Here is the most comprehensive guide on how to freeze and store sponge cakes.
These methods and tips have worked splendidly for me.
Let’s get started right away.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Sponge Cake?
- How to Freeze Sponge Cake?
- Freezing Sponge Cake with Icing on Them
- How Long Can You Freeze Sponge Cake?
- How to Store Frozen Sponge Cake?
- How to Defrost Sponge Cake?
- Can You Refreeze Sponge Cake?
- Does Sponge Cake Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Sponge Cake
- Cling Wrap
- Metal Foil
- Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container or Ziploc Bags
- Bake and Cool: Once you bake the sponge cake, let it cool down to room temperature. Some prefer the cake to be slightly warm to lock in the moisture, but it should be cool to touch.
- First Layer of Wrap: Using some cling wrap, cover the whole cake thoroughly, make sure that no part of it is exposed. You can do this twice to be sure.
- Second Layer of Wrap: Now, wrap the cake with some metal foil for an added layer of protection.
- Pack and Seal: Although you can leave the double-wrapped cake in the freezer, it would be best to place them in a freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag to make sure it is thoroughly protected.
- Label and Freeze: Add a label with the best before date, and you are all set to freeze the sponge cake.
You could check out this video by “I Scream for Buttercream” on YouTube to see how it’s done -
Freezing Sponge Cake with Icing on Them
If you have already iced the cake then with a few additional steps you can freeze them for long as well.
Portion the Cake
If you don’t plan to decorate further and if you are sure you won’t be eating the whole cake in one go, cut it into manageable portions before freezing it.
To make sure that the icing is set solid on the cake before double wrapping, we have to flash freeze it. So, clear out some space in the freezer and leave the cake in there for an hour or two.
Make sure that there is nothing in the freezer that can give off an odor because the cake can absorb it since it’s not covered.
First Layer of Wrap
Cover the entire cake or pieces of cake with cling wrap, leaving no part exposed.
Second Layer of Wrap
Using some aluminum foil, double-wrap the cake or slices for an added layer of protection.
Pack and Seal
You can leave the cake simply double-wrapped, especially if it is a whole cake.
But if you want to freeze it for long, especially the slices, you can pack and seal them in freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
Label, and Freeze
Add a label with the best before date, and you are good to go.
This simple tutorial by “Just Bakecause” on YouTube is really helpful –
How Long Can You Freeze Sponge Cake?
You can freeze sponge cake for up to 6 months. But to get the best of its taste and quality, you should try and consume it within two months.
Sponge cakes with icing on them are best used within a month or so.
The key to freezing sponge cake for a long is to make sure that it is wrapped thoroughly and has double layer protection from freezer burns.
Freshly baked sponge cakes fare better and longer in the freezer than leftovers, as the moisture is locked in, and they don’t dry out.
How to Store Frozen Sponge Cake?
The best way to store sponge cake is to double wrap them in layers of cling wrap and then metal foil.
You can then directly place them in the freezer or, for added protection, pack them into freezer-safe air-tight containers or Ziploc bags.
But freezing large quantities of sponge cake can be tricky unless you have a lot of freezer space. It can be difficult to find freezer-safe containers that easily hold the cake and fit in the freezer.
At the same time, Ziploc bags can offer no guarantee that the cake will not be dented by other things in the freezer.
So, when freezing a whole sponge cake in the freezer, make sure that you have enough space or the right container to freeze them in.
How to Defrost Sponge Cake?
The ideal way to defrost a sponge cake is to leave it in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight and let it thaw gradually.
The gradual shift in temperature will ensure that the cake does not change drastically and the condensation does not seep into it, giving you a mushy cake.
When defrosting the cake, it is better to leave the cling wrap on it, as it can help collect most of the condensation on the wrap rather than the cake.
Do not thaw the cake on the kitchen counter, especially if it has icing on it. This will result in a mushy cake with runny icing. and there is little to no chance of salvaging the cake afterward.
Can You Refreeze Sponge Cake?
No, it is strongly advised not to refreeze the sponge cake, especially if it has icing. Each time the cake is frozen it dries out and has a higher risk of having bacterial growth.
So, once it thaws it must be consumed as soon as possible.
Unless you plan to serve the whole sponge cake or decorate it further, the ideal thing to do would be to portion it out into single servings that you can eat in one sitting.
This way, you don’t have to waste the cake once it thaws.
Does Sponge Cake Freeze Well?
Yes, sponge cake freezes well and can last well in the freezer for quite long. Keep in mind that the recipe of your sponge cake can play into how well it freezes.
For example, fatless cakes degrade faster than other cakes.
Sponge cake without icing freezes better than the ones which have been decorated. So, it is best advised to freeze the cakes without icing to freeze them for long.
Yes, you can freeze sponge cake with cream in it. They can last in the freezer for a month or so. You can follow the same method as you would for a sponge cake with icing.
But it is best to freeze the cake and cream separately and assemble them once they thaw.
Yes, you can freeze sponge cake with fondant icing. You can use the same method that you would use for a sponge cake with icing or buttercream on it. Flash freeze and then double wrap the cake before freezing it.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store delicious sponge cakes.
If you have any doubts or would like to share some tips and tricks on freezing sponge cakes, it would be great to hear from you.
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