Did You Know There's A Right Way To Store Cake?
Cake is a common dessert. It's usually easy enough to make even for beginner bakers. Unless you're aiming for an impressive layered cake with all the trimmings, you can easily bake a cake with the minimum of equipment and ingredients.
When you experiment and try out a cake recipe, sometimes you don't finish a cake in one day or you just ate a slice and need to store it for tomorrow to enjoy again. What do you do to store this delicious cake?
We bet you store it in the refrigerator. Did you know that this is a bad idea? This is the reason why you shouldn't: cake will dry out.
Here's what you should be doing instead:
1 Store cake in the kitchen, covered.
The biggest mistake you can do to cake is to store it in the refrigerator. The refrigerator is a great appliance to store and preserve many kinds of food. Cake is not one of them. Just like bread, cake has a tendency to dry out when stored in the refrigerator. Unlike bread, cake is usually less susceptible to molding in a day or two. This is because it has a higher sugar content which is actually has preserving qualities.
What you be doing is this: keep it at room temperature and lightly cover it so no pests and insects will be attracted to it while it's sitting on your kitchen counter or dining table.
2 Wrap and freeze.
You might need to store cake for longer than a few days. If this is the cake, you need to preserve it for long-term storage. To do this, you need to freeze it. Again, just like you would with bread, you need to wrap it securely. This is not just because wrapping it in plastic wrap will preserve it, keeping it as moist as possible in storage. Wrapping it in plastic wrap will also prevent the cake from absorbing off-odors from the other contents of your freezer. You don't want a cake that tastes like it has a hint of seafood or stale meat.
3 Buttercream-frosted cakes can go in the refrigerator.
If your cake is covered in a layer of buttercream, you may want to store it in the refrigerator since butter can go rancid. While this doesn't happen overnight, it would be a good idea to do so in our tropical weather. The good news is that this buttercream layer will keep it from losing moisture and becoming stale when stored in the refrigerator. Just remember that when you're ready to have some cake, take it out of the refrigerator for about one hour before you want to eat it so it can thaw.
If you happen to have a cake that you did not eat before it becomes stale, here are recipes to try so you can turn it into another dessert:
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