How to Store a Fondant Cake

So you have just made or purchased a gorgeous fondant cake. Now what? Should you leave it sitting on the counter or stick it in the fridge?  Most of the time, fondant cakes are fine on the counter for up to three days. They can be placed in the fridge or freezer for longer longevity.

Hello! My name is Michelle, and I love fondant cakes! Fondant is so much fun to work with, and the final product is mesmerizing. Whether it’s a fun fondant birthday cake for a two-year-old or a brilliant wedding cake, fondant is always an excellent option. Storing is a cinch, too.

Storing your fondant cake is important, so I’m glad you’re stumbling upon this article rather than just winging it. This article will teach you everything you need to know about storing a fondant cake the right way.

What are we waiting for? Let’s store our fondant cakes!

How to Store a Fondant Cake

Storing a fondant cake is a breeze. You can use the counter, refrigerator, or freezer, depending on your needs. The rules are pretty simple. Just follow this simple how-to guide.

Step 1: Store On the Counter For Up to Three Days

The best way to store a fondant cake is to wrap it up or put it in a cake box and leave it right on the countertop. Fondant cakes can easily last on the counter for up to three days. When storing on the counter, make sure the cake is not in direct sunlight or stuck underneath too much light.

Of course, storing on the counter is not always feasible, though.

Fondant cakes should not be stored in areas where there are high temperatures or high humidity. The best temperature is at least 70F or below without too much humidity. Otherwise, the fondant will begin to condensate or ‘sweat,’ leading to an ugly cake.

Fondant cakes with perishable fillings inside, like fresh fruits or custard, should also avoid the counter. This brings us to our next step in the how-to store a fondant cake guide: the fridge.

Step 2: Stick in the Fridge – If Necessary

If you are planning to eat the fondant cake within three days, the area is cool and dry, and there are no perishable fillings, then there is no reason for the fridge to come into play. Your cake will be perfectly fine (and far more scrumptious) sitting on the countertop, ready to eat.

If you need to stick it in the fridge, though, don’t hesitate to do so. Sometimes the fridge is necessary for saving your cake. Just make sure that the fondant cake is covered properly. 

When stored in the fridge, the longevity only changes slightly. For example, fondant cakes with perishable fillings only last a few days. On the other hand, if you have a regular fondant cake and you’re trying to avoid humidity, it might last up to four. 

Still, whether you’re storing it in the fridge or not, you want to eat the cake as soon as possible for the best results. When consuming fondant cake from the fridge, it is suggested to set it out for about an hour before eating. This will provide the best texture.

Step 3: Freezer for Extended Storage

Have a fondant cake that needs to be stored longer than three days? Then, the freezer is the go-to. In fact, you can easily freeze a fondant cake for up to a year without any negative impacts. Even heavily decorated and designed fondant cakes can last in the freezer.

Now, unless you like frozen cake (like me), you will want to set the frozen fondant cake in the fridge the night before. This is because your fondant cake needs to thaw slowly. A rapid thaw on the countertop could lead to negative impacts on your cake, especially aesthetically. 

FAQs

The counter is the best place to put your fondant cake except for certain circumstances. If you still have some prying questions about fondant cake storage, keep reading! We’re sharing some of the most frequently asked questions below.

Can you put a cake with fondant in the refrigerator?

Most of the time, it’s not necessary to store a fondant cake in the refrigerator. However, if it has a perishable filling or the area has high temperatures and humidity, then the fridge is fine. Just make sure it is wrapped or placed in a cake box to avoid wilting and sweating.

How long in advance can I make a fondant cake?

Fondant cakes should only be made a day or two before the event, as they won’t last beyond three days on the counter. However, you can make the actual fondant up to five weeks before it’s applied to the cake. Just make sure it is stored at room temperature in an airtight container.

Will fondant harden in the fridge?

Yes. That is why it is best to let the fondant cake thaw a bit on the counter before serving. Otherwise, the texture might be altered and less enjoyable.

Can a fondant cake sit out overnight?

Yes! Fondant cake can sit out overnight. In fact, it can sit on your kitchen countertop for up to three days. Just make sure that the area is at least 70F or below; otherwise, the fondant cake could sweat. Cakes with perishable fillings should not sit out overnight, though. 

How do you store fondant cake in humid weather?

In humid environments, a fondant cake should always be placed in the fridge. It shouldn’t sit on the counter for an extended period, or it will begin to wilt or sweat. This is especially true for fondant cakes with perishable fillings. They can go bad quickly in the humidity.

Final Thoughts

Fondant cakes are great, but they need to be stored properly for the best results. Almost all fondant cakes can sit on the counter for up to three days at room temperature. However, high temperatures and humidity, and perishable fillings will require storage in the fridge.

How do you store your fondant cakes?

About Michelle
I have been a lover of sweets since day one. This led me on a self-taught baking journey starting at the age of 13. It's been over 10 years since the start of my baking adventures, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Now, people rave about my delectable treats, whether it’s a chocolate cake or a strawberry crepe.

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