Fondant cakes are delightfully decorated with a pliable, colorful icing. Whether you are preparing a fondant cake in advance, or want to save just one slice for later, you are probably wondering how to store a fondant cake. We’ve found the best storage options for fondant cakes.
Store a whole fondant cake at room temperature, in a relatively dark location, protected from bright sunlight or fluorescent light. Refrigerate a fondant cake only if storing in a hot, humid climate or if the cake contains a filling such as pudding, whipped cream, mousse, or jam. Keep fondant cake fresh by:
- Wrapping in plastic wrap.
- Placing into an airtight cake carrier.
- Placing into a cake box.
- Covering with a cake cover.
- Placing onto a cake stand with cover.
Eat fondant cake within 2 to 4 days.
You can store a half, a quarter, or just one slice of fondant cake with these techniques. Keep reading, and we’ll tell you how to keep fondant cake moist. We’ll also discuss what happens when you refrigerate or freeze a fondant cake, and provide several tips for storing fondant icing to use for cake decorating.
Storing A Fondant Cake
Cakes, like most baked goods, are best kept at room temperature. A fondant cake has the advantage of an icing encasement, that protects the cake from exposure to air to keep it fresher for longer.
Stored in the refrigerator, cakes have a tendency to dry out. Fondant cakes will wilt when removed from the refrigerator because condensation forms on the icing and weakens the fondant’s paste-like consistency.
If you must store a fondant cake in the refrigerator, protect it from the cold air by wrapping with plastic wrap and placing the cake into an airtight container.
Frosted cakes do not freeze well, but an unfrosted cake a can last up to 2-months stored in the freezer. So, if you want to make a fondant cake ahead of time for an event, it is best to freeze the cake without icing.
Let the cake cool completely after baking. Then, wrap the cake tightly in plastic wrap and place the wrapped cake into an airtight Ziploc freezer bag or an airtight container to freeze.
When kept on the counter or inside a cupboard, the entire fondant cake should be covered. Fondant cake stays fresh for 2 - 4 days at room temperature if protected from humidity and bright light.
If you have delicate fondant toppers on the cake and do not want to risk damaging them with tightly wrapped plastic, these alternative options work great:
Airtight Cake Carrier
For bakers who plan to transport a fondant cake, an airtight cake carrier is ideal. Within the carrier, a fondant cake is protected from damage, air exposure, and light exposure. A cake carrier also helps to lock-in moisture if the cake must be refrigerated.
If you bring home a fondant cake from the bakery, it is likely wrapped in a cake box. Simplistic, cardboard cake boxes protect the cake from damage, keep air exposure at a minimum, and protect the cake from bright lighting. Cake boxes are designed either with a viewing window or without.
Covers enable you to store fondant cake by using your own plate or tray. You can display the cake nicely beneath a cover, or tuck it out of the way knowing it is protected from air and light exposure.
Cake Stand With Cover
Neatly display fondant cake on a stand with a cover to store it in a visible location. Fondant cake on a stand makes a lovely centerpiece on a party table. The cover protects the cake from damage, air and light exposure until you are ready to unveil the dessert by lifting the cover to slice into the cake.
What Is Fondant Cake?
A fondant cake can be any flavor, and even contain rich fillings like jam, mousse, or whipped cream inside. What makes a fondant cake unique is the smooth, confectioners’ icing used to beautifully sculpt a flawless exterior.
Fondant icing is made with sugar, water, gelatin, shortening, flavoring (typically vanilla), and food coloring. Fondant is a paste with a similar consistency to play dough, that can easily be rolled, pinched, and shaped into virtually any design. Check out this recipe for Rolled Fondant.
Vibrantly colored, festive fondant is the life of a birthday party cake.
Adorable fondant figures decorate a playful baby shower cake.
Intricate, fondant details embellish a wedding cake.
Does Fondant Need To Be Refrigerated?
Fondant icing does not need refrigeration. When working with rolled fondant it can dry out quickly, so wrap excess icing either in plastic wrap or inside an airtight plastic bag and set it aside. The plastic wrap or Ziploc will keep fondant pliable until it is time to roll it out.
To store unused fondant for longer-term, wrap in plastic wrap and then store in a plastic or glass airtight container or Ziploc bag. Keep the container in a cool, dry location to preserve fondant for up to 2-months.
You should not refrigerate or freeze fondant for long-term storage because condensation will form when you remove the fondant from fridge or freezer, causing the icing to sag.
How To Store Fondant Cake Toppers?
Whether you are preparing fondant decorations in advance, or you want to treasure that cake topper a bit longer after a celebratory event, use any of these methods to store fondant shapes, cut-outs, and figures in a cool, dry location:
- Wrap with plastic wrap.
- Place onto a tray, cake pan, or plate and wrap snugly overtop with plastic wrap.
- Store in an airtight container; stack flat fondant cut-outs in a container by placing a piece of tissue paper between each layer.
- Place into an airtight Ziploc bag.
Does Fondant Keep Cake Fresh?
Frosting a cake with fondant icing keeps the cake moist and fresh because the fondant prevents the cake from being exposed to air. In fact, storing a fresh cake in the refrigerator is often not recommended because the fridge can dry out the cake, and other flavors lingering in the fridge can intermingle with the cake.
How Long Can Fondant Cake Sit Out?
A cake iced with fondant stays fresh out on the countertop (at room temperature) for 2 - 4 days. For best results, cover the cake either by using plastic wrap, a cake box, a cake cover, or placing inside an airtight cake carrier.
If the fondant cake has been cut, or one slice is sitting out on a plate, cover the exposed section of cake or exposed side of the slice with either extra icing or plastic wrap. The trick is to protect the cake from exposure to air. Cut cake can sit out for 2 - 3 days without spoiling.
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