For centuries, sponge cakes have been a favorite for baking. They are light and fluffy with a soft, spongy texture that is not too dense or too dry.
Different types of sponge cakes include the French Soufflé Sponge Cake, the Italian Sponge Cake, and the American Sponge Cake.
These cakes are usually filled with whipped cream or some other sweet filling of choice.
If you baked sponge cake at home and have some leftovers, you might be wondering if you can freeze them for later?
Yes, you can freeze sponge cake. Due to their texture, the cake freeze quite well. You can either freeze the cake whole or pre-sliced it. Properly stored in an airtight container, sponge cake will last for about 3 months in the freezer.
Does Sponge Cake Freeze Well?
The answer to this question is, in general, yes. Sponge cake freezes well when it is prepared correctly.
However, there are a few things you should know before freezing your sponge cake. You should prepare the cake by lining the edges with aluminum foil or plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn that may occur when the cake is removed from the baking dish and placed in a freezer bag.
Be sure to store sponge cakes in an airtight container to avoid any potential water absorption while frozen.
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A frozen sponge cake is a perfect dessert for those who don’t have the time to make an elaborate cake or those who want to save time. In this section, we’ll teach you how to prep and freeze a cake that will be as delicious as any other frozen dessert.
Step 1: Allow to Cool Down
After the sponge cake is baked, allow it to cool down to room temperature. It’s not a good idea to put the cake in the freezer while it’s still hot. Doing so will cause condensation to form which will destroy the cake when it’s frozen.
Also, the warmth of the cake will cause other foods around it to prematurely melt.
Step 2: Portioning
Depending on how much sponge cake you will eat, try to portion them. If you’re going to need a lot of sponge cake, freeze them in large portions.
Otherwise, it’s best to slice the sponge cake and freeze them in smaller portions. That way, you will only need to remove what you need from the freezer.
Step 3: Wrapping
Wrap each slice of sponge cake in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. These items will prevent the cake from getting a freezer burn. Make sure to wrap the cake so that no part of it is exposed.
Step 4: Place in Freezer Bag
Once all the cake is wrapped, gently place them into the freezer bag.
Then, press on the bag to remove any excess air before sealing.
Step 5: Label and Freeze
Using a marker, write the date of freezing on the bag. This will help you remember when it was frozen and when to use it. Then place the sponge cake into the freezer.
How Long Can You Freeze Sponge Cake?
The shelf life for a sponge cake varies depending on the type of cake and how much sugar is in it. It also depends on the type of frosting and any other add-ins that you put into the cake.
Generally, you can freeze a sponge cake for 2-3 months. After that time, the cake will start to deteriorate in quality. What you will notice is the texture will become soft and lose some of its flavors.
However, sponge cake can still be safely eaten beyond that point. The only thing you might not enjoy is the taste of it.
How Do You Defrost Sponge Cake?
When it comes to defrosting sponge cake, you will need to be careful with it. Thawing the cake improperly will result in the cake becoming too dry.
There are a couple of different methods to thaw sponge cake.
The first method to defrost a sponge cake is to put it into the refrigerator. Let it sit in the fridge overnight and it will be completely thawed in the morning.
The second method is to use the microwave. Before doing so, you should start by letting it sit at room temperature for an hour. After that, you can microwave it for 15 seconds in a low-power setting. If the cake is still too hard after being microwaved, you can microwave it for another 10 seconds.
Can You Refreeze Sponge Cake?
Sponge cake can be frozen more than once, but I highly recommend that you don’t. When the sponge cake is frozen and thawed multiple times, it will cause the cake to become dry.
To avoid having to refreeze sponge cake, it’s a good idea to freeze them in small portions. That way, you will only need to remove what you need from the freezer without worrying about any leftovers and refreezing it.
Other Questions about Sponge Cake
Can you freeze sponge cake with icing?
Yes, but keep in mind that your frosting will become very hard due to freezing
However, if you want to conserve the taste and texture of your cake, it is best to place a layer of cling wrap over the top. This will prevent the condensation from seeping through the top layer and soaking into your cake.
Can you freeze sponge cake with jam?
Yes, you can freeze sponge cake with jam. It is important to make sure that the cake is cooled before you put it in the freezer.
It is important to note that there are certain things to consider before freezing the cake, such as freezing it flat and not in layers or freezing it with whipped cream.