How Long Will A Decorated Cake Stay Fresh?

Decorating By moodswinger Updated 31 Jul 2014 , 7:17pm by thatlittlecakep

moodswinger Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 2:47pm
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Ok, just a few opinions needed.... I decorated a cake on Saturday morning. It's for Monday evening, and my friend is worried that it won't taste fresh.... what do you think????? In my opinion, if it's in a cake box, it will be fine. And the icing is beginning to crust, so won't that help it also??? Thanks for any thoughts!!!!!

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indydebi Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 4:12pm
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Baked daughter's shower cake on THurs for a Sat shower; tasted just fine. I even had a leftoer piece in my refrigerator and ate it on Thurs ..... 7 days old .... tasted as good as ever.

How long does that loaf of bread sit on the grocery shelf and then lay in your pantry before it's eaten? The icing seals the cake just like the bread wrapper seals the loaf of bread.

ASupergirl Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 4:26pm
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.....how long do grocery stores let theirs sit out before someone buys them.....I saw one in a store that was made in March and the sticker said sell by July....ewe......I think three days isn't going to make much of a difference.

SugarBakerz Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 4:34pm
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I've baked cakes tuesday no fridging and they were great by saturday. Duff on Ace of Cakes, bakes his and puts them on those bakers racks with crumb coats and they sit there for days I think... you should be find, just crumb coat at least icon_smile.gif

handymama Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 4:44pm
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Your cake will be fine, with a few exceptions:

If it's red velvet and your weather is warm the color could bleed through.

Fresh fruit in the filling could go bad, but also may be alright.

Other than that, I think a cake that has rested at least 1-2 days tastes BETTER. 4-5 still seems to be good (although I only do this for personal use, not a delivered cake), but after that I don't trust them.

JENNSCAKES90909 Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 4:51pm
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You wouldnt believe how long grocery stores can keep thier cakes.


First they are baked in cardboard boxes. They come in that way. Then the cakes are allowed 90 days in the walk in freezer. 30 days after that in the display freezer, from the display freezer they can put 7 days on them in the refiedgerated cases and 3 days if not refrigerated . after they reach expiration date they can still add another day at markdown price.

Suddenly they dont seem so fresh. And thats not telling how long they sat in the distributors freezer before being shipped to the store...Those mini cupcakes are the same way...

Ironbaker Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 6:19pm
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Ewww. lol

Saturday for a Monday cake will be fine. I agree with HandyMama, there are a couple of exceptions - especially if this is a scratch cake you made. I think you have a bit more leeway if it's a mix because of the preservatives.

countrykittie Posted 1 Jul 2007 , 10:08pm
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If left out on the counter, they will still be fresh many days later. I've even finished off a cake that was almost a week old. As long as any cut pieces are covered with some saran wrap, they will remain fresh...so as someone else said, a few days won't matter. I don't put my cakes, cut or not, in the fridge anymore. I find it dries them out.

mbankes Posted 20 Aug 2013 , 1:45am
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Would you suggest refrigerating the cake or leaving it in a box on the counter?

andreacatanese Posted 31 Jul 2014 , 6:00pm
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Do not refrigerate cake, it will make it very dry.

hbquikcomjamesl Posted 31 Jul 2014 , 7:02pm
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I've been refrigerating cakes (and donuts, and both refrigerating and freezing bread) for decades, and never -- not once -- have any dried out because of the refrigeration. And we typically keep them well over a week -- the last pieces of my Apollo Day cake (baked around lunchtime on July 20th, the 45th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, and decorated that afternoon) tasted quite fresh and moist (albeit cold, but I like my cake chilled) just after midnight, the morning of July 30th.

thatlittlecakep Posted 31 Jul 2014 , 7:17pm
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You wouldnt believe how long grocery stores can keep thier cakes.

First they are baked in cardboard boxes. They come in that way. Then the cakes are allowed 90 days in the walk in freezer. 30 days after that in the display freezer, from the display freezer they can put 7 days on them in the refiedgerated cases and 3 days if not refrigerated . after they reach expiration date they can still add another day at markdown price.

Suddenly they dont seem so fresh. And thats not telling how long they sat in the distributors freezer before being shipped to the store...Those mini cupcakes are the same way...

Wow, I am glad i make my own cakes. A lot of good points on here. I normally make my cakes on a tuesday for friday pick ups, i doncrumb coat after they are cooled though.

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