Can I Freeze Cheesecake? Worry on Storage no More!
Bake or no-bake, with or without an occasion, the cheesecake is always one of the best desserts there is. When was the last time you made one? And when did you last eat a slice?
I, for one, am a fan of cheesecakes. Just thinking about it makes me drool and imagine making or buying one for myself.
If you’re a sweet tooth, you’d know how hard it is to resist the temptation of eating an entire cake. But if you are a bit conscious about your health, it’s easier just to let it go.
Well, whether you are that sweet tooth or that health buff, you have come to the right page. Everything you need to know about cheesecakes especially its storage is right here!
I’m pretty sure you know that you can always store cheesecakes in the refrigerator. Leaving it in room temperature might stale it, or worse, spoil it.
Freezing is a different thing. The need to store cheesecakes in the freezer has to do with time management. Are you going to freeze them so you can eat them the following week? Or maybe the next month?
Perhaps you are planning to make mini ones and have them as gifts. If so, you might be wondering if it’s possible to start early and just pop them in the freezer.
The answer to all is a big yes. Cheesecakes sure can be kept as cold as ice for any of your reasons. Especially if the reason is traveling for long hours, it is best to have it frozen. This way, everybody can enjoy its freshness later on.
The better question is: how do you freeze it while making sure its good quality is kept? Regardless whether the cake is store-bought or homemade, remember one general rule.
Do not keep the cake for more than a month. Three weeks (or four if you don’t put it in and out often) is the maximum.
What’s Cooking America shares some tips from the most passionate home cooks as follows.
First is making sure the cheesecake cools completely before freezing it. This is because the sudden leap in temperature from warm to cold can shorten the lifespan of the cake.
If you are using a springform pan (usually used for homemade cakes), you only need to remove the outer rim. Keeping the bottom of the pan, you then cover the entire cake in plastic wrap carefully. You can also put aluminum foil on top to keep your choice of toppings fresh.
- If you wish for the cake to last longer, shy away from the fruit toppings until later. Freeze the cake base first, and put on the toppings when you’re ready to serve.
- Another technique is sliding the cake off the pan and moving it to a cardboard using a knife. After transferring, that’s the time you wrap the entire thing (with the cardboard) in plastic wrap.
- And if you want it fresh for serving the next day, thaw the frozen cake overnight beforehand. You wouldn’t want your guests to eat a cake that’s as hard as a rock, would you?
For stay-at-home moms or home bodies such as myself, this question might cause confusion. Some bakers believe freezing will ruin the cake’s texture and form. The truth is that freezing can hurt if you don’t use the right ingredients.
- Chow Hound comments suggest that cheesecakes whose base is cream cheese freeze well. Meanwhile, those that are sour cream-based might easily sag and lose its consistency.
The belief that freezing ruins the cake is a myth. Even professional chefs who make mascarpone and more complicated flavored cheesecakes attest to that.
- Other home cooks in Serious Eats share additional tips and notes for proper freezing. For instance, some bakers put butter in their recipe. The problem with butter, though, is it forms into small curds in the mixture.
This can make the batter’s consistency appear a little too runny. This makes it difficult for the top of the cake to stay solid during freezing.
There are a lot of different recipes for cheesecake available. It takes a lot of tries to achieve the best results in making the most scrumptious ones.
It is true what they say—you won’t get good cakes until you burn a few ones. Trial and error is always the key in baking and even in storing.
Freezing a cheesecake is not such a tedious task. What matters more is having some ready-to-reach dessert in the fridge for the bad days. Cheers to more frozen cheesecakes to keep us stress-free!