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Do cakes freeze well?

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Most cakes will freeze well but icings may change in texture. To freeze: Bake and cool. Freeze cake before wrapping it for ease in handling. Wrap frozen cake in moisture-vapor proof material. Place cake in a heavy cardboard box or metal container. Cakes do not freeze solid so this prevents them from being compressed if other foods are placed on them in the freezer. Behavior of frostings and fillings: Uncooked powdered sugar frostings freeze well. Candy type frostings, like a beaten fudge, freeze less well but produce a satisfactory product. Boiled frostings and ones that contain egg whites or cream tend to soak into the cake during storage. Cream cheese frostings produce a satisfactory product. The cake may be frozen without frosting and frosted when removed if there is a concern about how the frosting will perform.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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