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How to thaw carrot cake?

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A dear family friend makes the most outstanding carrot cakes and was kind enough to contribute my favorite dessert to our holiday dinner but suggested that I freeze it since she delivered it last week before going out of town. I never thought to ask the best way to thaw. My current plan was to take it out of the freezer in the morning on the day of dinner, remove the wrapping and sit on the counter. Would this be OK or should I defrost in the refrigerator and how long would it take?

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  1. I would unwrap on the day-of, and place on a rack, on the counter, to defrost. Or, if there is frosting... defrosting in the refrigerator, for 6-8 hours, or outside, if your climate is cool (but not frozen...)

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    1. re: KarenDW

      It is frosted, so stick it in the fridge ASAP (dinner is at 430)

    2. Always defrost cakes IN THE WRAPPING, so condensation remains on the outside and doesn't create a damp cake.(courtesy of Martha Stewart)

      A frosted cake needs refrigerated defrosting, therefore. Even if it were not frosted, I prefer carrot cake to be a little chilled when served.

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      1. re: greygarious

        Uh oh, the cake was left on the counter unwrapped...I guess we'll see how it goes.

        1. re: greygarious

          The cake looks superb! All went well with no condensation or other consequences. It could be that I live in a very old house with drafts all over and so the kitchen is not actually very warm. Thanks for the tips.

        2. Well, seeing as how this is Christmas morning, I suspect we will not find out today, but how did it go? You did not follow the suggestions, but I am curious to know how the "rapid defrost" went.

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          1. re: gfr1111

            Unfortunately I wasn't responsible. Explained it to my SO and in between him getting dressed and doing it apparently he "forgot what you said" and now we aren't home.