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Old 02-21-2002, 04:35 AM   #1
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Refrigerating cakes - Is it ok?

Hi all,

I was bored so made a couple of cakes. It's going to take us a week (or two!) to eat them. So, the question is "how do I keep them fresh?" I heard that some people try refrigerating their cakes, but does this actually keep them fresher? I read one article that said it makes them become stale quicker - so now I'm really confused :confused:

Look forward to your help.


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Old 02-21-2002, 06:11 AM   #2
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Mo, this is a "no easy answere" question! If you've made a boxed mix cake.. it will probably dry out pretty fast in the 'frige unless it's in an airtight container. It has so much sugar in it you can probably keep it well covered at cool room temp. for up to 3 days. Probably the best way to preserve cake, in my experience, is to slice off what you can eat in a few days and freeze the rest. Be sure to wrap it well before freezing. Let it thaw, still tightly wrapped, overnight at room temp. and it should be at least 90% fresh.

Carrot and apple cakes are much more moist and can survive refrigeration (again, well covered.. 'fridges are dry places) for up to a week. The really fruity moist cakes don't freeze that well.. maybe I should say that they don't THAW that well.. they can get soggy while thawing.

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Old 02-25-2002, 11:02 PM   #3
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cakes in the freezer

Hi there. I often do a big bake and put the cakes into the freezer. I make a big oven tray of banana cake - cut it into four - wrap each cake (when cool) in plastic wrap then tin foil and put them in the freezer - for as long as needed. When I want to eat them I just bring them out - take off the tin foil leaving on the plastic wrap - pop them into the microwave for a minute or two and they come up fresh as the day I made them. Then while they are in the microwave I make the icing to have ready to ice and serve and my family/guests think I have just whipped up a cake for them - well I did - but a few weeks before they arrived!! picassoboyz.
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Old 03-06-2002, 10:17 AM   #4
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I have had cakes stay fresh for up to two weeks if covered. I do have a beautiful, old fashion covered cake stand, but thee are inexpensive plastic ones out there as well, and plastic wrap will work, just so long as you make sure to recover each time you cut a slice.

I have a cabinet in my kitchen which I have dedicated to being a "pie safe." In Victorian times, this was a cabanet with shelves that had perforations in the sides for ventelation that was used to store your pies and cakes in.
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:45 AM   #5
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Breads or cakes will stale quickest in the refrigerator. However, they will keep for months if wrapped good (to seal out air) and frozen. If storing at room temp, make sure the cake is in an airtight container, and it should last for a week or two. :)
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