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There is no doubt that you put a lot of time and energy into baking cakes. Whether a chocolate cake for a birthday or a pineapple cake for an anniversary, you have worked hard for the perfect finish.
A baking cake can be art, passion, or hobby, but more than anything else, the cake is food, and all food items are perishable.
To keep it fresh for quite a long time, you will need a few strategies to protect from heat –
Don’t Store Cake in the Refrigerator –
The most important tip is to not consider the refrigerator as your friend when it comes to cakes. In case you are used to keeping everything in the fridge, then you must change this concept. Because of the refrigerator, the cake stales faster.
This is due to the starch molecules in the flour, which absorbs water when the batter is baked, and then the cake will start to cool. The cake molecules recrystallize, harden, forcing the water to come out of the cake’s surface.
Cutting a long story short, keeping the cake in the refrigerator, this process causes to occur faster. Hence, do not refrigerate your cakes. They stale quickly in the fridge.
Store Cake for 1 to 3 Days –
In case you are planning to store your cake for a maximum of 3 days after baking, the best thing is to keep it at room temperature.
The cake should be away from heat and direct sunlight. If your cake is in a box, you can leave it in that box. And in case you are planning to eat it within 24 hours, you can keep the cake in the box only.
If you want to store your cake for longer hours, you can leave it in the box and wrap it with a plastic wrap. This will help the cake in not drying out for three days.
If your cake is not a box, an acrylic cake lid will come in handy. Put your cake on a plate, cover it with a lid, and store it on the counter for up to three days. You can also a cloth on top of that.
Another option is to use the plastic cake storage container, which is a two-piece affair consisting of a tray on which cake rests and has a dome. They are great for transporting and are readily available.
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How to Freeze Cakes –
If you want to store your cake for more than three days, you can freeze it. Unlike storing the fridge, freezing a cake is a beautiful way to keep it fresh.
If your cake is in a box, wrap the box in two layers of plastic wrap and store in the freezer. You can freeze a cake with frosting and in a tight container.
When you want to serve, remove the cake from the freezer and let it be on the counter. The frosting might look old, but the refrigerated cake is better than the one kept at room temperature.
A freezer is an ideal place if you have baked a cake and want to store it for a few days. Cool the individual layers, double wrap them in plastic and store them in the freezer, where they can be kept for several weeks, for up to two to three months.
You can take the layers out of the freezer and frost and decorate. Let them stay out for 20 to 30 minutes before you start working on it. It becomes much more comfortable to decorate and foster. They are easier to trim, and they don’t shed as many crumbs into the frosting.
When to refrigerate a cake?
Usually, cakes are frosted, unfrosted, cut, or uncut, but they are excellent for several days if properly stored at room temperature. Now the question is when you should consider refrigerating the cake? If you live in the deep South and your kitchen stays hot and humid during the summers, then it is advised to cover your cake and refrigerate it.
If you made a cake that won’t be served for a few days, cover and refrigerate your cake. If your cake includes, fresh fruit or topping, or has a frosting with whipped cream, cover it until you are ready to serve.
Do you think these tips are helpful? How do you store your cake? Do let us know.