Imagine having just baked the best-ever angel food cake for tonight’s gathering only to find out that most of your guests won’t be able to make it after all.
Before you despair, you need to think of alternatives.
The first thing that probably springs to mind is to freeze the cake and keep it for those late-night sweet cravings.
But can you actually freeze angel food cake, or should you just keep it in the fridge for a day or two and then throw the rest of it away?
Keep on reading below to find out if you can freeze your masterpiece or cry as you throw it in the bin!
Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake?
Good news, people! Luckily angel food cake can be kept in the freezer and eaten later in the week if needed.
In fact, you can even enjoy it later in the month, or even months ahead, as when frozen it lasts for up to 6 months. Amazing, right?
Unlike so many desserts, angel food cake is low in fat and oil. As a result, it ends up losing moisture and dries out way faster.
This is why you must freeze it as soon as you can to protect its spongy, moist, and pleasant mouthfeel.
Angel Food Cake Freezing Instructions
To some, angel food cake might be the softest and most delightful of desserts you can bake.
This is due to the fact that the main ingredient is egg whites turned into a whipped cream that is simply angelic.
This very delicateness of it makes freezing a procedure you need to carefully complete to ensure that your cake will have the same look and taste when you decide to defrost it.
So, here are some instructions on how to achieve this:
- Cut the cake into individual servings. Seal every slice twice in cling film or tinfoil. The double protective layer will aid in the prevention of freezer burn, which is that nasty stage of food soaking up the odors of nearby products.
- Put the covered slices in ziplock bags. Try squeezing out any extra air before sealing the pouches.
- To remember the date you froze them, tag the pouches with the present date. As we said, you can freeze the cake slices for half a year!
- Freeze the bags in a Tupperware box, as that will keep the cake’s form safe from other products that might squish it.
- Eat the cake before the 6 months pass by (the easy part!)
This strategy works not only for homemade cakes but also for store-bought ones.
In fact, store-bought cakes that are not produced in the store itself are almost certainly shipped as frozen, so you can certainly freeze them again.
If you intend to freeze your fresh-made angel food cake, you can do so but you need to leave out the icing and the rest of the heavy toppings you might add as they will add pressure on the sponge and squish it well before it gets to freeze.
Top tip: Let the cake come to room temperature and then freeze it. In most cases, a couple of hours are enough time for that.
Defrosting Your Angel Food Cake
If you want to eat a portion of that gorgeous angel food cake, take it out of the freezer but do not leave it on the countertop.
It is best to first put it in the fridge for a couple of hours so that it can gradually warm up.
Once you see that it has softened and looks like it would if you’d just made it, then you can take it out and leave it on the countertop for no more than a couple of minutes.
However, if you don’t mind the coolness, you can always enjoy it the moment it’s out of the fridge.
It is important to note here that you should never leave it on the countertop or table for too long, as a defrosted angel food cake will quickly dry up.
Having lost all its moisture when frozen, it should be eaten as soon as possible if you want to taste it as soft and delicious as you remember it.
If you don’t eat defrosted angel food cake instantly, it will dry out and turn into a flaky and tasteless sponge.
Nevertheless, if you forget it on the table and see that it has dried up, you can always trick yourself with some sauce or fruit slices on top that can add some moisture to it.
Alternatively, put it in the microwave for 4-5 seconds to ‘moisturize’ it. And remember; the thawed cake should not be refrozen.
Advice On How To Keep Your Angel Food Cake Fresh
If you do not plan to keep angel food cakes for more than a week, simply store them in the fridge.
It will hold well enough in that temperature for a week if wrapped in tin foil or cling film.
It’ll also prevent the loss of moisture and keep the cake’s sponge from drying out.
If you decide to keep your angel food cake on the table as a centerpiece, you should know that it will only stay fresh and safe to eat for no more than a couple of days.
Ideally, you should keep it in some Tupperware or cake storage containers and avoid cutting it in slices, as those can dry out much faster.
Even though these storage recommendations can keep your angel food cake fresh for some time, it never hurts to test the cake’s freshness before snacking on it or serving it to those guests who decided to visit you two days later.
How can you tell if your cake is okay to eat? First of all, have a look at how it looks. If you detect some mold, then it’s time to say goodbye.
If there’s nothing wrong visually, use your nose and take a sniff of the cake to see if it has an “off” odor.
Even if you sense an unusual odor, simply throw it away.
In general, if you believe that the cake has been sitting on your table for too long, or you know that you’ve kept it in your fridge for longer than a week or in your freezer for longer than 6 months, then it’s best to make a new one and throw the old one away.
The Bottom Line
Angel food cake can be frozen, so do not worry if you cannot eat it all in one day.
However, you should follow our advice and the tips provided above to make sure that you will not ruin it and let all your effort go to waste.