at how each type of cake performs at room temperature:

1. Fondant, buttercream icing, and Ganache

Cakes covered with fondant, buttercream icing, and Ganache can last up to four days in a room with a stable temperature. Basically, when baking these sorts of cakes, you’d frost with layers of icing. That way air isn’t able to penetrate into the sponge, thereby sealing the moisture.

You only need to ensure that it is well-frosted, kept on a cake stand, and covered properly to prevent it from dusting.

2. Cream cheese frosting

Cakes with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting should not be kept at room temperature if you’re not ready to serve them immediately. They are really unstable in warm weather, so exposing them to any form of heat will make your sponge lose its moisture and dry off.

Instead, you should put them directly in the fridge once it cools off after baking. Carrot cake and red velvet cake fall into this category.

3. Sponge cake

Whether it’s a Chiffon, Genoise, or other variety of sponge cake, it can last up to 3 or 4 days at room temperature. But ensure to seal it in an airtight container to prevent air from penetrating it. If it is exposed to air and loses moisture, it becomes dry and hardens which is not good for cakes.

SEE: How to Cool Angel Food Cake Without a Glass Bottle

4. Cakes with fruit filling

Cakes with fruit filling may melt easily at room temperature, so it is best that you put them directly in the fridge to cool. To ensure that the fruit filling maintains its flavor and to prevent it from absorbing the smell from the fridge, simply cover the cake and put it in an airtight container.

How Long Will Cake Last in the Fridge?

Now that you can tell how long your cake will last outside the fridge, it is crucial to know how many days cakes can stay in the fridge without getting stale.

Without further ado, let’s consider them one after the other:

1. Cream cheese frosting

If you’re planning to frost your cake with cream cheese, it is best that you’re ready to devour it straightaway for at most 2 days. This is because cakes with cream cheese frosting cannot go for more than 2 days in the fridge.

Do not forget also, that cream cheese is really unstable at room temperature and shouldn’t be allowed to stay out for long. So, the highest you should refrigerate your carrot cake or chocolate cake with cream frosting is 2 days. After that, take it out to cool at room temperature for a few minutes and serve.

2. Buttercream, Ganache, and Fondant

As with room temperature, cakes with buttercream, ganache topping, and fondant will last between 4 days to a week in the fridge. Simply cover it with a cake keeper or upside bowl and store it in the fridge.

3. Sponge cake

Although it is best that you frost your sponge cake completely to prevent it from losing moisture due to exposure to air. You can cover it with a plastic wrap and put it in an airtight container before putting it in the fridge. This way it can stay up to 3 days in the fridge without losing its moisture and drying out.

SEE: How Long Can Cake Sit Out Before It Goes Bad

How Long Can Cake Last in the Freezer?

When it comes to freezing your cakes and how long it will last frozen, it all boils down to the icing used. Some common icing for cakes and the process include:

1. Fondant, Butter cream, and Ganache

Interestingly, fondant, buttercream, and Ganache can last up to four months in the freezer. All you need to do is to first put the cake in the fridge to cool and set it slowly to prevent the icing from snapping off.

After that, cover the cake tightly with a plastic wrap, transfer it to an airtight container, and place it in the freezer.

SEE: Fresh Cream vs Whipping Cream

2. Cream cheese frosting

Cakes with cream cheese frosting shouldn’t be put in the freezer due to their unstable texture. If at all you need to freeze cakes with cream cheese filling, simply take the frosting out and freeze the sponge alone. You can then frost it with fresh whipped cream or cream cheese when you’re ready to serve it.

SEE: Is a Bagel With Cream Cheese Healthy

How To Unfreeze Cakes

Now you’re ready to devour your cakes after months of freezing, but you’re not sure how to go about it. To unfreeze a cake, simply take it out of the freezer and allow it to unfreeze all by itself.

This may take a while but it is the best option for you. The same process applies if you wish to decorate your sponge cake after unfreezing. You can add a splash of milk and whip on cakes with frosting to make the frost fluffy after unfreezing. 

SEE: Can You Melt Frosting for Cake Pops Without Ruining It

FAQs

Does cake go bad in the fridge?

Yes. Cake can go bad in the fridge because it loses moisture over time.

How long can you keep a cake in the fridge before decorating?

You can keep sponge cake in the fridge for at most 3 days but ensure that it is covered and put in an airtight container.

How long can you keep cake batter in the fridge?

Cake batter can last up to two days in the fridge and three months if frozen.

SEE: How You Can Freeze Cake Batter to Extend Its Shelf Life

Should cakes with cream cheese toppings be refrigerated?

No. Do not attempt to freeze cakes with cream cheese toppings at all because it has an unstable texture.

Conclusion

This article has done justice to the topic and you should now know how long you can keep your cake in the fridge, outside the fridge, or in the freezer.

To sum it up, remember that cakes with buttercream frosting cannot be refrigerated. Also, they shouldn’t be kept at room temperature, or for more than 2 days in the fridge. So your best bet is to bake it if you’re ready to serve it immediately.

Fondant, buttercream, and ganache on the other hand can last longer, so these are best if you’re looking to keep the cake for a while.

That said, if your cake is cut, moisture will escape from it and it will stale faster. So, you should cover exposed edges with frosting or cover tightly with a plastic wrap. Nonetheless, this reduces its ability to last by a day or two.

Finally, I will advise that you read the article on how long it takes to bake a cake from scratch also.

I hope this article was helpful. Thanks for reading.