Different kinds of cakes require different storage techniques, for example, a plain unfrosted cake will keep its taste and shape overnight, even at room temperature, while one frosted and filled with whipped cream will start to go stale at room temperature within few hours. Furthermore, short-term storage is not as difficult as is long-term. When storing cake overnight, you simply need to cover it properly and put it in the fridge or leave it at room temperature, depending upon the requirements for its perishable ingredients, but when storing the cake for longer periods of time you need to wrap the cake properly and then freeze it. Here are few tips and tricks that you can utilize to store different kinds of cakes and make sure that the stored piece tastes as good on the second day as it did on the first.
Storing unfrosted cake
Storing unfrosted plain cakes is the simplest of all. Tightly wrap the leftover cake in one layer of plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for 4 to 5 days. However, make sure the cake is completely cool before you wrap it in plastic, otherwise condensation in the plastic wrap may cause the cake to develop mould.
Storing cake made with non-perishable frosting and filling
Cakes made with non-perishable frosting and filling, such as jams, marmalades and vegetable oil, can also be stored overnight at room temperature. Place the cake on a cake plate and cover it with a dome, big enough to clear the cake as well as its frosting.
Storing cake made with perishable frosting and filling
Cakes made with perishable ingredients such as cream, fresh fruits or other dairy products, should be stored in a refrigerator to retain their taste and quality. Storing such cakes at room temperature may cause them to develop mould. Wait for the frosting to become firm before draping it loosely with a plastic wrap. Now set the cake on a domed cake plate or in an airtight container and store it in the fridge overnight. Remove the plastic wrap and bring it room temperature before serving.
Storing a butter cream frosted cake
Buttercream frosted cake can be stored in a cool place, or even at room temperature for up to 24 hours, but you need to make sure it is properly covered, otherwise it may become dry and lose its taste. If you live in a warm climate, then better drape the cake loosely with a plastic wrap, set it on a domed plate and place in the refrigerator. However, make sure the frosting is firm before you wrap it, otherwise it may lose its shape.