How Far in Advance Can You Bake a Cake

Betty’s Baking Tip:

How Far in Advance Can You Bake a Cake?

Learn how far in advance you can bake a cake with Betty Crocker™.

Life doesn’t always afford us the time we need to prep for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and promotions. So if you need to bake a cake in advance, we’ve got some tips on how early you should do this.

How Far in Advance Can You Bake a Cake?

Un-iced: If you don’t need to ice your cake until the day, you can bake your cake at least 2-3 days ahead of time. But you will need to store it carefully. Wrap it and seal it in an airtight container so it doesn’t lose moisture.

Iced: The icing will lock moisture in, but if you’re making a buttercream or cream cheese icing, it will only have a couple of days before it will need to be refrigerated or frozen. Ideally, make an iced cake the day to keep it fresh.

Refrigerated: Your cakes will last longer in the fridge, but for an event you won’t want to push it longer than about 3 days. Make sure you wrap them carefully, and take them out for an hour to return to room temperature before you serve.

Freezing: If you’re freezing cakes, they can last for up to 2 months in the freezer if properly stored. You will need to thaw your frozen cake overnight before you decorate and serve it.

Now that you know how far in advance to bake a cake, you can start planning what to cook for your next event.

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