How long do cakes last in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long do cakes last in the fridge?”, and how to store cakes?

How long do cakes last in the fridge?

On average, cakes last 4 days in the fridge. But the shelf-life varies and depends upon the ingredients used. 

The shelf-life of cakes 

Freezing is a great option for the long-term storage of cakes. It prolongs the shelf-life of frosted cakes upto 12 months. But frozen cakes are best consumed within 3-4 months of storage. Cheesecake and angel cake can be safely frozen for upto 3-4 months. 

Pantry Fridge Freezer 
Past date Past datePast date 
Bakery cake 1-2 days 2-4 days 2-4 months
Cake with fresh fruit 1-2 days 2-4 months 
Cake with whipped cream 1-2 days 
Fruit cake 3-25 years*

Fruit cake has an exceptional shelf-life due to added alcohol and dry fruits. The low moisture content of the fruit cakes keeps them fresh in the fridge for over a year. 

Do not buy cakes that are past their sell-by date. The sell-by date is intended for the retailer and there should be no items displayed on the shelves that are past their sell-by date. 

Cakes past their sell-by date are usually stale. If not, they will speedily go bad once you open the package. 

Different types of cakes and their storage options

Angel cake: This soft textured, vanilla flavor cake can be stored at room temperature after wrapping it with a plastic sheet or putting it in an air-tight container.

Pound cake: The name is attributed to the pound measurements of the eggs, nuts, and flour used during its baking. This sponge cake should be wrapped in plastic or kept in an air-tight container, and stored in the fridge. 

Carrot cake: As the name suggests, carrots are used in the making of carrot cake. Ti is flavored using different spices and nuts may also be added. It often comes with a cream cheese frosting and must always be refrigerated.

Chocolate cake: Chocolate pudding, chocolate chips, unsweetened melted chocolate, and frosting are used in the making of this decadent cake. It can be stored in an air-tight container and safely kept at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Lemon cake: Lemon cakes use ingredients like lemon juice, lemon zest, lemon glaze, or frosting and are often topped with lemon curd or lemon mousse. It is best stored in the fridge after wrapping it with foil or plastic.

Red velvet cake: Red velvet cake gets its red color from the red food color used in its preparation. It will stay fresh for 1-2 days in the fridge.

Spice cake: Spice cake is made using flour, eggs, nuts, and spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, etc, and topped with cream cheese. It is best stored in the fridge after appropriate wrapping.

Easy cake: Easy cakes are supposed to be an easy prep, so, they are made using a ready-made cake mix. Such cakes can be kept at room temperature for 1-2 days. 

Eggless cakes: These also go by the name of vegan, wheat-free, or corn-free cakes and contain no eggs or egg replacers. They last only a day in the fridge. Therefore, your best bet is to freeze them once they have reached room temperature after baking. 

Frosted cake: Frosted cakes have some kind of frosting that contains the perishable ingredient in most cases. So, frosted cakes should always be stored in the fridge. 

Step by step storage of cakes 

Cakes are best consumed within 24 of baking them because they contain fresh and perishable ingredients like fresh fruit, fruit compotes, or fresh dairies like cream, cream cheese, mascarpone, or custard.  If you wish to get the best out of their shelf-life, follow the steps below.

Cover your sponge: Covering your sponges with a frosting acts as a shield and protects the sponge from drying out while in storage. 

Wrapping your cakes: Cut cakes must be covered using cling film on the exposed part or else the sponge will dry out quickly. For room temperature storage, a cake tin lined with greaseproof paper works best for buttercream topped cakes.

Refrigeration: Do not refrigerate cakes with sugar paste, fondant, or food coloring. Generally, Fruit cakes encased in marzipan and icing have the longest shelf-life. 

Freezing: The best practice is to wrap the frosting and sponge separately for freezing. For freezing forced (whole or sliced) cakes, use cling film for wrapping. 

For added protection, cover with foil. Then put the double wrapped cake in an air-tight container or resealable bag. Do not freeze meringue or cream-based icings.


In this article, we answered the question “How long do cakes last in the fridge?”, and how to store cakes?


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