Vegan Cakes should be stored in the same way as non-vegan cakes. They are best stored at room temperature covered with a bowl not touching the sides and wrapped in cling film. If the cake is cut the sides should also be covered with cling film. Vegan cakes are best kept out of the fridge.
How to store your vegan cake is a question that gets asked a tremendous amount. While the simple answer is always to wrap and store your cake at room temperature we know this is not always possible on a scorching hot day. And if you are looking to just store vegan sponges you may want to freeze them in advance of using them at the last minute. Here we will explain how to store sponges, uncut and cut cake, decorated cakes and when you should refrigerate your vegan cake.
Storing a frosted cake is actually easier than storing an unfrosted cake; the layer of buttercream or similar acts as a protective outer layer keeping out a cake’s earthly enemies - moisture and air. You first want to protect the frosting by covering it with a bowl or something similar, however if your cake is too big you will have to get creative by storing it in a box and then wrapping cling film around it to help make it air-tight – the important thing to remember is to avoid damaging the frosting by touching the sides. If you can’t find anything to cover the cake, try to find a protected space like a cupboard to store the cake. Stored this way your vegan cake will be good to eat for about five days depending on relative humidity and temperature which significantly change how long a cake keeps for – unfortunately unless you have humidity and temperature control you are at the mercy of the elements.
If you have baked a vegan sponge and want to store it for under five days, simply wrap it up after it has cooled very tightly in cling film or store it in a sealed food-safe bag (using two is best) and leave it in a cool dark place at room temperature. If you have made your sponge with vegan butter it will keep in a good tasting condition for about five days, although we recommend only keeping it like this for three to be on the safe side. If you have used oil in your baking this will add about two days to the shelf life. For sponges you want to store for longer than five days we recommend wrapping them in cling film first and then putting them in a plastic sealed bag before putting them in the freezer once completely cooled. This can be a great help for the busy person and it is often easier to decorate chilled sponges than fresh from the oven. Frozen sponges will last for up to a month, although you should aim for no more than two weeks as this will ensure freshness. When you take the sponges out of the freezer be sure to allow them to come to room temperature in a cool dark place before serving. Generally this takes about two to four hours in normal conditions.
Storing a cut vegan cake or non-vegan cake is risky business when compared to storing an uncut cake. Once cut the cake it open to the elements cakes hate, namely air and moisture. If you are planning to store cut cake we strongly recommend making some extra frosting and covering the exposed cut sides before storage. If this isn’t possible you will need to carefully cover the cut sides in cling film making sure it tightly seals. You can also find pre-cut plastic sheets but these don’t always fit and are more designed for bakeries that need to quickly seal and unseal cakes. You can use a flat spatula to press the cling film into the cake for a good seal. It’s tricky business but with a couple of attempts it’s easy enough and worth the extra effort. Once covered follow the same instructions for a frosted cake – see above. A cut cake, no matter how well you protect it, should be eaten in three-four days. Finally when serving the cake, and if you can spare it, shave a thin layer off the cake where it was cut to get rid of any dry or stale crumbs.
Truly refrigerating any sort of cake is to be avoided unless absolutely necessary - the fridge more often than not does more harm than good. Vegan cakes are particularly adept to being stored at room temperature for up to five days. That said on a baking hot summer’s day (no pun intended) you don’t want your cake sliding all over the place and becoming messy so the fridge is your only option. Before refrigerating we recommend carefully wrapping the cake box in cling film – if you have order your cake from us you can leave it in the box. It’s worth giving it a good number of wraps in all directions to keep out the various odours in the fridge and to keep from drying out. If you have just freshly baked and decorated your cake you will need to put it into the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm up the icing. Before serving, unwrap the cake and allow it to come to room temperature - this will take anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes depending on its size.