How long does cake last in the fridge?

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

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

How long does cake last in the fridge?

The cake lasts for about 3-4 days in the fridge if stored in an air-tight container at or below 40°F. The shelf life of the cakes varies with the type of toppings or the ingredients that are used to make them. For instance, a buttercream cake lasts for 3-4 days while a cake having cream cheese or cream on them lasts for about 1-2 days when stored properly in the fridge.

Fruit cakes 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.

Moreover, 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.

How long does chocolate cake last in the fridge?

Homemade or store-bought chocolate cake lasts about a week when stored properly in the fridge in an air-tight container or bag at or below  40°F.

You can read how to make a delicious chocolate cake here.

What are the factors that affect the shelf life of a cake?

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

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

What is the optimum temperature to store the cake in the fridge?

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

How long does cake last in the freezer?

The cake lasts for about 3-4 months in the freezer if stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag. Moreover, it is the best practice to store the sponges and the icing individually. In case if you have already frosted the cake, wrap it in the plastic wrap or cling film and afterward store it in an air-tight container in the freezer.

How to thaw the icing of the cake?

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. 

How to tell if the cake has gone bad?

If you feel something sour or even bitter after tasting a bit of your cake then it is the indication that your cake has gone bad. Moreover, if you notice that the frosting of the cake is all watery, it also means that the cake has gone bad. Moreover, if you spot a mold on your cake, or if the fruits present in your cake feels slimy, it also points out that your cake has gone bad.

If you smell something foul or sour while taking a sniff test then it is also an indication that the cake has gone bad.

Last but not least if your frosting has crusted or if your sponges have dried, it means that your cake is past its prime age. In this case, your cake might not have necessarily gone bad but it won’t have the same flavor and mouthfeel. 

How to store cake properly in the fridge?

  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.
  2. Moreover, the cake should be stored away from strong-smelling food items like garlic, onion, fish, etc.
  3. The cake should be stored on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator as it is the coldest part of the refrigerator and has its temperature between 38 °F to 40 °F.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how long does cake last in the fridge” with an in-depth analysis of the shelf life of cake in different conditions. Moreover, we discussed the ways to spot a bad cake and the tips to properly store a cake in the fridge.

Citations

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

https://www.stilltasty.com/fooditems/index/16847

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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.

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