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Home | Baking and Cooking Tips | How to Freeze Iced Cakes and Cupcake . . .

How to Freeze Iced Cakes and Cupcakes

Elizabeth Barbone
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Tags: tips, cakes, icing

December 2, 2013

Did you know that you can freeze buttercream iced cakes and cupcakes? Yup! You can! Simply make a batch of your favorite cake or cupcakes and allow to cool. When cool, ice with buttercream icing--other icings like cooked or boiled frosting don't freeze well. Then pop the cake or cupcakes into the freezer. This step does require some freezer room. Be sure to check out your freezer before you start this project. After about six hours, the buttercream will be frozen. Then the remove cake or cupcakes from the freezer and wrap with plastic wrap. 


You can keep a frosted cake or cupcakes in the freezer for up to three months. And when the craving for cake strikes, simply remove the cake or cupcakes from the freezer, remove the plastic wrap, and thaw at room temperature. This takes about three hours. If you have the chance, remove the cake from the freezer the night before serving. If not, you need at least three hours. 

Here are the steps:

  • Bake cake and allow to cool.
  • Ice with buttercream icing.
  • Freeze iced cake or cupcakes. 
  • Wrap iced cake or cupcakes when icing is frozen. This takes about six hours. 
  • Freeze cakes for up to three months. 
  • Remove cake from freezer and remove plastic wrap. 
  • Thaw on your counter for six hours or overnight. 

About the author: Elizabeth Barbone is the owner and editor of and is the author of Easy Gluten-Free Baking. and "How to Cook Gluten-Free".


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