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To refrigerate or not to refrigerate - that is the question.

arista74 May 3, 2010 08:34 PM

I just frosted an almond cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream. Should I refrigerate the covered cake? I know you can refrigerate the buttercream itself and once at room temperature, whip it back into shape.
But, now that it's on the cake, what should I do?
This is a practice run. The actual cake will be finally covered with marzipan as per request.
Planning on starting that 2 days in advance of the event.

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    LauraB706 RE: arista74 May 3, 2010 09:39 PM

    I'd refrigerate it, for sure. As it is, the cake will be unrefrigerated while you cover it with marzipan, while you decorate it, while you transport it, and god knows how long at your customer's event. Butter and egg whites don't last for ever, unrefrigerated.

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      tonka11_99 RE: arista74 May 3, 2010 10:39 PM

      Buttercream will harden pretty hard in the fridge. As long as you can live with that.

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        milklady RE: arista74 May 3, 2010 10:46 PM

        refrigerate, but take it out an hour before you plan to serve it so it will come up to room temp.

        1. bushwickgirl RE: arista74 May 4, 2010 05:42 AM

          Yes, absolutely, but buttercreams made with egg whites are not as perishable as ones made with egg yolk. As other posters have noted, allow the cake to come to room temp before serving, small cakes 1 hour, large wedding cakes, up to 6 hours.

          1. danna RE: arista74 May 4, 2010 06:13 AM

            I would NOT refrigerate if the cake. Frosting will be fine outside the fridge for a week at least...longer than the cake will go uneaten. IMO, refridgeration permanently damages baked goods to a small extent.

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              arista74 RE: arista74 May 4, 2010 04:14 PM

              Thanks for all the advice. I did refrigerate and bring it back to room temp and taste it, and it was fine. I think, I actually liked it on the slightly cooler than room temp. I distributed the rest of the cake at my DD's day care, and the staff raved so, I guess refrigeration didn't hurt.

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                LauraB706 RE: arista74 Nov 3, 2010 11:14 PM

                btw- Great looking cake !!! You're very talented.
                Thanks for sharing the picture with all of us.

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