How do you freeze cake?

I know some women that make wedding cakes do this, Im just not sure how long the cake can be left frozen. My daughters 2nd birthday party is on sunday and I will be cooking all day saturday for it and plan to decorate and "build" her cake on sunday am before the party, but to help myself out, I wanted to bake the cake now and freeze it and take it out on sat. night, then frost and decorate sun am. Is it okay to do this?? What should the cake be wrapped in to make sure it stays the best it can?

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asholan_07

Asked by asholan_07 at 6:00 PM on Jan. 12, 2009 in Food & Drink

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  • You can freeze cakes for months. I would recomend a vacuum sealed plastic bag for a long time otherwise saran wrap will work just fine. The cake will also be much easier to decorate if yuo do it while its still frozen
    humaniterian87

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 6:02 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • My mil makes cakes on the side as a job. She makes awesome cakes and she recommended NOT freezing a cake without it being decorated yet. The reason is as it thaws if it isnt completely thawed it can make it hard to decorate. If you MUST do it only do it for a day or two. You can also keep it in the fridge up to a week.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 6:06 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • op. If i dont take it out the night before and just keep it frozen to decorate it, how long will it take to thaw before we eat it? Not more than an hour or 2 right?
    asholan_07

    Answer by asholan_07 at 6:07 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • Give yourself three hours to be safe. I make cakes on the side for birthdays and baptisms and that kind of stuff. Havent got up to wedding status yet but maybe with some more practice. It takes me about 45 minutes to decorate a cake but if it's your first it might take you awhile. My first took me 6 hours from start to finish LOL But ANYWAYS 3 hours should be plenty of time. Make sure to use a cake that is VERY moist almost like a pound cake. In a pinch I just use a betty crocker super moist cake mix LOL depserate times call fro desperate measures. I also have a fabulous recipe for buttercream frosting if your interested
    humaniterian87

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 6:21 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • frozen cakes taste awful.
    Godswk

    Answer by Godswk at 7:29 PM on Jan. 12, 2009

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  • Freezing a cake depletes the moisture, making for dry cake. Also, as it thaws, condensation can form on the outside, making it gummy and difficult to decorate.

    Cakes aren't that troublesome, so maybe you could just bake it the night before and decorate it the day of? If you do this, just cover it with a tea towel, don't use plastic wrap...the plastic wrap can adhere to the cake surface, and it will tear off with the plastic when you go to decorate it. If you're using a box mix for the cake, consider adding a small box of instant pudding to the mix when you prepare it; it will result in a moister, denser (and therefore easier to decorate) cake.
    jespeach

    Answer by jespeach at 2:52 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • I would call a local baker and ask them, I am not a baker so sorry I can't offer any help.
    smiley630

    Answer by smiley630 at 10:16 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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  • I make cakes in advance and freeze them often. Wrap the cooled cake layers in saran wrap and then in foil. Put these into a ziplock and freeze them. You can leave them frozen safely for a month. I NEVER notice a difference in flavor. This will happen if it isn't wrapped tightly or if it is frozen for too long. I always let mine defrost on the counter (still wrapped) overnight and frost them the next day. I have never had a bad experience doing this. Good luck!
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 11:03 AM on Jan. 13, 2009

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