How Long Does Cake Last in the Fridge?
As long as a cake does not contain perishable ingredients that spoil quickly such as fresh fruit, cream frosting or custard fillings, the best place for it is at room temperature – although they can last slightly longer in the fridge!
Airtight containers can help preserve cakes longer by keeping their moisture intact, so here are a few tips for prolonging their shelf life in the refrigerator:
1. Keep it in an airtight container
Cake can easily spoil within days depending on its ingredients, how well it was stored, environmental factors like temperature and humidity as well as storage tips that you follow; but following a few easy tips may extend its shelf life significantly.
An airtight container is the best way to keep cakes fresh. From plastic wrap, foil or freezer bags – with their airtight seal – can keep cakes protected from moisture while preventing them from picking up any unpleasant odors from other foods in your fridge. Ideally, cakes should be stored at the back of the freezer where temperatures are most stable.
Unfrosted whole cakes can keep for several days in the refrigerator; however, frosted or glazed ones should be stored elsewhere, away from heat and direct sunlight. A few pieces can even be useful in creating breakfast or brunch recipes such as French Toast, Bread Pudding or Pancakes!
How long frosted or glazed cakes last in the refrigerator will depend on their ingredients. Buttercream cakes, for instance, may quickly spoil if they contain eggs or milk and should only be kept refrigerated for 3-4 days at most.
Fruit fillings or toppings do not fare well in the freezer as they will spoil faster than cakes without such ingredients. They can still be defrosted at room temperature before freezing; for optimal results it is wise to double wrap them in plastic wrap and foil beforehand.
If you have leftover cake that has gone stale, why not turn it into no-bake cookies or strawberry shortcake? Both these dishes taste amazing when made with old cake! Slices can also be used to bake cupcakes or decorate other cakes; just remember not to use stale slices as toppings as their texture won’t be as pleasant.
2. Store it in the freezer
Cake can last two to seven days in the fridge, but can last much longer if stored frozen. This is particularly important if it contains fresh dairy ingredients such as cream frosting, custard or fruit fillings that tend to spoil faster when exposed to bacteria in the fridge.
To properly freeze a cake, it’s recommended to use either a cake container with lid that ensures frosting does not get damaged during storage, or an insulated freezer bag which helps the cake maintain moisture retention and prevent it from drying out. When using Ziploc bags or similar solutions for freezing cake storage, be sure to remove as much air from them before sealing tightly; alternatively you could wrap them in aluminum foil if desired.
Before enjoying your frozen cake, it’s essential that it be properly defrosted. After defrosting, ideally within 24 hours for optimal flavor and texture. If you don’t have a cake container handy, freezing small slices in small freezer bags or keeping the entire thing inside your refrigerator for several hours might speed up its thawing time more rapidly.
For optimal results, place any cake with nonperishable frosting – like buttercream or ganache – in the freezer to extend its shelf life and retain its delicious taste for at least a week or more. This ensures it stays delicious!
If you have a larger cake that doesn’t feature frosting or icing, it should keep in the refrigerator for four days if stored properly in plastic or Ziploc bag – this ensures it does not absorb refrigerator odors or lose moisture!
To be certain the cake hasn’t gone bad, look out for signs of mold or texture change. If a cake has turned bad and should be discarded immediately as eating spoiled food can lead to illness resulting in fever, chills and cramps – see here for tips on how long a cake should remain fresh in the refrigerator.
3. Keep it at room temperature
Average cake can typically last five days at room temperature without losing texture or flavor, however if you plan to store it longer it is wiser to place it in the freezer instead as this will ensure its shelf-life remains maximized while keeping its moistness and retainment of shape intact.
When it comes to cake storage, the key pointer is keeping it tightly wrapped in cling film or another airtight container. This will prevent moisture absorption by the refrigerator and drying out of your treat. In warm or humid environments, however, storing in the fridge may help your treat stay fresher longer.
If you are uncertain whether your cake has gone stale, try sniffing and tasting to determine whether it has a strong odor and has lost its texture. If any dark spots or mushiness is apparent, this could indicate spoilage and should be discarded immediately as eating spoiled food can lead to health complications like fever, chills and cramps as well as food poisoning if it contains mycotoxins – toxic substances produced by fungi – in which case mycotoxins should also be avoided at all costs.
Storage times vary for whole cakes that haven’t been frosted – usually three or four days at room temperature before their frosting starts to lose texture and go bad; in the fridge however they could last up to seven days with proper wrapping or an airtight container, while also protecting it from absorbing odors from other food in your fridge.
4. Use it up
General rules dictate that cakes with fillings and frostings tend to last longer in the refrigerator than those without, though this largely depends on the ingredients that comprise it. Cream filling cakes such as Boston Cream Pie and Cheesecake tend to go bad quickly in cold environments like refrigerators; thus it is recommended they should be eaten within three to five days after refrigeration for optimal quality.
Cakes without cream fillings often last seven days in the fridge when stored properly, provided they are well wrapped and stored in an airtight container to protect from spoilage. Furthermore, it’s essential to regularly inspect them for signs of mold growth or an unpleasant texture – and discard if any such symptoms appear.
Frosted cakes can typically be stored in the freezer for three months without any complications; however, to prevent freezer burn and the contamination with other items stored in your freezer by food odors from other items stored near it. Furthermore, before serving it at room temperature or as soon as it thaws completely it must be allowed to reach room temperature first before being refrozen again.
As a general guideline, most cakes can be safely kept in the refrigerator for four or five days after being refrigerated; however, their shelf life depends on its ingredients and filling. Cakes featuring custard fillings such as custard, cream cheese or fruit typically lose flavor and texture faster than those without; therefore it is recommended that these types of treats should be enjoyed within three to five days after refrigeration for optimal flavor and texture experience.