Few things are more disappointing than bringing home a delicious gourmet dessert only to have it go bad the next day. Perhaps you left it on the counter overnight, or perhaps it melted in your trunk on the way home. Fortunately, preserving a dessert’s freshness isn’t rocket science, and we’re going to share a few tips and tricks on how to keep your desserts fresh and delicious for as long as possible.
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Sometimes, transporting your desserts may be the trickiest element of proper dessert preservation — especially when it comes to frosted or frozen desserts, such as cake and ice cream. Follow these simple tips to keep your desserts fresh and beautiful:
- Security: If you have a long drive ahead of you or know you’ll go over some bumpy roads, it’s best to place your desserts in a secure box that can lay flat in your front or back seats. This is especially important for cakes, cupcakes and other desserts decorated with frosting. The last thing you want is to spend money on a custom-decorated cake only to have the frosting ruined! If your dessert is secured, you won’t need to worry.
- Temperature: When transporting baked goods, temperature is just as important as physical security. Cakes and cupcakes are best stored at room temperature, between 60 F and 70 F — but if the temperature rises much higher, you could run the risk of melting the icing. If you have frozen desserts and a long commute, make sure you bring along freezer bags and a couple of ice packs to prevent melting.
Storing Desserts at Home
If you know you’ll have leftover desserts after your next party, keep the following storage tips in mind:
- Cakes and similar baked desserts: If you’re thinking refrigeration, think again. Cakes and most other baked desserts should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container in order to preserve as much freshness as possible. For cakes, gently place plastic wrap over the portions that have been cut before putting the cake in an airtight container. Don’t freeze your cake unless you know you won’t be eating it within a few days.
- Cookies: We recommend this odd trick for storing cookies. To keep them moist, store them in an airtight plastic freezer bag and place a slice of bread in the bag with them. This will allow them to absorb moisture from another baked good as needed.
- Cupcakes: Cupcakes should be stored in an airtight container or plastic bag in a cool, dry place. Refrigeration will dry them out. However, you can freeze cupcakes that you won’t use within two days, as these desserts tend to freeze well.
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