How Do I Freeze An Iced Cake Successfully?

Decorating By jolie1977 Updated 22 Oct 2009 , 12:49pm by cakebaker1957

jolie1977 Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 12:14pm
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I'm sure this topic has already been discussed, so please forgive me, but I couldn't find a thread on it anywhere...

I have a cake due for Saturday. I work during the week, so to make things easier, I thought it might be smart to bake my cakes 1 week prior to the due date, then ice them with buttercream and freeze them until Friday night. My cakes are due Sunday. I'm not sure how to make sure my cakes don't get soggy or bad... Are there specific steps to defrosting a cake successfully? I'm assuming it's better to wait to lay the fondant on the cake after I defrost the cake and not before?

Many questions, I know, but I need your professional advice if you could!

Sincerely,
Joline

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prterrell Posted 19 Oct 2009 , 6:48pm
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Put the iced cake in a cake box. Wrap the cake box in plastic wrap - 2 layers and then 1 layer of aluminum foil.

When defrosting, remove wrapping and take cake out of box. Let thaw at room temp, should be completely thawed and ready to fondant in 1 hour.

jolie1977 Posted 20 Oct 2009 , 3:02pm
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Thank you so much! I really should've experimented with a non-customer cake first, but I haven't had time, so I really truly appreciate your answer. Do most people bake their cakes fresh, a couple days before they're due? What if you have 3 or 4 cakes to decorate? In a couple weeks, this will be my exact situation and it's really worrying me!!!

sophie691 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 1:07am
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thanks for the great tip!

prterrell Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 2:30am
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It depends. Some people bake ahead and freeze routinely, others bake and then decorate. I do both, depending on how much cake I need to bake and how much time I have that week. It definitely won't hurt the cakes to freeze them, in fact, many bakers feel that it makes the cakes more moist.

baker101 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 2:45am
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I freeze all my cakes. I am a busy working mom and i just dont have time to bake and decorate all at the same time. My cakes frequently get compliments on their taste so i dont believe freezing them is hindering the taste any and I still have time for eveything else in life! Its personal preference really.

cakebaker1957 Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 7:32pm
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Originally Posted by prterrell

Put the iced cake in a cake box. Wrap the cake box in plastic wrap - 2 layers and then 1 layer of aluminum foil.

When defrosting, remove wrapping and take cake out of box. Let thaw at room temp, should be completely thawed and ready to fondant in 1 hour.




Sorry to butt in , can you have it fully decorated with all BC and it will be OK, Thanks

zdebssweetsj Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:24pm
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If yur going to apply fondant later I' d just do your crumb coat, then I set mine in the freezer till the icing sets hard then I wrap it in plastic wrap then I bag mine in food safe bags.The day before I'm going to decorate I'll take it out and remove the plastic wrap, set in a cake box and let it defrost in the refridgerator. You will know if its defrosted all the way when you insert the dowel rods. I work a full time job so I do have to freeze mine.

zdebssweetsj Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 8:28pm
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I have frozen fully decorated buttercream cakes, just take special care, that the icing is very firm. I wouldn't reccommend doing this with a cake that has strong colors, the cake will sweat and you could have colors bleed.

prterrell Posted 21 Oct 2009 , 9:24pm
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Originally Posted by cakebaker1957

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Originally Posted by prterrell

Put the iced cake in a cake box. Wrap the cake box in plastic wrap - 2 layers and then 1 layer of aluminum foil.

When defrosting, remove wrapping and take cake out of box. Let thaw at room temp, should be completely thawed and ready to fondant in 1 hour.



Sorry to butt in , can you have it fully decorated with all BC and it will be OK, Thanks




Yes. Absolutely. The top tier of my wedding cake was stored this way. Tasted and looked just as good on our anniv as it did on our wedding day.

cakebaker1957 Posted 22 Oct 2009 , 12:49pm
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Originally Posted by prterrell

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Originally Posted by cakebaker1957

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Originally Posted by prterrell

Put the iced cake in a cake box. Wrap the cake box in plastic wrap - 2 layers and then 1 layer of aluminum foil.

When defrosting, remove wrapping and take cake out of box. Let thaw at room temp, should be completely thawed and ready to fondant in 1 hour.



Sorry to butt in , can you have it fully decorated with all BC and it will be OK, Thanks



Yes. Absolutely. The top tier of my wedding cake was stored this way. Tasted and looked just as good on our anniv as it did on our wedding day.




Thanks, im going to try it I have an extra sheet cake i can use(:

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