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Shelf Life of Buttercream?

mymeowzer May 17, 2009 09:21 PM


I was wondering if you guys leave your buttercream filled/iced cakes out at room tempature for extended periods of time?

I get nervous not refrigerating EVERYTHING, but was told it was ok to leave out.

Any thoughts???


  1. dumpycactus May 18, 2009 08:19 PM

    my father insists on putting it in the fridge. he's a baker.

    you -may- want to sort something out with that as you put them in the fridge, the cake can get really dry.

    1. greygarious May 18, 2009 11:28 AM

      If you leave a stick of butter at room temp for several days, it starts to taste like blue cheese.

      I would not leave a cream cheese or buttercream frosting out of the refrigerator for more than a couple of hours, not at all in 70 plus temperatures. The flavor won't change in that short a time, but the frosting will get too soft, perhaps even melt and run.

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