Help Please - Freezer/baking question
I want to bake AND FREEZE my chocolate cake layers on the Monday before Turkey day. i would defrost them Wednesday night and plan on frosting the cake on Thursday.
I am not very experienced with baking and freezing and when you can/should freeze something.
Assuming I allow the layers to completely cool. Wrap each layer (there are 2 in total) in saran wrap and then foil and then a freezer bag.
Can I defrost the cakes on Wednesday night? Should I leave them on the counter? In the fridge over night and then the counter. I would want to frost the cakes (cream cheese frosting) Turkey day morning
ANY help would be appreciated.
There's no need to freeze them. The cake layers will keep for up to one week in the refrigerator, wrapped airtight (after they are completely cooled) as you have described. If you must freeze them because you haven't enough room in the refrigerator, you can omit either the foil or the freezer bag as they'll only be frozen for about 48 hours, not long enough to experience freezer burn. Cake defrosts pretty quickly, like in an hour; just take them out of the freezer when you wake Thursday morning, set them on the counter and remove the outer wrapper of foil or freezer bag.
Or, if you live in a cold climate, you could frost the cake and keep it (in an airtight container) in your garage or unheated porch.
I agree with Chowser that it's easier to frost a frozen cake.
p.s. I live in MN, and one of winter's few perks is additional FREE freezer and refrigerator storage space ;0)
We used to have a camper out our back door, it was ideal for extra refrigerator space on the counters/table this time of year, throughout the holidays. We sold it last spring, and I am missing the extra "cooler" space! While in college in northern ND, we kept food in between our windows (old fashioned, between inner and outer storm window). Mom lived in the same dorm in 1950 and she told of keeping the iceream pail out the window on a rope.
and I agree on well-wrapping the cake and just put it in the fridge.