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post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 

Hypothetical: 

 

Standard yellow scratch cake, covered in typical american buttercream (butter, powdered sugar, about 6tbs of heavy cream).  In freezer.

 

How long before I have to pitch it? 

 

I've seen many posts on here saying a year or more is fine for cakes.  But then I've also seen posts that say only a couple months for buttercream.  So I'm curious what the popular wisdom is, and where the disconnect is.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 30

It depends upon your freezer. A self-defrost freezer goes through a freeze-thaw-freeze cycle so there's no ice build-up. That means food in your freezer also goes through the same cycle. I wouldn't leave a cake in there for more than a couple weeks. But in a manual defrost freezer, where the temp remains constant, a year is reasonable. 

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post #3 of 30
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Very interesting, thanks.  Now I will have to locate an online forum about freezers so that I can ask how to determine what kind of freezer I have.  icon_biggrin.gif
 

post #4 of 30

Dr, do you have any ice build up? Or is your freezer ice-free?

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post #5 of 30

Honestly if it's been in there that long I would only defrost and use for personal use.  It's probably OK but I wouldn't want to sell it to anyone.  I once had a frosted cupcake wrapped and frozen for over a year in my freezer. (I'd forgotten about it).  I let it thaw and tasted it and it was delicious.  No 'freezer taste' and it was very moist and the buttercream was great.  But again...for personal use only. 
 

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post #6 of 30

I have both kinds of freezers, I use my frosty freezer for long term storage, and have had my sample cakes frozen for 7 months, and my filling for 3 months. I just served it last week and got the order, with much praise of the flavor and texture.

 

In my frost free freezer, I typically only freeze for about 2-4 days for cakes, but a couple months wouldn't be unheard of.

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post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 

Mimi, no ice, so I guess it's self-defrosting. 

 

Such a shame.  We saved a large section of our Christmas cake (so about 7 months old), thinking we'd break it out and eat it at some point.  Guess I'll just toss it out--I'd rather bake a new cake than get sick trying to eat an old one.
 

post #8 of 30
It's not going to make you sick. It just might taste freezer-burned.
post #9 of 30

Definitely won't make you sick, just thaw it out and taste it. If it tastes good, eat it. How was it wrapped?

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post #10 of 30
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It was triple wrapped in saranwrap, then twice in foil.  I appreciate all these helpful comments! 
 

post #11 of 30

Thaw it and give it a try.  It will most likely be fine.  Years ago my dear Grandma would cut a piece of cake for me for events I couldn't be at.  She would put them in a cool whip container and freeze it.  She would cut the best piece, the one with all the flowers.  Next time I would be home it would be defrosting in the fridge for me.  They were always the best.  Partly because of the love, of course.  Occasionally a container would be forgotten and sit in the freezer even longer so it could be many months until I had them.  They were always good.

post #12 of 30

Sweet story, denetteb!

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post #13 of 30

I wouldn't hesitate to eat it. (Providing it still tastes good to you)  Definitely won't harm you.
 

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When I was 13 my mom got married and some terrible homebaker make a monstrosity, complete with pilliars, purple icing and the "Walmart squiggle " that was suppossed to look like roses...it was dry and tasteless and greasy and ugly" so of course my step father kept the top tier, lol! Well, thy didn't wrap it at all, for a whole year. When he took it out of the freezer, it smelled like fish, cardboard, and freezer burn. You could smell it from across the room and after he thawed it, he actually ate some of it. My mother and I were horrified, but it didn't kill him.
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My mother and I were horrified, but it didn't kill him.

 

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