Freezing cakes for later can be a great way to get a head start on dessert. Follow our directions on how to freeze layer cakes and sheet cakes so you can always have a delicious dessert at the ready.

By Andrea Beck
September 06, 2019

Make whipping up a last-minute dessert even easier by learning how to freeze cakes. It’s simple to save your sheet cakes and layer cakes for a later date by tossing them in the freezer. They’ll come out tasting just as good as the day they were frozen. Our instructions for how to freeze cake layers and sheet cakes will help you stay one step ahead of prepping for birthdays, weddings, and any occasion that calls for a cake. All that will be left is the cake decorating.

How to Freeze Layer Cakes

Layer cakes can be a little easier to freeze than sheet cakes because you don’t have to clear out as much space in your freezer for them. Here’s the process for freezing cake layers.

Remove the cakes from their pans, such as Wilton's Non-Stick Round Cake Pan, $5.97, Walmart, and let them cool completely on wire racks. Wrap each cake layer individually in plastic wrap, making sure it’s as airtight as possible.

Place each plastic-wrapped cake in an airtight container or wrap in foil. Label each layer with the date you’re freezing it. Freeze for up to 6 months.

How to Freeze Sheet Cakes

Depending on the size of sheet cake you’re freezing, the instructions for freezing can be a little different. Make some space in your freezer then follow these directions.

For a 13x9 cake, remove it from the pan and allow to cool completely on wire racks, such as Bellemain's Cooling Rack, $12.50, Amazon. For a 15x10 cake, allow it to cool completely in the pan, then remove. For both sizes, wrap the cake in plastic wrap and put back in the pan or on a tray for stability, making sure the plastic wrap is airtight.

Cover the pan or tray with foil and label with the date. For 13x9 cakes, you can use a pan like Wilton's Nonstick 13x9 Baking Pan, $10.99, Target. Freeze for up to 6 months.

How to Decorate a Frozen Cake

Luckily, serving a previously frozen cake is as easy as the freezing process. When you’re ready to decorate your cake, remove it from the freezer, unwrap it, and frost it any way you want. You don’t even have to let the cake thaw before you start adding dollops of buttercream frosting (or your frosting of choice)—you can start decorating straight out of the freezer. However, if you’re in a humid climate, your cake might “sweat” a little as it defrosts. In that case, to keep your decorations looking picture-perfect, let the cake thaw before frosting.

Now you’ll never find yourself without cake again! Since cakes will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months, if you have a quiet afternoon or weekend, you can get ahead on your birthday baking for months by saving your unfrosted cakes in the freezer. Whenever a celebration is coming up, you can focus on the fun of decorating your cakes instead of having to start from scratch.

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