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Can You Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake?

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By Ross Young

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This delicious dessert is a favourite for afternoon tea, a snack, special occasions, or any time you fancy a treat! Wouldn’t it be great if you could have some handy in the freezer whenever you needed?

Can You Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake?

Yes, lemon drizzle cake can be frozen for up to 6 months. As with all cakes, you need to wrap it in cling film then bag it up before placing the bagged cake into the freezer.

Does Lemon Drizzle Cake Freeze Well? Sometimes

Can You Refreeze Lemon Drizzle Cake? No

How To Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake

You can choose between freezing your lemon drizzle cake cooked and ready to eat or, if you prefer, you can freeze it unbaked and ready to cook.

The second option gives you the best of both worlds. You can save yourself some time and still have freshly baked lemon drizzle cake straight out of the oven – delicious!

How to Freeze Baked Lemon Drizzle Cake

  1. Cook and Cool
    Cook your lemon drizzle cake and then allow it to cool completely. You can add your lemon drizzle now or leave this step out and add it when you come to eat the cake.
  2. Wrap the Cake
    Wrap the cake in a double layer of cling film to keep the cake airtight.
  3. Bag Up
    Pop the cake into a freezer bag and then label it with the date and name of the contents.
  4. Freeze
    Put the cake into the freezer and freeze.

How to Freeze Unbaked Lemon Drizzle Cake

  1. Prepare Mixture
    Prepare the cake mixture as usual and then pour it into a well-greased pan that is freezer safe. If you can put parchment paper into the pan first this will be even better when you come to cooking the cake.
  2. Wrap
    Wrap the entire cake and pan in cling film. Add a couple of layers to ensure it is airtight.
  3. Bag Up
    Put the pan and mixture into a freezer bag and label it with the date and contents.
  4. Freeze
    Put the whole thing into the freezer. Make sure you keep it flat so that the mixture freezes evenly.

Can I Freeze Iced Lemon Drizzle Cake?

Iced lemon cake is just as delicious as a traditional lemon drizzle cake. The icing is tangy and the cake is sweet – a perfect combination.

You can also freeze this type of lemon cake. Simply follow the instructions above for freezing a baked lemon cake.

3 Tips for Freezing Lemon Drizzle Cake

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing lemon drizzle cake to have the best results:

Avoid Slicing
For best results freeze the entire cake in one go. You could choose to cut the cake into slices first but you will need to wrap each slice separately and there is a greater risk of it drying out. 

Add Drizzle Afterwards
The icing drizzle tends not to hold us as well in the freezer so where possible, add this after thawing. It’s a great way of masking the fact it was ever frozen. 

Wrap Multiple Times
To keep it as well protected as possible, wrap the cake in multiple layers of cling film. 

How Long Can You Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake?

Lemon drizzle cake isn’t a cake that is likely to keep indefinitely in the freezer. It will degrade and change texture over time. It could even start to taste freezer burnt.

So, it is recommended that you only keep baked lemon drizzle cake in the freezer for about 1 month.

If you have frozen the cake mixture then you do have a little longer and can freeze this for up to three months.

You Can Freeze Lemon Drizzle Cake for Around 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Lemon Drizzle Cake?

If you want your lemon cake to be as delicious as possible you will need to allow it to defrost slowly. For best results take the cake out of the freezer the night before you need it and pop it into the fridge to thaw out.

If you have chosen to freeze the cake mixture then you still need to allow it to defrost in the same way before baking.

Can You Refreeze Lemon Drizzle Cake?

If you have frozen baked lemon drizzle cake then, unfortunately, you shouldn’t refreeze it once it has been thawed out.

The cake would be unlikely to survive the process! However, if you have frozen cake mixture and then baked it you should be able to freeze the baked cake once it has been cooled.

Does Lemon Drizzle Cake Freeze Well?

How well your lemon drizzle cake freezes is down to the type of sponge and recipe you have chosen. Lighter sponges won’t survive the freezer as well and will become denser instead of being light and airy.

The cake will still be delicious – it just won’t be quite the same.

You can always pep up your cake by popping it into the oven to warm through before serving. Just be careful not to dry it out.

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Lemon Drizzle Traybake?

Freezing traybake works in much the same way. We would recommend freezing it in portions so that it’s easier to defrost as many pieces as you need. Simply wrap each piece in clingfilm and then store it in a freezer bag. Defrost overnight in the fridge and enjoy!

Can You Freeze Cake, In General?

You certainly can! Sponge cakes, like lemon drizzle, will all freeze in the same way with the same rules so you can take what has been outlined on this page and apply it to most cakes.

We have actually published a complete guide to freezing cake, which may be of interest to you.

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