Do You Refrigerate Your Cakes?

Decorating By buggus Updated 11 Sep 2009 , 3:18am by prterrell

buggus Posted 9 Sep 2009 , 11:50pm
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I have a bit of a dilemma. I have limited fridge space at the moment, and generally I don't refrigerate my cakes for long, but like to do it to make them nice and cold for icing, and to also keep regular buttercream from melting.

I have a wedding cake due on Friday, and it looks like I may not be able to refrigerate the cake at all, and am going to be leaving it out at room temp. The cake has a buttercream icing, but it's the crusting type. Do you think it'll be okay??

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indydebi Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 12:02am
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I use a crusting BC and I never refrigerate my cakes.

pattycakesnj Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 12:06am
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Originally Posted by indydebi

I use a crusting BC and I never refrigerate my cakes.

agree, I never refrigerate unless it is cream cheese frosting

buggus Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 2:15am
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Thanks guys. I would think that refrigerating would dry the cake out right? I need to know your honest opinion. As I was also told this information by a professional...and am now wondering if any of the advice I was given was even correct icon_confused.gif

indydebi Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 2:27am
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According to this link on (found via, storing a cake at room temp is best.

Rylan Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 2:37am
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I always refrigerate my cake with no problems.

As long as you are not using perishable fillings and it isn't 100 degrees then you are fine on the counter.

Loucinda Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 1:50pm
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I never refrigerate my cakes either. (nor do I freeze them)

poohsmomma Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 7:03pm
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I freeze after baking, crumb coat while they are still cold. Frost at room temp and keep them at room temp.

jmt1714 Posted 10 Sep 2009 , 7:49pm
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if it is covered or iced, beingin the fridge isn't going to dry it out. the fridge isn't bad, in and of itself. keep in mind health codes in many areas require cakes with butter or other perishable ingredients to be kept cold. but yeah - I also wouldn't worry leaving it out for a couple of days.

JenniferMI Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 2:35am
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As long as nothing in your ingredients require refrigeration, you should be fine. I rarely refrigerate.

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-K8memphis Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 3:11am
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All of the above is of course totally true and I've worked for places that either frige it all or frige nothing. I personally frige everything, plus I freeze my assembled cakes before final icing.

prterrell Posted 11 Sep 2009 , 3:18am
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I only refrigerate cakes with perishable fillings.

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