Q. I’ve been asked to make my famous carrot cake for our family picnic next weekend, but I am busy all week and won’t have time to bake it before the picnic. I don’t want to let everyone down since it’s a tradition that I’ve kept up every year. I have some free time this weekend and am thinking about making the cake in advance. I am thinking of freezing the cake and then thawing it for the picnic. I don’t want the cake to dry out or the icing to taste funny. Can you freeze carrot cake?
A. Yes, you can freeze carrot cake. It’s not uncommon to see frozen carrot cakes on supermarket shelves, and you too can bake and freeze a carrot cake in advance without any problem. The moistness of the cake shouldn’t be affected if the cake is wrapped and stored properly. As for the icing, you can either freeze the cake already frosted, or put on the icing after thawing. Your call.
How to freeze carrot cake?
To freeze the carrot cake, first bake the cake according to your famous recipe. Then, allow the cake to cool completely. This part is very important, because if the cake is still warm when you put it in the freezer it will go mushy and sticky after thawing. Allow the cake to cool very thoroughly first.
To freeze the carrot cake without icing, wrap the cake tightly in a double layer of plastic wrap, and then again in another layer of aluminum foil. Place in the freezer where it will not get squished. You can also place it in a specially designed cake box that will keep the cake protected. To thaw a, simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw at room temperature for several hours or until thawed completely. Ice the cake using your preferred frosting.
To freeze the carrot cake already iced, place the unwrapped cake with icing in the freezer for about an hour, or until the icing hardens. Then, wrap the cake in plastic wrap followed by a layer of aluminum foil, or place in a cake box. To thaw, remove the foil and the plastic wrap after taking the cake out of the freezer so the icing doesn’t cling to it once thawed. Allow the cake to thaw on the counter for several hours or overnight until thawed completely. Previously frozen carrot cake should be eaten within 2-3 days for optimum freshness.