And can you put it in the freezer?
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When you need to create some contrast in a cake, nothing gets the job done like cream cheese frosting. The creamy, tangy topping complements both sweet and spiced cakes and makes the entire dessert all-around delicious.

Unfortunately, cream cheese frosting is susceptible to becoming a breeding ground for bacteria, and leaving a cake with cream cheese frosting out overnight is an easy way to ruin it. Brush up on the best ways to store cake with cream cheese frosting in the fridge and freezer.

Does Cream Cheese Frosting Need to Be Refrigerated?

Yes, cream cheese frosting needs to be refrigerated because it is prone to spoiling. However, cream cheese frosting can last up to two hours at room temperature, so you don't have to worry about eating cold cake.

According to the FDA, cream cheese frosting and icing, as well as other foods that contain cream cheese, need to be refrigerated within two hours.

Can You Freeze Cream Cheese Frosting?

One of the benefits of cream cheese frosting is that it freezes quite well. Freezing baked goods, such as cakes with cream cheese frosting, will require a preliminary freezing to ensure that the frosting sets.

First, let the frosted or decorated cake sit in the freezer uncovered for at least one hour. Once the frosting is in place, wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap at least two times and then wrap in aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn or absorbing random freezer smells. Place the triple-wrapped cake in an airtight container or zip-top bag (if you don't have either, an extra layer of foil will do), and label it clearly. Freeze for up to six months.

How Long Does Cream Cheese Frosting Last?

  • At room temperature: Up to two hours in an airtight container.
  • In the fridge: Up to two weeks in an airtight container.
  • In the freezer: Up to six months, when properly wrapped.

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