Can You Ice A Frozen Cake?

Decorating By potatocakes Updated 26 Apr 2013 , 10:43pm by The Cake Shoppe

potatocakes Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 4:36pm
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I baked a 12x18 sheet cake last night for a birthday party on Saturday, wrapped it and froze it. I plan on icing and decorating probably Friday night/Saturday morning. Can I do this straight from the freezer (if I start Friday night) and it would be completely thawed by Saturday (party is at 2:00)? Or will the process of the cake thawing mess up the icing somehow? Thanks for any help! icon_smile.gif

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meme Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 4:44pm
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I have always heard it has to thaw first because the icing will crack.

traci Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 4:45pm
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Hi! I would advise that you wait until the cake has defrosted. The condensation might mess up your icing. That is what I have always been told! Good luck with your cake! icon_smile.gif
traci

debsuewoo Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 5:07pm
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take it out of the freeer Friday morning and you'll be just fine.

Debbi

potatocakes Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 5:19pm
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Thanks everyone! I'll take it out before I leave for work Friday morning and plan to frost it that evening. icon_smile.gif

TamiAZ Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 5:25pm
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I know some people who swear that icing a cake frozen will cause blow-outs... I always ice my cakes after they have thawed and I have never had a problem with blow outs. It might depend on the weather in your area.

potatocakes Posted 18 Aug 2005 , 8:10pm
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One more question.....I forgot to put a simple syrup on the cake before I froze it. Can I do that after it's defrosted? Or do you think it will be fine without it? I used Pillsbury Dark Chocolate cake mix. Also, what recipe should I use for simple syrup? Thanks!

beachcakes Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:29am
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potatocakes, if you used a box mix, you won't need a simple syrup. Scratch cakes are generally dryer than miixes and you need a simple syrup for them. Also, freezing adds a little moisture. One tip for you is to defrost the cakes with the wrappers still on. This way the condensation builds on the wrapper and not your cake.

Niki027 Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 2:33am
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I always do a simple syrup after it's thawed. I'd think that adding a syrup, freezing, and then thawing would alter the texture or crumb some how.

leily Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 9:00am
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Sorry I missed this post earlier tonight. The following is what I posted on another topic about freezing cakes. It has always worked for me when I need to ice frozen.

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Another tip:
If you can't wait for a frozen cake to thaw before you frost it. A tip i received and have used a few times. Board your frozen cake and poke your flower nail into the cake many times through out the cake. Than you can decorate while it is frozen.

Now the reasoning I got for this is as follows: If you ice a frozen cake with buttercream, the icing will get very cold-almost freezing. Then as the cake thaws out so does the frosting. When things freeze the shrink, when thaw out they expand. Well the cake will expand but there is not enough icing there to expand with it and then the icing can crack-very common. However poking a lot of small holes in the cake gives it room to expand without moving the buttercream with it, this creates less of a chance of cracking.

However still good practice to just wait 20-30 mins for your cake to thaw-in my opinion.

I hope this helped and didn't confuse anyone. It is a little hard for me to explain, although it makes a little bit of sense to me.

Leily


potatocakes Posted 19 Aug 2005 , 1:45pm
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Thanks everyone for all your suggestions! Wouldn't you know it -- I'm halfway to work this morning and all of a sudden I remember that I didn't set the cake out to thaw! So I was happy to see leily's response as I was so worried about the cake messing up if I ice it frozen. I'll set it out as soon as I get home, and hopefully by the time I get the icing made up and another cake mixed and in the oven (for my sister's birthday tomorrow), then the cake will be thawed enough to ice without any damage. Thanks again! I love the helpful advice I always get here at CC! icon_biggrin.gif

brittney159 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 6:31pm
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hello i am baking a cake tommrow and freze it for about 5 hours them taking it out and filling and icing it would i be able to place my fondant letters and boarder on the cake while frozen also if i was to fill and ice the cake while froxen and i decided to cover it all in foundant could i while its frozen?

brittney159 Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 6:55pm
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Ahello i am baking a cake tommrow and freze it for about 5 hours them taking it out and filling and icing it would i be able to place my fondant letters and boarder on the cake while frozen also if i was to fill and ice the cake while froxen and i decided to cover it all in foundant could i while its frozen?

The Cake Shoppe Posted 26 Apr 2013 , 10:43pm
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I always crumb-coat my cakes while they are frozen.  Especially bigger cakes, because handling them if they aren't solid can be suuuuuuch a disaster! ;-).  Then, pop them in the fridge to finish thawing. I will put the finish on (final coat and smoothing) after they have completely thawed.

And honestly, in time crunches, I have worked with everthing frozen.  As long as it mostly un-thaws in the fridge (as opposed to room-temp), I don't get cracks. 

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