How long can a cake last in the fridge?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how long can a cake last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of different types of cakes in the fridge. Moreover, we are going to discuss tips to properly store cake.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How long can a cake last in the fridge?

The shelf life of the cakes varies with the type of toppings or the ingredients that are used to make them. Generally, a spongy cake lasts for about 3-4 days in the fridge if stored in an air-tight container at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. 

A cake with buttercream or ganache topping lasts for 3-4 days while a cake having cream cheese, cream, or custard on it lasts for about 1-2 days when stored properly in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, cake with fresh fruits lasts for about 1-2 days when stored properly in the fridge.

The freshly baked chocolate cake lasts about a week when stored properly in the fridge in an air-tight container or bag at or below  40 degrees Fahrenheit while it can last for about 1-2 days when stored at room temperature. 

Fruit cakes or cakes with marzipan have a long shelf life if kept in the fridge in an air-tight container. They tend to preserve their flavor and quality for a long time.

It is worth mentioning that you should store the cake with an air-tight lid on it, to prevent it from picking up the smells of other food items present in the fridge.

The storage conditions in which the cake is kept also affect its shelf life, therefore care should be taken in this regard. 

You should always store your cake at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge. Bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore, it is always advised to store cake at a lower temperature to preserve its freshness and quality for a long time.

If you want to further prolong the shelf life of your cake, you can store it in the freezer as a properly stored cake can last for about 4 months or more in the freezer.

It is worth mentioning that the figures mentioned above are the estimated shelf life of different types of cakes.

Factors affecting the shelf life of cake

There are a variety of factors that affect the shelf life of the cake.

  1. The presence or absence of icing/frosting
  1. The type of icing/ frosting
  1. The sell-by date on the cake (in case of store-bought cake)
  1. The preparation method of the cake and the ingredients used to make the cake
  1. The storage conditions (Temperature, humidity, etc.)

Tips to properly store cake

  1. The cake can pick up odors therefore it should be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. Moreover, the air-tight container will also ensure that air won’t find its way to your cake, thereby preserving its freshness for a long time.
  1. Moreover, the cake should be stored away from strong-smelling food items like garlic, onion, fish, etc.
  1. The cake should be stored on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator as it is the coldest part of the refrigerator and has a temperature between 38 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  1. In case you want to freeze your cake, what you can do is cut the cake into pieces, and wrap them separately in cling film. Now put these wrapped pieces in a plastic freezer bag and label the bag. Afterward, put the plastic freezer bag in the freezer. 
  1. It is better to store the sponge cake and the icing individually. 
  1. The frozen cake can be thawed easily by leaving them in the fridge overnight. Moreover what you can do is to remove the cling film or the plastic freezer bag in which you initially stored the sponge cake. 
  1. If you have frozen the icing of the cake separately then it is recommended to thaw your icing by leaving it in the fridge overnight. Afterward, bring it to room temperature before using it. So once your thawed icing reaches room temperature, re-whip it by using a hand whisk or an electric whisk to get that fluffy icing again.
  1. If you have already frosted the cake, and want to store the whole cream cake in the freezer then what you can do is place the cake on the cake platter and add a cake topper to it. Afterward, take a large plastic freezer bag and store the cake in it. Seal it and place it in the freezer. 

You can read how to make fruit cake here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long can a cake last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of different types of cakes in the fridge. Moreover, we discussed tips to properly store cake.

Citations

https://hummingbirdbakery.com/blogs/hummingbird-bakery-blog/cake-storage-tips

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.