Learn how to freeze cake, bread, cookies, buttercream and other baked goods. With these tips on how to freeze and thaw baked goods your treats will stay fresh and delicious so you can enjoy them whenever you’d like!
How to Freeze Cake
To freeze an un-iced cake, wrap individual cake layers in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. This double-wrapping technique will help prevent freezer burn and keep moisture locked in. Stored this way, cake will keep in your freezer for about one month.
When ready to use, remove from the freezer and loosen the aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Let your cake layers defrost completely in the fridge before stacking and decorating.
If your cake is already decorated, place your cake in the freezer, unwrapped, for at least 4 hours. This will ensure that your cake and frosting freeze solid and will prevent you from damaging any decorations.
Once frozen solid, remove the cake from the freezer and wrap securely in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. This should help keep your cake fresh for at least a couple weeks. A day before serving, loosen the aluminum foil and plastic wrap and let it defrost in the fridge overnight.
How to Freeze Cupcakes
Freezing cupcakes is a lot like freezing cake. Wrap them, individually, in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil. They will keep for about a month in your freezer.
Since cupcakes are often quick and easy to decorate, we suggest freezing cupcakes without any icing or decorations. It can be hard to securely wrap cupcakes if they are topped with a lovely buttercream swirl, and you wouldn’t want to damage your decorating details!
Let your cupcakes defrost completely in the fridge before decorating.
How to Freeze Bread
Freshly baked bread can be stored in the freezer for up to a month. Make sure your bread has cooled completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.
You can also slice your bread before freezing – that way you can just grab as many slices as you need without having to defrost the whole loaf.
Store-bought bread also freezes well. No need to double wrap that, the plastic bag the bread comes in will help keep it fresh for a couple weeks.
How to Freeze Cookie Dough
Drop cookies, like chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles, are great for freezing! Simply form them into balls and freeze, uncovered, until solid. Once frozen, place in a resealable plastic bag and keep in the freezer for 6 to 8 weeks (you can also keep them in the fridge for up to 2 days). No need to defrost these, they can go from freezer to oven for those late-night cookie cravings!
For slice and bake and roll-out cookies, form the dough into a log (or a ball for roll-out), then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place in an airtight container and freeze 2 to 3 months. Let thaw completely in the fridge before using.
How to Freeze Cookies
If your cookies are already baked, layer them, undecorated, in an airtight container or freezer bag with parchment paper or waxed paper in between the layers of cookies. Freeze for 3 to 4 months.
How to Freeze Brownies
To freeze brownies (or bar cookies), wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. To help them maintain moisture, do not cut the brownies before freezing. When ready to serve, let thaw at room temperature before cutting into individual servings.
How to Freeze Buttercream Frosting
Buttercream (and cream cheese frosting) are great for freezing, due to their high fat content. Simply place your frosting in an airtight container. It should keep in your freezer for up to 6 months. If you’re going to be using your buttercream in the next couple weeks, you can also store it in the fridge for up to 14 days.
To thaw your buttercream, let it come up to room temperature. Place it in your stand mixer and re-whip it to improve the consistency.
How to Freeze Royal Icing
Unfortunately, royal icing does not freeze as well as buttercream icing does. It will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, but if you don’t have plans to use it before then, we suggest piping out your decorations in advance and storing those instead. Piped royal icing flowers and decorations will keep for months in any non-airtight container, such as a cardboard cake box.
Other Tips for Freezing Baked Goods
- In general, the more layers you put between the freezer and your baked goods, the better! If you’re planning on freezing your cakes or cookies for longer than a month or so, feel free to add another layer of plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep them as fresh as possible.
- Keep track of when your baked goods went in the freezer by marking the date on the aluminum foil with a permanent marker.
- If you’re freezing muffins or scones, avoid glazing them with icing until ready to serve.
- Wondering if your cookies will freeze well? Stick to doughs with a lot of fat, such as chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, peanut butter cookies or shortbread. Delicate doughs will not freeze, so avoid putting macaron or madeleine dough in the freezer.
- Pizza dough, pie crust and homemade bagels are also great for freezing!
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