How to Store Christmas Cake Once Cut

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “how to store christmas cake once cut?” and provide you with insights on how you can easily and safely refrain from throwing away your christmas delicacies and retain the experience for a period of time.

How to store christmas cake once cut?

You can store the christmas cake for upto six months if you keep it in the freezer and keep the amount that you might want to eat in the refrigerator.

Before you can store your cake, you need to make sure you line the tin properly with a double layer of baking paper. Not only is this integral to the cooking process, but it is also essential for storing. 

Once the cake is baked, allow it to cool in the tin, then remove it without taking off any of the baking paper. This layer of paper acts as a seal that protects the cake to keep it moist.

Wrap it up tight

Once your cake has cooled and has been removed from its tin, carefully wrap it in a double layer of plastic wrap. Make sure this is well sealed, then wrap it in a double layer of foil. 

Place the cake in a well sealed container and store in a dark, cool and dry place. 



Feeding the cake

To keep the cake moist, dark and packed full of flavour, you can ‘feed it’ by applying additional alcohol every month. Simply unwrap the cake, remove the plastic wrap and leave the baking paper intact. 

Using a pastry brush, apply a little of your chosen alcohol over the top of the cake, allowing it to soak in, before firmly wrapping it up again.




Storing an iced cake

The traditional marzipan and fondant icing that is applied to Christmas cakes actually helps preserve them by creating an airtight seal. 

However, the icing needs to be properly applied to the cake on a cake board in order for this to work. 

Once the cake has been iced, don’t store it in an airtight container, or the icing will weep. Rather, place the cake in a cool, dark and dry place and covered in foil.






Freezing the leftovers

If you have leftover slices of Christmas cake, you can freeze them for a later date. Simply wrap them securely in several layers of plastic wrap, place in an airtight container and store in the freezer.

For best results, wrap it well with cling film, then put it in a Ziplock bag or wrap it again with foil and store it in the freezer (usually for up to 6 months, though this depends on the temperature of your freezer).

Fruitcakes are another traditional form of Christmas cakes.


How Long Does Fruitcake Last With Alcohol?

Research. To achieve maximum shelf-life without sacrificing flavor, fruitcake is typically wrapped in a blanket of liquor, literally. 

Depending on your taste and style, you can use anything from brandy, red wine, or most commonly, rum. 

Just keep in mind that adding alcohol does more for the taste and less for keeping the fruitcake from going bad. Really, all the alcohol does is keep mold from growing or problems with the yeast making it go bad. 

It won’t do much about keeping the fruit and/or nuts from going bad. Therefore, you are much better off just sticking to the same shelf-life guidelines for alcoholic fruitcake as you would for virgin varieties.


How Long Does Fruitcake Last Without Alcohol?

Virgin fruitcake is commonly used during the holidays as gifts. There is no alcohol in these recipes because some people dislike the taste alcohol gives it, or maybe it stems from a personal preference. 

A virgin fruitcake at room temperature will still receive up to a month’s worth of shelf life. If stored properly, you may receive a bit of additional time. 

But, I recommend erring on the safe side. To serve the most flavorful cake possible, do not make it too far in advance. Especially if it is of the virgin variety.



Should I Refrigerate Fruitcake?

Fruitcake does not need to be refrigerated as it lasts over a month at room temperature. But, if you have an abundance of cake and don’t want it to go bad, I suggest you store it in your fridge for additional shelf-life. 

In your fridge, fruitcake will keep for almost 6-months. Not to mention that storing your fruitcake in the refrigerator is a breeze.

Other FAQs about Cake that you may be interested in.

Can 2 week olds eat cake?

Can a fondant cake go in the fridge?

Can an iced cake go in the fridge?


In this brief article, we answered the question, “how to store christmas cake once cut?” and provided you with insights on how you can easily and safely refrain from throwing away your christmas delicacies and retain the experience for a period of time.