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Can You Freeze Victoria Sponge?

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Victoria sponge is a quintessentially British sweet treat. Enjoyed as part of an indulgent afternoon tea, this timeless classic is extremely simple and exceptionally delicious!

But what’s the best way to store Victoria sponge if you don’t plan to eat it all at once? Can you freeze Victoria sponge? 

Victoria sponge can be frozen for up to 3 months. You should wrap each of the sponges individually and freeze the cream and jam filling separately. You can then build your Victoria sponge and decorate it accordingly once it has been defrosted.

Does Victoria Sponge Freeze Well? Yes

Can You Refreeze Victoria Sponge? Yes

How to Freeze Victoria Sponge

Victoria sponge is an excellent cake to prepare ahead of time and freeze in its component parts. This is because it freezes really well, and it doesn’t take long to build and decorate it following the freezing process. 

And the good news is that freezing Victoria sponge is super simple and doesn’t require a great deal of preparation. Here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Cool
    As soon as you’ve baked your Victoria sponge, remove it from the oven and place each of the sponges on a cooling rack. You need to make sure it has cooled completely before proceeding to the next step, or your cake will go soggy in the freezer. 
  2. Wrap
    When you’re happy that your Victoria sponge is cool, wrap each sponge individually in tin foil or plastic wrap. Make sure there are no gaps in the wrapping, as freezer burn will ruin the texture of your sponge. 
  3. Bag Up
    Place the individually wrapped sponges on top of one another and place them in a suitably sized freezer-safe bag. 
  4. Freeze the Jam and Cream
    Once you’ve bagged up the sponges, put the required servings of jam and buttercream in individual freezer-safe bags and seal them. 
  5. Label and Freeze
    Write the date that you baked the cake, as well as the date you should use it on the front of the bags. Then, place them on a flat surface in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Victoria Sponge

3 Tips for Freezing Victoria Sponge

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

Build it After Freezing
It only takes a couple of minutes to build a Victoria sponge, so it’s much better to do this after you have frozen it. If you freeze the whole cake together, it can freeze unevenly due to the jam and cream filling. 

Portion it
If you want to enjoy smaller portions of Victoria sponge (as opposed to the whole cake in one go), consider slicing and portioning it before you freeze it. This means you can easily remove however much cake you need at any given time while leaving the rest in the freezer for a later date.

Make Sure it’s Cool Before Freezing it
We need to reiterate this point as it’s so important. You need to leave your Victoria sponge at room temperature until it has completely cooled before you place it in the freezer. If you don’t leave it for long enough, your sponge will go soggy, and there’s no coming back from it! 

How Long Can You Freeze Victoria Sponge?

You can freeze Victoria sponge for around three months. When chilled, your sponge cake should be perfectly fine in the fridge for up to seven days, meaning you don’t necessarily need to freeze it if you think you will enjoy it within a week.

Although some people might be happy to freeze Victoria sponge and other cakes for longer than three months, we’d advise you to use it within this timeframe to ensure it’s still moist and tasty by the time you come to enjoy it.

You Can Freeze Victoria Sponge for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Victoria Sponge?

To defrost Victoria sponge, remove the cake from the freezer the night before you plan to eat it and place it in the fridge. You should also remove the jam and cream filling at the same time.

While you can technically defrost Victoria sponge at room temperature, it’s best not to as it can dry out. 

Can You Refreeze Victoria Sponge?

Providing you have stored your Victoria sponge in the fridge, you can safely refreeze it. This is handy to know if you froze it initially and then had some individual slices leftover that you want to wrap and freeze.

Just be mindful that the ice crystals that form during the freezing process can affect the moisture levels of your sponge, so we’d advise you not to refreeze Victoria sponge more than once.

Does Victoria Sponge Freeze Well?

We would go as far as to say that Victoria sponge is the perfect cake to make in advance and freeze. The sponge freezes effortlessly, and you’re unlikely to notice any difference in its taste or texture after the freezing process.

Just remember that you should freeze the sponge and the fillings separately for the best results. 

Related FAQs

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

Can You Freeze Victoria Sponge with Icing?

We would avoid freezing Victoria sponge with icing. Instead, ice it when defrosted. The one element of a cake which will never freeze well is the icing so avoid doing so.

Does Freezing Cake Ruin It?

No, freezing cake does not ruin it. In fact, you’ll be hard-pushed to tell the difference between a sponge cake that has been made fresh versus one that has been frozen. We’ve actually written a dedicated guide to freezing cake.

Is It OK to Freeze Sponge Cakes?

It is perfectly OK to freeze sponge cakes. Providing that you wrap them tightly then there is unlikely to be any major changes to the texture or taste when frozen.

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