Angel Food Cake

Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake to Eat Later?

Light, sweet, and airy, angel food cake is a delicious treat that can be enjoyed with a variety of toppings from cream, custard, and buttercream frosting, to fruit, jam, and chocolate glaze.

Due to its low-fat content however, this piece of deliciousness only stays fresh for a couple of days. The good news is, if stored correctly, you can freeze any extra angel food cake and enjoy it for weeks to come without wasting a single crumb.  

Below you will learn everything you need to know about freezing angel food cake to retain the best texture and flavor for future consumption. 

Types of Angel Food Cake

Angel food cake is a light and fluffy sponge-like cake with a delicate texture. What truly defines an angel food cake is that it does not contain any egg yolks or any type of fat, butter, shortening, or oil.  It is made using a base of egg whites, flour, and sugar.

Although all types of angel food cake adhere to the same base ingredients excluding egg yolks and fats, the cake can be made in a variety of flavors including vanilla, chocolate, orange, or lemon. 

The cake can be served dusted lightly with icing sugar, glazed, frosted, or with a dollop of cream. Once the base of the cake is made, the sky is really the limit with how you want to decorate, frost, or fill it.

Can I Freeze Angel Food Cake?

Angel food cake can indeed be frozen. Since the cake does not contain any fats or oils, it does not retain much moisture on freezing. It is therefore important to follow guidelines for freezing the cake to ensure it maintains an excellent quality upon defrosting. 

Angel food cake needs to be placed in the freezer while it is still fresh, preferably no older than 2 or 3 days.  Remember that a cake that is old before freezing, will still be old after freezing. Placing the cake in the freezer will not improve its quality or freshness.

Being an exceptionally light cake, it is best to freeze angel food cake without any toppings as this could weigh it down in the freezer. Your best bet is to make (or buy) the cake and freeze it plain.

Once defrosted, add toppings and decorate to your heart’s content ensuring that the cake not only looks beautiful but that the toppings have not spoiled the cake’s texture and taste. 

Continue reading to find out exactly which toppings are suitable for freezing if you have already decorated the cake or need to freeze leftovers

How To Freeze Angel Food Cake

Due to its low-fat ingredient composition, angel food cake can dry out easily in the freezer. Follow the below steps to keep your cake party-fresh even after having been in the freezer.

How To Freeze A Whole Angel Food Cake

Step 1: Cool

If you have a freshly baked angel food cake, cool it completely to room temperature. Two hours of cooling time should be enough. It is best to freeze the cake as soon as it has cooled completely and is still fresh to prevent it from losing moisture and drying out.

To prevent the cake from being weighed down in the freezer, leave the frosting and decorating to once the cake is defrosted, just before serving.

Step 2: Cling Wrap

Double wrap the entire cake in cling film twice. Make sure all the corners are completely covered and sealed. The aim here is to ensure that no part of the cake is exposed to air whatsoever.

Gaps in the wrapping can lead to freezer burn, loss of moisture which leads to dry out the cake, and odor absorption from surrounding foods.

Step 3: Foil Wrap

Wrap the cake one more time in foil, covering it thoroughly without leaving any exposed gaps.  Alternatively, if you have a resealable freezer bag big enough for your cake you can place it in there, pressing out all the air before sealing. 

Step 4: Label

Label the wrapped cake with a date of when it was frozen so that you can keep track of how long it has been in the freezer.

Step 5: Freeze

On placing the cake in the freezer, it will still be soft and delicate. You can place the wrapped cake in a Tupperware to prevent it from being squashed by other items. Alternatively, put it on a large freezer-friendly plate or board to ensure that it remains on an even surface.

How To Freeze Angel Food Cake Leftovers

Step 1: Keep it Fresh

It is best to freeze the cake as fresh as possible to prevent it from losing moisture and drying out. If you are not going to eat the cake within 5 days, freeze it instead.

Step 2: Remove Cream Topping

Remove any fresh cream or fresh fruit topping from the cake as these do not freeze well and will spoil the cake. If the cake has been iced with buttercream, filled with jam, or dusted with icing sugar, it is perfectly fine to freeze with the topping intact.

Step 3: Portion

Portion the cake into slices or squares so that you can simply defrost as much as you need at a time.

Step 4: Cling Wrap

Double wrap each piece individually in cling film. Make sure all the corners are completely covered and sealed so that there is no exposure to air. Gaps in the wrapping can lead to freezer burn, loss of moisture, and odor absorption from surrounding foods.

Step 5: Foil Wrap

Wrap the pieces together or individually, one more time in foil, covering it thoroughly without leaving any exposed areas.  Alternatively, place the cake in a zip lock freezer bag and lightly squeeze out all the air before sealing it.

Step 6: Label

Label the wrapped cake with a date of when it was frozen so that you can keep track of how long it has been in the freezer.

Step 7: Freeze

On placing the cake in the freezer, it will still be soft and delicate. You can place the wrapped cake in a Tupperware to prevent it from being squashed by other items. 

How To Freeze Store-bought Angel Food Cake

Store-bought angel food cake rarely comes laden with toppings and is generally packaged plain or lightly glazed. This makes it great for freezing. 

Another thing about store-bought pre-packaged cakes is that they usually contain some kind of stabilizers and preservatives which increases their shelf life and keeps them slightly more moist than the all-natural home-made type.

If the store-bought cake has come in a plastic base and dome lid, you will need to remove it and wrap it yourself in 2 layers of clingfilm. There is too much exposure to the air around the cake in the dome which will not only spoil the cake but also dry it out.

If the cake is in a plastic sealed packet, make sure to remove all the air by piercing the bag, lightly pressing out the air, and then double wrapping the cake in 2 layers of clingfilm.

Wrap the cake again in foil or place it in a resealable freezer bag squeezing out the air before sealing. Label and freeze as outlined in the previous section.

How To Thaw Frozen Angel Food Cake

Defrosted angel food cake is best consumed within one to two days after thawing.

Step 1: Refrigerate

Remove your cake from the freezer and place it in the fridge to defrost for a few hours while still wrapped.

Step 2: Remove Wrapping

Once thawed, remove the wrapping from the cake.

Step 3: Restore Moisture

If the cake has dried out during freezing, you can warm it up for just a few seconds in the microwave right before eating. In addition, serve it with a fresh topping of fruit compote, cream, or custard.

Note: It is not advisable to place buttercream frosted cakes in the microwave. The frosting will melt, separate, and become gooey.


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Conclusion

Angel food cake may seem a little boring to some at first glance. However, a taste adventure awaits with angel food cake as a blank canvas to decorate, fill, and drape in a delicious variety of sweet goodness. Whether it is cream, custard, traditional frosting, fresh fruit, chocolate ganache, caramel, or fruit glaze, the options are endless.

Not only is angel food cake good for a fresh tea-time treat but it serves as a great base for repurposing in other puddings, party treats, and even indulgent breakfasts. Freeze the cake as soon as possible and keep it for later enjoyment rather than tossing this airy and delicate baked masterpiece.

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