Ask a baker: Storing and Keeping your Wedding Cake

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As part of our new #askabaker features we’re answering your questions about storing your wedding cake before and after your wedding.

Do I need to keep my wedding cake in the fridge?

If you’ve collected your wedding cake the day before the wedding and are wondering how to store it overnight, your first thought is probably the fridge. However, if your wedding cake is sponge-based then you should avoid putting it in the fridge. Refrigeration dries a sponge cake out, so to keep that light fluffy, moist texture for your big day then resist the temptation to refrigerate.

The best place to store a sponge cake is at room temperature and out of the sunlight. All our cakes are delivered in a cake box, so if you can resist the temptation to take a peek then leave the cake in its box. If it’ll be sitting out overnight you should try and wrap the cardboard delivery box with cling film – this’ll help keep it airtight and keep out any insects or flies.

A fruitcake will handle being in the fridge without drying out, but equally it’s not necessary and so it’s just as fine to leave that out and store in the same way as a sponge cake.

Ask a baker: Storing and Keeping your Wedding Cake

The only time you should refrigerate your cake is if it’s a hot day/night and you have a buttercream icing at risk of melting, or a cream or cream cheese frosting. In this case make the cake box as airtight as possible and refrigerate for as short a time as necessary.

A fruitcake will handle being in the fridge without drying out, but equally it’s not necessary and so it’s just as fine to leave that out and store in the same way as a sponge cake. The only time you should refrigerate your cake is if it’s a hot day/night and you have a buttercream icing at risk of melting, or a cream or cream cheese frosting. In this case make the cake box as airtight as possible and refrigerate for as short a time as necessary.

Naked Wedding Cake with Purple Flowers

Can a wedding cake be left out overnight?

Absolutely… just keep it boxed up for as long as possible and away from heat and light. If you can, seal the cake box using cling film to keep it airtight. If it’s being left in a warm environment then consider refrigerating, but only as a last resort. See do I need to keep my wedding cake in the fridge? for more details.

Can I send wedding cake leftovers in the post?

If any of your guests couldn’t make the wedding and would still like a slice of cake then you can send them one in the post. Just make sure it’s well wrapped and packaged and posted on a next day basis (don’t post on a Saturday!). Just be sure to follow the latest Royal Mail guidelines on sending perishable items.

How long will my wedding cake last?

The short answer is it depends. There are a lot of variables affecting how long a wedding cake lasts, including what the cake is made of, how it’s served and how quickly you can package and prep it for storage.

Generally a sponge cake can be stored in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature for two to three days. The filling and frosting are important though and if you have a cream or cream cheese coating and your cake has been out on display it’s best not to eat it beyond your wedding day.

A fruitcake will last much longer. We really like this guide by the spruce on storing fruitcake for optimal freshness.

Both sponge cakes and fruitcakes can also be frozen…

Can you freeze wedding cakes?

In short yes, but it also depends on how the cake is displayed and prepared. Brides.com has a really useful guide on the do’s (and serious don’ts) of freezing your wedding cake. The most important thing is to consider how the cake has been kept pre-freezing. If it has been left out in a hot marquee, or outside, then it’s not recommended that you eat the cake after your wedding day.

If you do decide to freeze your cake then check out the following guides:

How long will wedding cake keep in the freezer?

Traditionally, couples used to save the top tier of their wedding cakes for their first anniversary, or the birth, or christening, of their first child. Assuming you’ve followed the steps in the linked guides around storage for your cake, then freezing should maintain your cake for up to a year. However, a year is a long time and we think its best to enjoy your Zeenees cake long before then.

How to defrost wedding cake

If you do freeze your wedding cake then allow it to defrost slowly in the refrigerator before eating it.

Ask a baker: Storing and Keeping your Wedding Cake

A final word…

We want you to enjoy your Zeenees wedding cake at its best, and so for us it’s always recommended that you and your guests enjoy your wedding cake on the wedding day itself.

On your wedding day the cake and decoration will be at their freshest and will have been delivered safely to you or your venue. After this point there are too many unknown variables such as temperature, storage and time on display for us to recommend how a cake is kept and how long it will last after we’ve delivered it.

Any detail here about storing and eating your cake after your wedding day is provided for information only and is not intended as advice on food safety. Our advice is always to eat your Zeenees cake on the day of delivery.