Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes
There aren’t many things you can’t keep in a self storage room, but food is one of them. It’s unlikely that most home-cooked meals will last for long, but when you’re planning to make something in advance – what’s the best way to keep it fresh?
Take cake for instance – you’ve spent a long time baking the perfect chocolate or carrot mix – and the house is filled with the lovely aroma of your hard work. Don’t let it go to waste by neglectful storage.
Fruit cakes keep the best, particularly when soaked in an alcohol like brandy, which acts as a preservative. You can keep a Christmas or wedding cake (wrapped in a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil, and kept in a tin) for about three months, ‘feeding’ it with alcohol from time to time – in fact, it will probably taste all the better for it.
Any cake made with perishables will be best off kept in the fridge and eaten within a few days. Cakes filled with jam will keep happily at room temperature for up to about 5 days (any longer and the sugars might start to form mould).
Metal tins are the best, as modern plastic boxes often takes on the scent of food that been left inside it. A cake tin will keep out air and unwelcome smells, resulting in a taste exactly the same as when it was first baked without unwanted flavouring.
For added security, wrap your cake in greaseproof paper before placing it inside the tin. If you’ve baked a cream-filled sponge or a cheesecake, you could also use a glass cake dome – which is both a good way to store and serve. Keep this inside the fridge and if you’re worried about scent penetration, line the cake with paper before putting it in.
When it comes to considering where to keep the cake, keep it away from sunlight, heat sources, and areas of high humidity – all of these can affect how long it will last.