How Long Can You Store Cake In The Fridge? (Storage Tips)

Who doesn’t love a decadent cake or cobbler as an after-dinner snack? We love to make all kinds of cakes just for fun.

Chocolate cake, tiramisu, and cobbler are our favorites. They’re all super tasty and generally easy to make.

Cakes aren’t very finicky when it comes to storage and longevity, but there are certain rules that should be followed to ensure quality and tastiness. 

Chocolate cake and other types of regular cake that have buttercream or ganache topping last 3-4 days in the fridge and if they have custard, cream, cream cheese, or fresh fruit toppings, they will last 1-2 days. Tiramisu lasts a maximum of 4 days in the fridge and cobbler will last 4-5 days.  A cake with frosting protecting it from dry air will keep for a longer time period than a cake without frosting. A store bought cake will also keep for around 1-2 weeks in the fridge while a homemade cake will last for no more than 5 days.

Keep in mind that these numbers can change depending on the environment in which they are stored.

We put chocolate cake in the fridge and were able to eat it a week after it was baked.

Below, we will discuss all of your storage options for cakes and cobblers and how to make them last longer for more enjoyment. 

ProductRefrigeratorFreezerCounter
Chocolate Cake3-4 days4 months1-2 days
Cake with Dairy/Fruit1-2 days4 months24 hours
Tiramisu4 days3 months2 hours
Peach Cobbler4-5 days3 months2 days

How Long Does Cake Last in The Fridge

Regular cakes that don’t have fillings, such as chocolate or yellow, will last 3-4 days in the fridge if they have buttercream or ganache on top.

Cake in Fridge

If it has custard, cream, cream cheese, or fresh fruit toppings, it will only last 1-2 days.

These types of cakes are also good for up to three days on the counter. If the topping is made with dairy, it’s not recommended to keep it on the counter for more than 24 hours. 

Tiramisu lasts 4 days in the fridge if kept in an airtight container. It’s actually recommended that you eat it within 2 days to enjoy peak flavor.

Since tiramisu contains dairy products such as mascarpone cheese and whipped cream, it’s not recommended that you store it on the counter. It will only last about 2 hours and then bacteria will begin to grow. 

Peach cobbler has a shelf life of 4-5 days in the refrigerator when properly covered. Since cobbler has a high sugar content and no unbaked eggs or dairy, it can sit out at room temperature for 2 days. After 2 days, it should be stored in the refrigerator. 

In order to achieve maximum quality after a few days, these cakes should be stored properly. 

Freezing Cakes, Cobblers, & Tiramisu

Cakes aren’t difficult to store. They actually freeze very well for up to 4 months. The best way to store a chocolate cake is to wrap it well in cling wrap either whole or in separate slices.

You should then place it in an airtight plastic container or resealable bag. This will prevent the cake from absorbing other freezer flavors. Additionally, you can wrap a foil layer around the cling wrap to better protect the cake.

We don’t recommend freezing cream-based or meringue icing because they can spoil.  There are actually certain precautions you should take before freezing certain types of frosting. 

Fondant and Buttercream

Covering the cake in icing can help seal the moisture into the cake. Buttercream and fondant are great for this.

A cake that’s well-frosted can last as long as 5 days in a room with a stable temperature.

When freezing fondant and buttercream, you should transfer the cake to the fridge first to allow it to cool and set. After that, wrap the whole cake in plastic wrap and store it in an airlock container. 

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese and whipped cream frosting are extremely unstable and won’t do well in warm weather.

Cream Cheese Cake

This also means that they’re not good for freezing because the frosting will change textures. To keep this from happening, you can freeze the cake by itself and frost it after you defrost it. 

Ganache

Freezing ganache cakes follow similar guidelines as buttercream and fondant cakes. If your ganache is made with water instead of cream, you can’t freeze it.

This is because water expands when frozen, so it will cause pockets of air to form that will change the appearance and taste, which will make your cake go stale. 

Tiramisu

Tiramisu can be stored in a freezer for 3 months if placed in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag.

You should also wrap the container with plastic wrap as well for even more protection. Properly storing tiramisu in the freezer will certainly extend its life considerably. 

Peach Cobbler

When it comes to peach cobbler, you can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months, but the dough topping may get a little soggy.

You can also freeze unbaked cobbler for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake it, just put it in the oven for 20 minutes longer than you normally would. 

When it comes time to defrost your frozen cakes, there are a few methods you can use. 

Defrosting Frozen Cakes

Defrosting your cakes is easy. Take your cake out of the freezer and allow it to get up to room temperature.

If you froze your frosting, add a splash of milk and whip it for a few minutes once it’s defrosted. This will make the frosting fluffy.

If you froze your cake levels separately, allow them to defrost completely before putting them together. 

When it comes to cobbler, you can take it out of the freezer and put it in the oven. Place it on the middle rack and reheat for 10-15 minutes if it’s in individual serving sizes or 30-45 minutes if it’s whole. 

When it comes time to defrost your tiramisu, simply take it out of the freezer and put it in the fridge overnight.

You don’t need to place it on the counter until 15 minutes before you are going ot eat it. 

If you’ve taken your cake, cobbler, or tiramisu out of the fridge or freezer and aren’t sure if they’re spoiled, here are a few signs. 

How To Tell If Chocolate Cake Is Bad

Chocolate cake that has spoiled will have white spots or a dingy appearance, may have an odd smell, or will be hard to the touch.

Another major indicator of a spoiled cake is mold. If you see mold, discard your cake immediately. Mold can make you sick if it’s been on there for a while.

Unless the cake has custard, fruit filling, or whipped/cream cheese frosting, you probably won’t get more than a stomach ache or diarrhea after consuming it. 

How To Tell If Tiramisu Is Bad

The easiest way to tell if tiramisu is bad is by smelling it. Spoiled tiramisu will have a terrible off-putting odor that may smell like vomit.

If you don’t immediately notice a smell, you may notice a sour taste, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it just doesn’t need some more sugar.

So taste isn’t really a good indicator as to whether or not it has spoiled. Mold, on the other hand, does. 

How To Tell If Peach Cobbler Is Bad

Spoiled peach cobbler will have a mushy appearance, may smell sour, or there will be mold present.

Mold won’t appear until you notice the cobbler getting mushy. When the mold appears, it’s time to throw it away, without a doubt. However, with proper storage, it lasts a long time. 

Can You Eat Spoiled Cake?

If you don’t notice mold, then we don’t see any harm in eating spoiled cake. It may taste a little weird, but if it doesn’t bother you, then go for it.

However, if you notice mold on any part of your cake, don’t eat it. Mold can cause stomach issues and may even cause food poisoning.

Bad cake

Some of these symptoms can include fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. This can happen within a few hours or even a couple of days after consuming moldy cake.  

Can You Eat Spoiled Tiramisu?

Absolutely not. Any dish that contains cheese or minimally cooked eggs should not be eaten if there’s mold growth. It can cause salmonella and it’s not fun.

The CDC estimates that Salmonella causes roughly 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the United States each year. Symptoms can include diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.  

Can You Eat Spoiled Peach Cobbler?

Since there’s no egg or dairy in the cobbler, as long as there’s no mold growth, we don’t see why you can’t consume peach cobbler if it’s passed the recommended expiration.

The peaches may taste a little odd, but if it doesn’t bother you, we say go for it as long as there isn’t any mold growth present. 

To avoid premature spoilage, there are certain ways you can preserve your cakes in the refrigerator. 

Proper Storage For Cakes, Tiramisu, and Cobbler

Properly storing your cake, tiramisu, and cobbler is the key to long-lasting freshness. We recommend eating your cake within 24 hours for maximum quality, but you can store it in the refrigerator if you need to or even on the counter.

If you’re storing your cake in the refrigerator, wrap it in cling wrap to prevent it from drying out.

If you plan to store it on the counter, ensure the cake is lined with greaseproof paper, especially for buttercream-topped cakes.

If your cake has a dairy-based topping or fruit, it should be stored in the refrigerator and not on the counter. 

When it comes to tiramisu, any leftovers should be refrigerated immediately. You can choose to transfer it to an airtight container or wrap the dish well with cling wrap.

If at any time you notice the tiramisu getting watery, it’s spoiling. It’s a tricky dish to preserve because of its high liquid content.

Absolutely do not store it on the counter for more than 2 hours as bacteria will begin to grow. 

As far as peach cobbler goes, it can be left out on the counter covered with cling wrap or in an airtight container.

You can also store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container or in cling wrap as it lasts much longer than other dishes because it’s primarily sugar. 

Summing It Up

Cakes, cobblers, and tiramisu are all very delicious. It’s important to remember all of the guidelines when it comes to expiration and storage.

Properly storing your desserts is the key to longevity and quality. Most of the time, airtight containers and cling wrap work well.

We love cake so much that we make a lot of it at once and freeze it. That way, when we want cake, all we have to do is defrost it.

With that being said, It’s our hope that you were able to gain some knowledge from this article. 

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