Can You Freeze a Fondant Decorated Cake?

You Can Freeze a Fondant Covered Cake

Can You Freeze a Fondant Decorated Cake?   Yes you can!!  But up until a couple of months ago – I wasn’t sure.

A couple of years ago when I was taking way too many orders, I found myself baking and freezing cakes ahead of time just so I could keep up with my workload.  But those were either plain baked cakes, or baked, filled & crumb-coated cakes… but never decorated cakes – especially fondant covered.

But then I had an unusual situation come up back in July.    One of my clients ordered a fondant covered/decorated cake for a specific date… then had to change the party to the next weekend…  but forgot to tell me.  Oops!

In addition to that, when I messaged to tell her her cake was ready for pickup (on the original weekend) she was out of town (actually, a couple of states away from home) and couldn’t get the cake even if she wanted to.  Ugh.  I was frustrated.  I hated to waste that cake – and the time I had invested in making it!

Plus I was completely booked the next weekend and knew I probably wouldn’t have time to redo the cake for her then.   So I took a chance and I decided to freeze a completely finished, fondant covered cake.

Wrapped Frozen Saints Cake

I wrapped it up in four or five layers of heavy duty plastic wrap (I buy mine at Sam’s Club) then I stuck it in the freezer for 6 days.  I read that some bakers also wrap it in foil over the plastic wrap, but I only used plastic wrap.

The night before the cake was to be picked up, I took it out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator (still wrapped in plastic wrap).  I left it there overnight – probably around 12-14 hours.

The next morning I set it out on the counter and I let it come up to room temperature.   Again, I left the plastic wrap on.

As it started to warm up, condensation appeared on the outside of the plastic wrap, so I didn’t touch it – I let it sit.  Probably 6-8 hours later (late that afternoon/evening), I unwrapped it!

Note: the condensation had completely disappeared after around 3-4 hours, but that time will vary depending on your climate, temperature and humidity!

Saints Cake

And guess what?  It held up beautifully!!   It didn’t even get sticky!!   Although if it had, I suspect letting it air-dry or turning a fan on it for a little while would’ve resolved that too!

Saints Birthday Cake

My biggest worry was that the condensation would cause sweating and that would cause color bleeding or running… but I think keeping the plastic wrap on was the answer to that!    No moisture ever showed up on the fondant itself!

SO – this is my only experience with freezing a fondant covered cake, but if I had to, I’d definitely do it again!  Here’s what I’d recommend:

  • Wrap the cake with multiple layers of heavy duty plastic wrap, and possibly foil on top of that!
  • Freeze for no more than a month (that’s just a good rule of thumb for any frozen cake)
  • Allow the cake to first thaw in the frig – at least 8 hours, keeping the plastic wrap intact.
  • Bring it to room temperature for at least 4 hours, again, keeping the plastic wrap intact.
  • If it gets sticky or has any condensation on the actual cake, allow it to air-dry or place it in front of a fan – do not touch it, wipe it or handle it!

It’s YOUR turn!  Do you freeze cakes?  Do you have any tips or tricks… tell us how you do it in the comments!    Also leave a comment if you have other questions!

 

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Red Western Cowboy Hat Cake

Cowboy Cake with Red Hat

It’s a Red Western Cowboy Hat Cake!    Does that even make sense?  Haha!    Probably not, but who cares?  You know what I mean!

Since I do lots of cowboy cakes, I’m going to keep this post short and sweet (famous last words) and just give you the bones of how I made it.  Okay?  Okay!

Here we go:

Edible Cowboy Hat

Fondant Blue Jeans Belt Buckle

Fondant Bandana Collage

Wood Grain Name Plate on Cake

Red Cowboy Hat Western Cake

That’s it ya’ll!!    Minimal rambling – maximum cake details!!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend… if all goes well, when you’re reading this I’ll be away for a long weekend with my husband at a bed &  breakfast celebrating our 18th anniversary!

As always, if you have any questions, leave me a comment!!  I’ll be happy to help out if I can!

 

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Turquoise & Brown Cowgirl Horse Cake

Horse Bandana Girls Cake

Sometimes naming a cake is the easiest and most obvious thing in the world to do.  Other times I name them things like Turquoise & Brown Cowgirl Horse Cake.

Why do I worry about such things?  Well because Google is picky about names and such and if you name it just right, then it’ll turn up in all the right search results and if you name it wrong – maybe nobody will ever find your picture.

Since I love blogging as much as I love cake decorating and I really want my pictures to be found… I have to try and name my cakes with all the right words!  But I’m rambling and you don’t really care about things like that, so let’s talk about the cake!

Rose with Brooke and Monica David

This cake was done for Icing Smiles and the precious girl I did it for is Olivia’s sister, Brooke … you’ll remember Olivia’s cakes here and here.

Anyway – here are some details… the cake was 6″ and 8″ round cakes – vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.   The brown fondant was Satin Ice Brown and all of the other fondant was homemade marshmallow fondant.

Number Topper

The topper was made from fondant with tylose mixed in and I stood them up on popsicle sticks.  You can see how I make fondant number toppers here.

Back of Fondnat Numbers

For these, I used strips on fondant and sugar glue on the back to secure them.

Horse Sillouette

For the horse, I first rolled out some brown fondant on a flexible cutting board.  Then I covered it with wax paper and laid a printed out a coloring sheet template on top.   I can’t find this exact one, but I searched and chose one from a page like this.

I used an Xacto knife to cut it out, then some gum paste tools to add the lines and texture on top!

Fondant Rope Knot

The rope was also made with Satin Ice Brown Fondant and I used a silicone rope mold to make the rope.  You could also use an extruder to make the rope – you can see how much I love my extruder here!

Fondant Bandana

I just shot a tutorial for doing this gathered bandanna look (I’ll be sharing one day soon I hope), but in the meantime, I can tell you the cookie cutters I used to make the bandanna pattern.  The main three were these daisy cutters, these comma (paisley) cutters, a black food marker, and silver dragees.

And that’s it… my Turquoise & Brown Cowgirl Horse Cake!   Do you have any questions about this cake or the details?  I love to hear from readers, so leave me a comment and I’ll do my best to reply!

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