La Pâtissière Cakes & Desserts

Whether celebrating birthdays, holidays, or any joyous occasion, cake is a must-have treat. But what happens when the confetti settles, and you’re left with some of that delicious leftover cake? Fear not! We’ve got you covered with a simple guide to storing cake that ensures your cake stays fresh and delicious.

a celebration cake with a slice cut out and plated to show cut surface of cake that should be plastic wrapped before refrigerating

How Long Does Cake Last in the Fridge?

Ever wondered how long your cake can stay fresh on the counter or in the refrigerator? The answer lies in understanding its composition and proper storage techniques. When stored correctly, most cakes can maintain their deliciousness for up to a week. Read on as we share insights, from refrigeration tips to spotting signs of spoilage, navigating the fine balance between taste and safety.

Counter Storage:

Icing on the surface of the cake sponge is the barrier between the sponge and air. This barrier prevents the air from drying the cake out. Uncut buttercream and fondant covered cakes, barring those with fresh fruit, dairy, or whipped cream, can thus retain their freshness even when on the counter for 1-2 days. It is important to remember that cakes that are not covered in frosting (aka naked cakes) should NOT be refrigerated without being covered in plastic wrap. This may not be the case in places with high humidity or high temperatures, where refrigeration may be the only way to go.

Refrigeration when storing cakes:

All cut slices or exposed cake should be wrapped with plastic wrap against the cut side to prevent drying.

no icing on the sides of the sponge

Maintaining Balance:

Always handle and store cakes flat and straight to keep the frosting from smudging or smearing. This ensures the cakes remain as visually appealing as they are delicious.

Storing Cakes in the Fridge with the Frosting Intact:

fully iced buttercream cake with no sponge expired to air

  1. Parchment Paper Shield: Place parchment paper between layers of leftovers to preserve frosting during storage.
  2. Loose Tent Technique: Create a loose tent using straws or barbecue skewers and plastic wrap or aluminum foil to prevent direct contact and maintain frosting integrity.
  3. Cake Carriers or Inverted Bowls: Utilize cake carriers or inverted bowls to create an airtight space for overall freshness during refrigeration.

Pros and Cons of Refrigeration:

Refrigerating leftover cake (when properly plastic wrapped) protects fillings and slightly extends shelf life, but it can also affect the texture and flavor. The humid environment of the fridge may not be the best place to store cakes with edible images and fondant.

Exploring Alternatives for Storing Cake:

If you plan on storing cake leftovers (or perhaps an entire cake tier) for longer than a few days, consider freezing in an airtight container, wrapped well in plastic wrap. Or simply let the kids make cake balls or cakepops from the leftover cake.


Exceptions when storing cake:

Cakes with any hint of fruit or cream cheese, including cheesecakes, should always be refrigerated. Expect a maximum refrigeration period of four days before you may start to notice the fruit getting moldy or off-smelling..

Detecting Spoilage:

Keep an eye on cakes with fruit; any sign of mold indicates a need to skip that portion. Generally, cakes tend to dry out instead of spoiling, unless they contain perishable elements like fresh cream. Stay vigilant to ensure each slice is a delight from the first to the last bite.

fully iced cake with fresh fruit for garnish

Savoring every slice of cake is a pleasure. With our guide to storing cake properly, the last bite is as delightful as the first. Whether you refrigerate, freeze, or get creative, enjoy every moment of indulgence.

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