Can You Freeze Coffee Cake?

Many people love coffee cake, but can you freeze coffee cake to save it for later? Read on to know more about storing coffee cakes.

Can you freeze coffee cake?
You can freeze coffee cake

Yes, you can freeze coffee cake for some time to save it. Simply wrap it in aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag. 

You can leave it in the freezer for two to three months if it is frozen correctly. After this, the quality will be somewhat diminished, though it will remain safe beyond that point. For best quality, the cake should be constantly frozen at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Technically, this will keep the cake safe indefinitely.

Can You Freeze Coffee Cake? Will It Ruin The Cake?

Sliced chocolate and coffee cake
Coffee cakes do not get ruined when frozen correctly

No, not as long as you do it correctly. Decorated cakes often don’t do well when frozen. They tend to contract and expand during the process. Often, this leads to the decorations messing up. 

However, unfrosted cakes like coffee cakes often do just fine. They can last indefinitely in the freezer, though their quality will lessen over time. You probably don’t want them to stay frozen for more than three months. 

Of course, you should follow the directions carefully. Improperly freezing a cake can cause frostbite and similar issues. 

How Do You Defrost A Coffee Cake?

Preferably, you should thaw the coffee cake in the refrigerator with cellophane wrap. Often, the cake will be plenty thaw after staying in the fridge overnight. 

You can also thaw the coffee cake at room temperature. Simply leave the cake wrapped up and put it on the counter to thaw for one to one and a half hours. 

You can also reheat the coffee cake. Simply remove the cellophane wrap and heat the cake in the microwave. You can also use the oven like you would any other cake. 

Can You Defrost A Cake At Room Temperature?

Cake with melted toppings
It is best to thaw cake in the fridge

Yes. You can defrost a cake at room temperature. Leave it wrapped up and wait about one to one and a half hours. After it is completely thawed, you can reheat the cake in the microwave or oven. 

Thawing in the fridge is best, though, as it helps ensure that the whole cake thaws equally. Otherwise, the middle may be less thawed than the rest of it. If this occurs, the cake likely won’t heat up correctly. 

How Long Does It Take To Thaw A Frozen Cake At Room Temperature?

About an hour. It will depend on the size of the cake. Individual pieces will take less time to thaw than a whole cake. 

It is best to thaw the coffee cake in the refrigerator, though. 

Room temperature can work well for times when you’re trying to thaw the cake as quickly as possible, though. Thawing in a fridge often takes a whole day, while room temperature only takes an hour or so. 

How Do You Defrost Coffee Cake Slices Quickly?

Coffee cake slices tend to defrost very quickly, as they are not as bulky as a whole cake. You can put them at room temperature for the fastest defrost. Once they are completely defrosted, you can reheat them in the microwave.

Furthermore, coffee cake slices are much less likely to thaw unevenly. The pieces are smaller, so there is a significantly smaller chance of the middle staying frozen. 

This even thawing allows you to thaw pieces of cake out at room temperature without some of the problems that you often run into with a whole cake. If you have to thaw a coffee cake quickly, we highly recommend thawing out separate pieces of cake at room temperature instead of the whole cake. 

Most coffee cake pieces will only take about an hour to thaw completely. It does depend on the size of the pieces, though. 

Leave the pieces wrapped up while they are thawing. You should unwrap them for reheating, though. 

Resources

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Author

  • Kristin first fell in love with coffee on a trip to Brazil - where she learned that the ground coffee found on American shelves was not the end-all. Today, she loves educating other coffee-lovers on how to make the best cup of coffee, no matter what you enjoy.