How to Store Christmas Cake After Baking

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how to store christmas cake after baking?” and provide you with insights on how you can enjoy the traditional christmas cakes not once but for a longer period of time.

How to store christmas cake after baking?

You can store christmas cake by tightly wrapping it up to make sure there is no air passageway, and putting it in the freezer and taking it out when needed.

In general, you can store Fruitcake at room temperature for one month, refrigerator for six months, or store it in the freezer for up to a year.

To ensure you have a nice, moist fruitcake

Take a muslin/cheesecloth soaked in rum, brandy or fruit juice Wrap the cake well with this liquor/fruit soaked cheesecloth. Cover the wrapped cake in aluminum foil.

Do not let the aluminum touch the cake directly. The acid in the liquor will corrode the foil and affect the flavor of the cake. Place the cake in an airtight plastic box. Make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight.

The liquor/juice soaked muslin/cheesecloth can be refreshed every month to ensure a moist fruit cake. Place an apple in the box with the fruitcake to help keep moisture.

Extended Length storage – to store for more than a year. Cover the alcohol-soaked fruit cake in powdered sugar, then in plastic and then in an airtight container.

What exactly is a fruitcake?

Most fruitcake recipes include dried nuts, dried fruit, and “candied” fruit or peel (meaning the fruit has been both dried and preserved in sugar). [Note: not all fruitcakes are made this way, see the safety note below.]

Research. The U.S. The Department of Agriculture says that fruitcake will last two to three months in the refrigerator without spoiling, and will maintain its quality if stored up to a year in the freezer. 

But it’s a federal agency’s job to think of the worst-case scenario. Could fruitcakes really last longer?

All of these dried and candied ingredients have what we call ‘low water activity,’ meaning they have very little moisture available.

Low water activity is important because many microorganisms, including foodborne illness-causing bacteria, need moisture in order to reproduce.

In practical terms, this makes most fruitcakes extremely shelf stable, so they would be safe to eat for a long time. But it might taste pretty bad.

That is because a lot of things can significantly affect the quality of the fruitcake. For example, mold could grow on the surface of a fruitcake, or yeast could cause some of the sugars in the fruitcake to ferment.

But some people wrap their fruitcakes in linen that has been soaked in rum or other spirits to reduce the chance of mold or yeast problems.

However, rancidity may still be an issue. Fruitcakes contain a variety of proteins, from eggs to butter to nuts, even the fruit items. 

And when proteins are exposed to air, they can become oxidized, which can create rancid flavors and odors. So, while you may be able to save that fruitcake forever, you should probably eat it now.

Safety Note: If a fruitcake has a significant amount of moisture (e.g., if it was made with fresh fruit) it is more likely to spoil or to give pathogens enough moisture to reproduce. 

In other words, it could make you sick if not kept refrigerated and eaten relatively quickly.

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In this brief article, we answered the question, “how to store christmas cake after baking?” and provided you with insights on how you can enjoy the traditional christmas cakes not once but for a longer period of time.