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Can You Freeze Cherry Cake?

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Cherry cake is a light and refreshing cake that fits perfectly into your summer picnics and springtime afternoon teas but it can be difficult to eat an entire cake before it starts to go stale.

Can you freeze cherry cake so that no leftovers go to waste? The good news is you can! You could even make your cherry cake ahead of time and freeze it until you need it.

Cherry cake can be frozen for around 6 months. It will freeze best if it is well wrapped to keep it protected from the air in the freezer. To make sure none goes to waste you can even freeze it in handy portions.

Does Cherry Cake Freeze Well? Sometimes

Can You Refreeze Cherry Cake? No

How to Freeze Cherry Cake

Freezing cherry cake is an easy process. The hardest part is making sure it is well wrapped. This is also the most important part because it ensures your cake is kept at the best quality possible in the freezer.

You can either freeze cherry cake in portions or as a whole cake, so pick the method that works best for you.

How to Freeze Cherry Cake in Portions

If you know you won’t consume a whole cake, then freezing portions of cake will be the best approach to take. Here’s how to do so:

  1. Cut Portions
    Cut your cake into portions.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap each portion in two layers of cling film. Make sure all of the cake is completely covered. Next, add a third layer of tin foil. You need to wrap each portion in the same way.

    This not only protects the portion, but it makes it easy for you to grab out one portion at a time when it comes to eating the cake.
  3. Flash Freeze
    Pop your portions of cherry cake onto a baking tray and put the tray into the freezer for a couple of hours until the cake has started to freeze solid. This step helps to keep your portions of cherry cake whole and undamaged.

    If you miss out on this step, there is the potential for your cake to get squashed in the freezer before it freezes.
  4. Bag Up
    Next, you can transfer the cake portions into a freezer bag.
  5. Seal
    Seal the bag tightly and label it with the contents and date.
  6. Freeze
    Put the bag into the freezer to allow the cherry cake portions to fully freeze.

How to Freeze a Whole Cherry Cake

You can also freeze cherry cake as a whole. If this is the approach you’ve decided to follow, then here’s what you need to do:

  1. Cool
    If you have baked your cake at home, allow it to cool completely before freezing. To ensure it is fully cooled, you can pop it in the fridge for an hour or two.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap your cooled cake in two to three layers of clingfilm. You need to make sure the cake is completely covered and that there are no gaps.
  3. Wrap Again
    Once your cherry cake is wrapped in cling film, you can add a layer of tin foil. This helps to protect it further from getting the freezer burnt.
  4. Bag Up
    Grab a large freezer bag and put the whole wrapped cherry cake into it.
  5. Seal
    Seal the bag and label it with the date and the name of the contents.
  6. Freeze
    Put the cherry cake in the freezer to freeze. Ensure you keep it flat and at the top of the freezer until the cake has completely frozen solid. Up until the cake is frozen, it can get damaged and squashed.

2 Tips for Freezing Cherry Cake

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 2 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cherry cake to have the best results:

Be Gentle
Be careful when putting a cake into the freezer. It can take several hours for the cake to freeze, and many people make the mistake of allowing it to get squashed by other food in the freezer!

Add Extra Protection
Keeping your cake protected from the air is the key to a successfully frozen cherry cake that tastes as good as it can, so if in doubt, add an extra freezer bag or extra layers of cling film.

How Long Can You Freeze Cherry Cake?

How long you can freeze cherry cake will depend on how well it is wrapped. If your cake isn’t wrapped well, then the taste will degrade a little faster.

However, if you have wrapped your cake and frozen it using the methods outlined above, you should be able to keep it in the freezer for between four and six months.

You Can Freeze Cherry Cake for up to 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Cherry Cake?

The best way to thaw out your cherry cake is by taking it out of the freezer and unwrapping it, and then putting it on a plate. Put this on the kitchen side and cover with a tea towel until it has fully thawed out.

We wouldn’t recommend that you try and speed up the process by putting it in the microwave because this can make the cake rubbery and unpleasant to eat.

Can You Refreeze Cherry Cake?

If you tried to refreeze cherry cake, it would likely end up ruining the cake because freezing it does change the cake, and the more you do this, the more the texture and quality of the cake will degrade.

Does Cherry Cake Freeze Well?

Unfortunately, a cherry cake that has been frozen won’t ever be quite the same as a fresh cherry cake. This doesn’t mean your cake won’t be enjoyable. You may notice a slight difference in the texture.

The cake may be a little denser and not quite as light. It should still taste great, though, and it’s better to freeze your cherry cake rather than let it go to waste.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing cherry cake or cake in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake?

You can freeze lemon drizzle cake like most sponge cakes. Decide whether to freeze slices of lemon drizzle cake or a whole cake. Once decided, wrap the slices or whole cake in clingfilm before bagging it up in a thick freezer bag. Label the bag, then place this in the freezer. 

Can You Freeze Glacé Cherries?

Unfortunately, glacé cherries do not freeze well, so we would recommend avoiding doing so. Instead, store them in the cupboard, where they will keep in a sealed container for several months. 

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