Baking is not one of my strongest suit as a mother. But when I bake, I pull out all the stops. And yes, my cakes have frostings! There have been a lot of times that I overestimated my frosting and I ended up with so much. Can frosting be frozen?
Making too much frosting is a common mistake so stop beating yourself for it. Frosting will not spoil. It can be preserved so you can still use them the next time you find yourself baking a cake.
Frosting can be preserved in two ways. You can either throw them in the fridge or place in the freezer. One method will preserve your frosting for a few days, but the other will make it last for months.
Can you Freeze Frosting?
Yes, leftover frosting can be frozen. Freezing is just one way to preserve your leftover frosting. Another way of preserving it is to refrigerate.
When I say refrigerate, it simply means placing the frosting in a container and into the refrigerator. When we talk of freezing, the container is placed inside the freezer.
If you ask me, I prefer freezing over refrigerating. But that’s just me. I do not bake very often. The next time I do might be in a few months so I am safer with freezing and here’s the reason why I say this.
When you preserve leftover frosting in the fridge, it can last for only a few days. Basic buttercream frosting lasts for 4-5 days while the Swiss meringue buttercream lasts for 7 days.
Freezing is way better than refrigerating your leftover frosting as it preserves the frosting for months. A basic buttercream will last for 3 months while a ganache can last for up to nine months.
Knowing all this now, do not panic when you find yourself with some leftover frosting. If you know that you will be using the frosting in a few days, refrigerate it. Otherwise, toss it in the freezer.
How to Freeze Frosting?
Freezing your leftover frosting is very simple. You do not have to be anything but a supermom to do it.
The steps to freeze your frosting are pretty simple. They are:
- Scoop leftover frosting into an air-tight container. It doesn’t matter whether your container is made of plastic or glass. The most important thing is that it is air-tight.
- Once frosting is inside the container, you can now place it inside your container.
Now, if you do not want to get messy, use a ziplock bag to store your frosting inside the freezer. Place the piping bag inside a ziplock bag and toss it in the freezer. It’s that simple.
When you are ready to use your frosting, thaw it overnight inside the refrigerator. Before piling it on your cake, knead the thawed frosting with a spoon or give it another stir or a whip for a uniform consistency and you’re ready to go.
Now for the fun part! Here are recipes of three different kinds of frostings that you might like and enjoy.
First is for a white chocolate frosting. This type of frosting is not just perfect to decorate your cakes but it can stand alone as a great dessert. You can watch the video here:
The second recipe is for an Italian meringue buttercream frosting. This frosting is difficult to make but if you want to up your game, then watch this video:
Finally, the last recipe is for the lowly but very versatile basic buttercream. Buttercream is very common but it can be used in a variety of ways.
Yes, you can freeze frosting. Freezing preserves the texture and taste of your homemade or store-bought icing. If you are wondering how to freeze your favorite frosting, read on! Here are the steps: just scoop out what you want to be frozen into a Ziploc bag (try not to leave any air pockets), use an expiry date marker if needed, seal tightly after pushing out all of the air, put it back in the freezer, and thaw at least 7 hours before serving.
Share your experience freezing frosting with me in the comment below. I am always looking to hear from my readers.