Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake? [How To Do It Right]

Angel food cake is light, fluffy, and moist when it is fresh and you can top it with almost anything. This makes it a perfect dessert for everyone because they can put whatever they like on it. But what do you do when you have half an angel food cake left over? You freeze it into convenient slices, of course.

Homemade and store-bought angel food cakes freeze well for up to 6 months. You can freeze a whole cake, but since you will need to eat it quickly when it thaws, you may want to freeze individual portions instead.

The trick to a successfully frozen angel food cake is to wrap slices of the cake in multiple layers of plastic wrap or foil, then place them in freezer bags and in an air-tight container. All these layers help preserve the moisture in the cake and prevent it from absorbing smells from other foods.

Keep reading for specifics on freezing angel food cakes, thawing angel food cakes, dealing with them drying out, and delicious topping ideas. 

Freeze A Plain Angel Food Cake

When you have baked or bought an angel food cake, but you don’t need it right away, you can freeze it for up to 6 months. Wrap the cake completely in two layers of plastic wrap or foil, making sure that it is completely covered.

Then slide it into a heavy-duty freezer bag. If you have a large enough rigid container, go ahead and place the bag in that as well to protect the cake from being crushed in the freezer. 

While you can freeze a whole cake, you shouldn’t thaw and re-freeze the cake. Therefore, only use this method if you are going to serve and eat the whole cake at one time.

Freeze Plain Angel Food Cake In Well-Wrapped Portions

Whether you got your angel food cake from a bakery or made it yourself, you can freeze the leftovers. Angel food cake freezes well because it is mostly egg whites and sugar.

Slice your angel food cake into portion-sized slices. Package them one or two at a time by wrapping them in 2 layers of plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Next, place the packages into a heavy-duty freezer bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bag.

Finally, put the bag into a rigid air-tight container, add the date, and place it in the freezer. It may seem extreme to provide this many layers around your angel food cake, but they all serve a purpose. The extra layers of plastic wrap and the freezer bag help to keep the angel food cake from absorbing any other smells or flavors from other foods in the freezer.

The rigid container will keep the slices from being squished by other, heavier objects in the freezer. Use your angel food cake within 6 months for the best results. 

Freeze Plain Angel Food Cupcakes

When you make angel food cake, you may know in advance that you only need half of the cake for one meal. You can make angel food cupcakes for an easy way to serve and later to freeze any remaining cakes.

Once you are ready to freeze the cupcakes, wrap them in a double layer of plastic wrap or foil and place them in a freezer bag. Then put the bag into a rigid container to prevent the cupcakes from being crushed by other items in the freezer. Angel food cupcakes are convenient portion sizes for freezing and eating later.

Freezing Angel Food Cake With Toppings

You will get the best results by freezing plain angel food cake without toppings or frosting on it. Whipped cream or other whipped frostings tend to disintegrate as they defrost which would ruin the texture of your cake. While other frostings do freeze well, like American buttercream, they do better when frozen separately from the cake.

The same holds true for a fruit topping or compote. The moisture from these toppings will absorb into the cake and cause it to deteriorate as it thaws. You should freeze the fruit topping in a separate container and add it just before serving the cake for the best result. 

Defrosting Angel Food Cake

You can defrost your slices of angel food cake by placing the amount you want in the refrigerator before you head out in the morning. Or, if you are in a hurry, you can unwrap it and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. 

Either way, you should eat the cake right away, rather than trying to save it for more than a few hours after defrosting. Thawed angel food cake is likely to become dry and crumbly after defrosting. The sooner you eat it, the better it will be.

Even if it does become dry and crumbly, you can still save it by swerving it with a sauce. You can make a fruit compote or sauce, or top it with chocolate sauce. Angel food cake will soak up whatever kind of sauce you want to top it with and will intensify the flavor.

Topping Off Angel Food Cake

While angel food cake is delicious all on its own, one of the wonderful things about it is that you can dress it up with your favorite toppings or in some cases, you can change the recipe and bake the add-ins directly into the cake. Pineapple angel food cake only takes two ingredients and freezes beautifully. If you want toppings, like a fruit compote, serve it on the side, then freeze the compote and cake separately.

Pineapple Angel Food Cake

A popular and simple version of angel food cake is to mix a box of angel food cake mix and one 20 ounces can of crushed pineapple. Mix the two ingredients well then bake in a tube pan for 40-45 minutes. This is a super simple dessert to whip up any time you have company over. 

You can also freeze this simple and delicious cake. Double wrap individual slices or whole cakes and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 6 months. If you freeze individual portions, you will always have a quick and delicious snack ready when your sweet tooth has a craving. 

Fruit Compote Topping For Angel Food Cake

One of the delights of an angel food cake is that it soaks up the sauces or toppings that you serve it with, whether that is fruit, cream, or chocolate. You can make a fruit compote in only 10 minutes with a few simple ingredients. 

In a saucepan, combine 2 pints of sliced strawberries, 2 pints of raspberries, 1 pint of blackberries, and 1 cup of sugar. Add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and simmer for ten minutes.

Serve the compote warn on top of your angel food cake and top with whipped cream. You can also freeze your compote topping in an airtight container and defrost it when you are ready to serve your angel food cake. 

Freezing Angel Food Cake Mix

There is no need to freeze angel food cake mix. It is shelf-stable for a long time, even a bit past its “best by” date. For an angel food cake, the mix will be good to eat 2-3 months past the “best by” date provided it is stored properly in a dark, dry environment.

Remember that angel food cake is primarily egg whites and sugar. If you are using a cake mix far past the expiration date, the powdered egg whites may not achieve the desired consistency and airiness.

Freezing Angel Food Cake Batter

Most cake batters freeze quite well. However, angel food cake batter may not hold up well for a long time in the freezer because it is primarily egg whites and doesn’t have any oil or fats in it.

Frozen angel food cake batter may result in a denser cake than a freshly baked cake. You should not freeze angel food cake batter for more than three months. 

Try freezing angel food cake batter as cupcakes. Line your cupcake tins with cupcake papers and fill them just as you would for baking. Then freeze them. When they are frozen, remove them from the tins and place them in a freezer bag and then a rigid container.

Place the frozen cupcake batters back in the tins in the refrigerator to thaw. When the batter completely thaws, bake the cupcakes according to the original package instructions.

You can use a similar method to freeze a full-sized cake. Line the pan with parchment paper and fill it with the cake batter. Freeze it, then you can pop out the whole cake parchment paper and all. Wrap it in plastic wrap and slide it into a freezer bag.

Add the date to the bag and return it to the freezer. Defrost the batter by placing it back in the same pan you started with and putting it in the refrigerator. After thawing, bake your cake according to the original instructions.

Final Thoughts

Angel food cake freezes nicely for up to 6 months when it is wrapped carefully. Because it has a delicate taste, you should protect the flavor of angel food cake with at least two layers of plastic wrap and a freezer bag so that it doesn’t absorb other tastes or smells from the freezer.

After you wrap the slices completely, store them in a rigid container to keep them from being crushed in the freezer. Plain angel food cake freezes the best. Freeze any toppings or frosting separately or prepare it just before you are ready to serve the cake. 

Angel food cake may become dry after being defrosted, so it is best to eat it right away. With a little care, you can have this delicious cake with a variety of toppings anytime. 

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