Freezing your cake before frosting it offers numerous benefits. And many professional bakers swear by freezing cake before frosting it. I have also found it to be the way to go.
And in this article you will not only learn why freezing your cake before adding decorations and frosting is the way to go, you will learn the simplest method to ensure your cake turns out moist and delicious.
Why You Should Freeze a Cake Before Frosting
If you have never frozen a cake before adding the icing then you are in for a pleasant surprise!
By taking the time to freeze your cake first, you will have much better results not only in frosting it, but in texture and flavor.
Freezing the cake first will save you a lot of time when frosting. It will allow your cake to hold up to frosting much better. That means your cake will hold it’s shape and be less crumbly when adding frosting and decorations.
You will also find that cakes frozen prior to frosting are much moister than cakes frosted without freezing first.
That means you not only have a cake that is easier to work with, but also a better tasting cake! And that is why most pro bakers always freeze their cakes before frosting.
How to Freeze a Cake Before Frosting
I have seen multiple methods for freezing cakes and some are good and some are just flat out wrong. And when done incorrectly your cake will turn out dry and nobody wants that.
This simple method for freezing cake works every time and it is quick and easy. Just follow these steps every time you make a cake and you will love how it turns out.
Cake freezing steps
- First bake your favorite cake recipe and completely cool it on a wire rack
- Once cooled, wrap your cake in plastic wrap. If making a multi layer cake, wrap each layer individually. Ensure your cake is wrapped completely as we do not want air to get at your cake when in the freezer.
- Now wrap your cake in aluminum foil. Again, if making a multi layer cake, wrap each layer individually.
- Place your cake in freezer safe bags or an airtight container. Get as much air out as possible.
- Place your sealed cake in the back of the freezer.
- Chill in the freezer for at least three hours, but overnight works best if you have the time.
Note: If freezing your cake for an extended period of time, write the date on the package so you don’t forget when you froze your cake.
And there you have it! The simplest method for freezing a cake. Just be certain to properly wrap it and you will have excellent results.
How to Frost a Frozen Cake
Once you are ready to frost your frozen cake simply remove it from the freezer and set it at room temperature for about 5-10 minutes.
Now, unwrap your cake carefully and level your cake if desired. It is important to allow your cake to thaw some before leveling.
Leveling a cake means cutting off the raised top of your cake to create a flat surface to frost.
Now you can start frosting your cake! If frosting a multiple layer cake ensure each layer is level before moving on to frost the next layer.
You can also add a crumb frosting layer if you wish. This will help you keep cake crumbs from showing through your frosting. If you do this, add your crumb frosting layer and then pop your cake back in the freezer for about 15 minutes before finishing your frosting and decorating.
Frosting Frozen Cake FAQ
Should I freeze cake before frosting?
While you do not have to freeze a cake before frosting, it is recommended. Freezing a cake before frosting it will result in a moister cake and it will be easier to decorate and add icing.
Does freezing a cake make it more moist?
While there is some debate about it, most professional bakers agree that freezing a cake before frosting and serving does result in a moister cake.
How do you store a cake before frosting it?
The best way to store a cake before frosting it is by freezing it. The method outlined above is the most effective way to freeze a cake prior to frosting it.
Can you chill cake overnight before frosting?
Yes, you can chill a cake overnight before frosting it. The best method is to wrap your cake in plastic wrap, then tin foil, and then place it in a freezer safe, airtight container before chilling it in the freezer overnight.
Do professional bakers freeze cake?
Yes, many professional bakers freeze their cakes before frosting them. This makes handling the cake during decorating much easier and results in a moister cake.
How do you keep a cake from crumbling when frosting?
The best way to prevent cake from crumbling when frosting is by first freezing it. Then add a crumb frosting layer and freeze again for about 15 minutes before finishing frosting your cake.
Does freezing cake ruin it?
No, in fact freezing cake can make it more moist and easier to work with when frosting and decorating.
How do you thaw out a frozen cake?
Frozen cake should be thawed at room temperature while still wrapped. If you plan to frost your cake, thaw it for no more than 10 minutes before unwrapping and frosting.
Allow your cake to thaw the rest of the way at room temperature before serving.
Can cake layers be frozen?
Yes. Each layer should be individually wrapped in plastic and tinfoil fore being frozen. It is not recommended to freeze the layers together.
How long can I store a cake before icing it?
Frozen cake can be stored for up to 3 months before frosting it. Longer than that and you risk drying out your cake once thawed.
How long should I freeze my cake before frosting?
Freeze your cake for at least 3 hours before frosting. Overnight is best so if you have time overnight freezing is recommended.
How to freeze cake without plastic wrap?
If you do not have plastic wrap, first place your cake in freezer safe bags. Then wrap it in tinfoil and place in another freezer safe bag before placing your cake in the freezer.