How Long Does Cake Last in the Fridge?

Have you hosted a birthday party lately with lots of cakes, pastries, and cup cakes for your kids? The only problem with great birthday parties is the leftover cake that was too delicious to waste or give away!

I understand. I have kids and I go through this nuisance every year. The mere struggle of keeping the cake fresh and flavorful for the coming days… Because let’s be honest, cakes taste delicious after lunch or as an evening snack. Just YUM!

So, over the years, I have learned how to keep the cake fresh for a week in the fridge. And now, in this article, I’ll help you save your children’s birthday cake this year!

So, stay tuned and fresh as a cake with me!

How long does cake last in the fridge?

So, before putting your cake in the fridge and forgetting about it for days, or even weeks. It’s always best to know how long does cake last in the fridge!

Generally, the answer depends on various factors, including what frosting is used, whether it’s with fresh fruit filling or toppings.

However, if you have a store bought cake, it would typically last 3 to 7 days in the fridge. While a homemade cake will last around 4 to 5 days in the fridge.

Also, the topping type or filling type also contributes to the shelf life of your cake, so it all depends.

Furthermore, if you want to keep the cake fresh in the fridge, I recommend storing cakes properly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, wrapped tightly. This prevents your cake from drying out or absorbing any strong, unpleasant odors from the fridge. It will also prevent your cake from losing moisture and become dry and tasteless. Storing cakes in an airtight container also helps extend their shelf life.

Best ways to store cake and keep the cake moist and fresh for 3 days

Even though I mentioned the cake can stay fresh in the fridge for 5 to 7 days, it’s best to consume it within 3 days, especially if you live in a hot and humid climate.

Here are some tips to keep your cake moist and fresh for 3 days.

  1. Use aluminum foil or plastic wrap and each slice of the cake should be wrapped tightly to avoid moisture loss.
  2. Apply more frosting to the sliced edges of the cake to prevent moisture loss and enhance the taste.
  3. Put your wrapped cut cake slices in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for no more than 3 days. Only take the cake out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.

The cakes remain delicious if stored properly in the fridge for 3 days. If you want to make your delicious cake last longer you can freeze it.


How long can cake stay out of the fridge?

Whether the cakes stay fresh out of the fridge depends on the type of frosting. For example, the outer layer of frosting for buttercream cake, chocolate cake ganache, or fondant cakes is not too problematic and they can stay out of the fridge for 3 days.

However, if you have cakes with fresh cream or cream cheese frosting or whipped cream or fresh fruit toppings, it’s better if you gobble them up sooner. As far as storing cake is concerned, you can keep them in the fridge for up to five days. But you will have to compromise the taste because these cakes go bad in the fridge with moisture loss and unpleasant dryness.

How to store cakes with cream cheese frosting in the fridge?

Cream cheese topping requires extra attention to detail. It is recommended to add more frosting to the cake to keep it fresh and flavorful in the fridge. However, this step would add a few calories and fat to your cat. Therefore, you can wrap the cake edges with wax paper and put it in an airtight container for a few days.

How to preserve a cake for a week?

A fresh fruit cake, pound cake, or sponge cakes would stay fresh for a week, especially if you wrap it up in greaseproof paper or aluminum foil. Place it in a sealed tin in a cool dark place to keep it fresh.

How to store cake with buttercream frosted cake?

To store cake with buttercream frosting, make sure to cover it properly so no moisture escapes. Wrap the cake with plastic wrap or wax paper to maintain freshness overnight. You can then place it in the fridge in an airtight container.

How do you know when a cake is spoiled?

Here are a few signs to look out for bad or spoiled cake.

  1. Bad smell
  2. Slimy filling
  3. Hard outer layer
  4. Moldy appearance

How to use leftover cake?

You can use the leftover cakes in a variety of unique ways and turn them into sweet tasty treats for your loved ones. You can make cake pops by combining cake crumbs and leftover cake icing and toppings.

In delicious desserts like Tiramisu, you can use fingers of leftover cake instead of ladyfingers or you can even make bread pudding or French toast with cake.

There are limitless options you can try with your leftover cake and turn into something more appetizing and exciting homemade treats for your friends and family.

Can you keep the cake in the refrigerator overnight?

Yes, refrigerating cakes, especially frosted cakes is the best way to store them properly. If you have cakes that are not being used in the coming days. Cover the cake properly and refrigerate.

This method is especially useful if your cake is fresh cream cake and has a fresh fruit filling or topping with whipped cream frosting or mascarpone. Refrigerating cakes prior to serving is an excellent way to store cakes.

Final Thoughts

Cakes are one of the most delicious desserts for all of your occasions, but sometimes, when they get a little out of hand, you need to arrange a proper storage system for your cakes, so you can enjoy these yummy treats with your family on the following days.

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