Can You Freeze Buttercream? How?


Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Buttercream?

Yes, you can freeze buttercream frosting! As long as it is frozen securely in freezer-safe containers with tight-fitting lids that are sealed in such a way to make the container completely airtight and watertight and cut off all exposure to the buttercream, it should keep just fine in the freezer for up to 3 months, no matter the recipe or ingredients used.

Whether it be because you have a ton of buttercream leftover from a party or if you have made some from beforehand to save time and energy later, freezing it is a great idea to store it without compromising on its quality.

The thawing process is also fairly simple.

So don’t let the buttercream go to waste! Read this guide sourced from time-tested experience and hours’ worth of research, for step-by-step instructions and all the tricks and hacks you need to know about freezing buttercream frosting.

What to Note and Do Before Freezing Buttercream

It is not challenging at all to make the perfect buttercream for frosting for your cakes, cupcakes and more. If you would like a refresher, feel free to consult.

Too freeze buttercream, however, there are some things you need to know first.

Know that you should go ahead with freezing buttercream only if you have no plans of using it up within a week. If you would like to store it anyway, go ahead!

If defrosted correctly, freezing buttercream does not affect its creaminess or texture in any way.

Also know that it is best to freeze buttercream only when it is completely fresh, otherwise it may not freeze well.

The other thing to ensure is, when storing in the freezer, keep your buttercream away from fragrant foods like meat or fish.

If the buttercream fats absorb those odors and flavors, your buttercream may get ruined and unusable.

Can You Freeze Buttercream?

Can You Freeze Buttercream?

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • Large, airtight, freezer friendly, preferably glass container
  • Sturdy spoon


Freezing buttercream is a fairly simple process that does not take too much time or effort. All you require is a large, airtight, freezer friendly, preferably glass container that can be sealed off securely.

    1. Put Buttercream Inside Container - Using a sturdy spoon or ladle, carefully transfer all of your buttercream frosting into the freezer container.
    2. Seal Carefully - We really cannot understate the importance of sealing off the lid of the container tightly and securely.

      Make sure the container is totally airtight and watertight. Remember any exposure to air or moisture within your freezer can completely ruin your buttercream.
    3. Label and Freeze - Once sealed properly, label your container with the date so that there are no mishaps when it comes to consuming the buttercream within the advised time period.

How to Freeze Cake Decorated with Buttercream Frosting

Time Taken: 8-9 hours

What You Need:

  • Baking tray
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil

If you have already fully decorated your cake with buttercream and are now wondering if you can freeze the entire cake, the answer is yes!

Most Cakes Freeze Quite Well

Especially the decorated ones as the frosting helps in preserving the cake better.

Moreover, the buttercream also insulates the cake.

Your cake will stay moister when frozen after being frosted. The freezing process is also a cakewalk (pardon the pun!)

Bake the Cake in Layers as you Would, and Allow to Cool Completely

It is really important that you allow the cake to cool down completely before you get to freezing it.

Place your Cake on a Baking Tray and Flash-Freeze in the Freezer

Once it is cool enough, put your cake on a baking tray. A cookie tray would also do.

Then put the baking tray inside the freezer, and flash-freeze your cake for at least 5 to 6 hours. To be safe, you can even flash-freeze overnight.

Wrap in Plastic Wrap, and then Aluminum Foil

Once your cake has frozen hard, wrap it securely first in plastic wrap, and then another layer in aluminum foil.

Make sure it was completely and securely wrapped with no part of the surface exposed. It is ready to freeze!

Your cake can be frozen for up to 2 to even 3 months.

How Long Can You Freeze Buttercream?

When kept securely in the freezer, buttercream can stay good for up to 2 or 3 months.

However, it is advisable to consume it as soon as possible from freezing it considering how, the longer you freeze, the greater will be the changes to its texture, color and even taste.

The small changes that come about when freezing anyway can eventually be fixed without too much hassle.

But to avoid irreversible changes in your buttercream that render it unusable, use up your buttercream at the earliest.

How to Store Frozen Buttercream?

Buttercream is best frozen in a container.

But you can also use a jar, or even a resealable freezer bag – as long as they are sealed tightly and do not allow any exposure to air or moisture.

How to Defrost Frozen Buttercream?

Leave it to thaw in the fridge overnight.

This is highly recommended. Once the buttercream has defrosted completely and is closest to room temperature, re-whip it into shape to make it nice and fluffy again.

Then, you can start using it by putting it inside a piping bag or however you want.

If you are in a hurry, you can also thaw it on the kitchen counter, but this is not too highly recommended as it may compromise the quality and flavor.

Can You Re-freeze Frozen Buttercream?

It is not recommended to re-freeze frozen buttercream.

To freeze it once, defrost and thaw, and then again go through the same all over again, would take a toll on the texture, consistency, and even the taste of the buttercream.

The end product you will get after refreezing the buttercream would be inedible; with a grainy, gritty unappetizing texture.

Does Buttercream Freeze Well?

Buttercream actually freezes really well. Whatever changes that happen during freezing are practically negligible.

Practically speaking, there should only be minimal differences between fresh and frozen buttercream.

Whatever small changes in consistency, for example the texture becoming a little grainy or crystallized, can be fixed after whipping vigorously after thawing.


Should I freeze my cake and buttercream separately or freeze my buttercream decorated cake directly?

It is actually advisable to freeze your cake and your buttercream separately. That way, you can fix the consistency issues in your buttercream by whipping it.

This won’t be possible in case of a cake that has already been decorated with the buttercream.

Can I use airtight freezer bags instead of a container to freeze my buttercream in?

Yes, you can use freezer bags, jars, any kind of bottles to freeze your buttercream in, as long as it is freezer friendly, and can be secured tightly to make completely airtight and watertight.

Can I freeze colored buttercream?

Yes, absolutely. Follow the same process and instructions given here; carefully secure in an airtight container, and thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Whip vigorously before using. Any kind of buttercream can be frozen in this same way.

Can I freeze buttercream cupcakes?

Yes, you can freeze any kind of cakes or cupcakes made with buttercream! Follow the same process and instructions given here to freeze the cake. Be sure to flash-freeze properly before freezing and freeze securely in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

Can I freeze French buttercream?

Yes, you can freeze any kind of buttercream. Just make sure it is stored in an airtight container with no exposure to any air or moisture, and be sure to thaw properly overnight in the fridge.

Bottom Line

We have gone through the method to freeze as well as thaw buttercream, along with buttercream decorated cake, and several other guidelines and things you need to keep in mind.

We hope that this guide has helped you understand how to freeze buttercream successfully at home.

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About Betty Ellis

Betty is a food researcher who spends most of her time analyzing the nutritional aspects of various foods. She also researches methods to enhance taste, as well as how to store certain types of foods. She enjoys cooking for herself and her three dogs even though she doesn't have a lot of free time outside work.

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