Last Updated on January 2, 2023
So, how to store a buttercream cake? Whether you are throwing a birthday party or graduation celebration, cakes are a wonderful dessert for the occasion. However, before you get baking, you will want to know how to keep buttercream frosting refrigerated.
To have the best cake possible, proper storage is key. This will help keep your cake fresh and delicious for as long as possible. Buttercream cakes need to be stored in the right environment for the frosting and cake to stay delicious.
How To Store A Cake With Buttercream Frosting
Does buttercream cake need to be refrigerated? To prevent your buttercream cake from drying out and becoming stale, you must keep it properly stored. Otherwise, your cake will go bad in just a couple of days.
Most buttercream cakes can be kept at room temperature for 2-3 days in an airtight container. It should be kept away from sunlight, as heat can cause the buttercream frosting to melt. In addition, you also want to avoid storing it in a humid environment, as that could affect the texture of the cake and buttercream.
To extend how long your cake is good for, you can keep it in the fridge for 5-7 days in an airtight container. If you live in a warm environment, where your kitchen temperature is above 75 degrees Fahrenheit, you should keep your cake refrigerated. When ready to serve, bring the cake to room temperature for the best results.
Buttercream cakes should be kept in a cake stand with a cover, a large Tupperware container, or even covered tightly in plastic wrap. Keeping a buttercream cake out with no covering will cause the frosting to crust and the cake to dry up. It is important to always keep your cake covered when not storing it.
Leftover buttercream frosting can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Allow the frosting to reach room temperature before using.
Cakes decorated with store-bought buttercream can typically last longer than ones with homemade buttercream. Cakes with store-bought buttercream can last for 3-4 days at room temperature. In the fridge, they can last for a week.
Any leftover canned frosting can be stored in the fridge for two weeks. Allow it to reach room temperature before use.
Storing Buttercream Cakes With Fillings
Custards, fresh fruit, and jams make delicious fillings in cakes. When your cake contains a filling that is perishable, such as custard, fresh fruit, or jam, it needs to be kept refrigerated.
Cakes with fillings should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. It is important to keep any perishable fillings refrigerated when not serving.
Freezing Buttercream Cakes
Buttercream cakes can also be frozen for around six months. Though it is often easier to freeze a cake without frosting, you can still freeze a frosted cake. Freezing a cake is a great way to prepare in advance if you have a busy schedule.
To freeze a frosted cake, place the cake uncovered in the fridge for one hour. This will allow the frosting to freeze, so it won’t accidentally get smeared when covering it. This is an important step if your cake has piped decorations or writing on it.
After an hour, take your cake out of the fridge. Cover it in plastic wrap, making sure it is entirely covered. After that, cover your cake with aluminum foil and return it to the freezer. Alternatively, you can place it in an airtight container after covering it with plastic wrap.
Make sure to place your cake level in the freezer and avoid putting other things on top or too close to it. You don’t want to risk your cake getting squished in the freezer.
When you are ready to serve your cake, allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature for two hours. Any leftovers should be kept covered in the fridge for up to five days.
Do You Have to Refrigerate a Cake With Cool Whip Frosting?
Before we decide whether Cool Whip frosting, we need to look at the ingredients. The main ingredients in Cool Whip frosting are water, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oil, skim milk, and light cream. Cool Whip products contain dairy, so it is always best to store them in the fridge.
Once the frosting has been opened and placed on a cake, the cake must be refrigerated and then eaten within 2-3 days for best results. If not refrigerated, the frosting will begin to spoil after around 2 hours at room temperature. If you have any Cool Whip frosting leftover from decorating your cake, you can place it back in the fridge and it’ll last anywhere from 1-2 weeks. It’s always best to check the appearance and smell if you’re unsure whether the frosting is still okay to consume.
Can I Freeze a Cake With Whipped Cream Frosting?
Frostings such as cream cheese or American buttercream will usually freeze just fine. However, this is not the case when it comes to whipped cream frosting. I have always found that whipped cream frosting does not freeze well. The taste can be altered massively, as can the texture. Whether it’s a cake, cream pie, or even something filled with custard or pudding, it’s always best to refrigerate instead. When a cake with whipped cream frosting begins to thaw out, it can make your cake soggy and inedible.
Can Cake With Seven Minute Frosting be Frozen?
As seven-minute frosting usually contains egg whites, it is always best to store it in the refrigerator so that it doesn’t spoil. It shouldn’t be left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature. Unfortunately, this particular frosting should not be frozen and it is not recommended. Putting this frosting in the freezer can dry it out, and then when you thaw at room temperature, your cake may become soggy. You don’t want the texture (or taste) of your cake to be altered, so it’s always best to keep the frosting in the fridge if you want the tastiest frosting.
Can You Freeze Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting?
You absolutely can! Cream cheese frosting freezes well, as does American buttercream. This cake should freeze with no problem and still be just as delicious once it’s thawed. To make your banana cake, you’ll need 2/3 cup of shortening, 1-1 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 large eggs, 4 mashed bananas, 1 cup of milk, 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. For the cream cheese frosting, you’ll need 1 packet of softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup of butter, 4 cups of confectioners’ sugar, a dash of salt, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
- Now all you need to do is gather the ingredients you need and preheat your oven to 350F.
- You’ll also need to grease a baking pan before you begin.
- Grab a bowl and add the shortening and sugar.
- Cream together for around 6 minutes; or until it becomes light and fluffy.
- Add the egg yolks individually and place the egg whites on one side.
- With your shortening, add the bananas and milk; mix well.
- In a separate bowl, mix your baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour, and then add to your shortening mixture.
- Mix your bowl of egg whites until peaks begin to form.
- You can then fold them into your batter and pour the batter into your baking pan.
- Bake in the center of your oven for around 30 minutes and then leave to cool.
- In the meantime, add your cream cheese and butter to a bowl and mix together until fluffy.
- Next, add your sugar, salt, and vanilla and mix well until smooth.
- Add frosting to your cooled-down cake and place it in the refrigerator.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Properly Storing Your Cake With Buttercream Frosting
Cakes are great to serve at any celebration, as they are a delicious dessert everyone loves. However, for your cake to taste great, you must properly store it. This will prevent your cake from drying out and stop the buttercream from becoming crusty.
Most cakes decorated with buttercream frosting can be stored covered at room temperature for 2-3 days. In addition, they can be stored in the fridge for a week and in the freezer for six months.
Do you have any questions on how to store a buttercream cake? If so, please ask them in the comments down below.
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