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Is it ok to bake a cake in advance and freeze it or how long can you bake ahead of time? I am trying to learn and some forums say it is better to refigerate before icing - is this true? hope this makes sense. Thanks in advance Debbie :)

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Now you are going to get mixed answers on this question! I always try to bake ahead of time and freeze for a couple of days. We think it helps to retain the moisture and make the cake moister, and it helps the cake to settle. I have even put in the freezer for 24 hours only and honestly believe it helps w/ moistness. Usual time in freezer for me is 4-5 days. This also helps me with time allotment, as you can bake early in week and do fondant work etc. later in week. Hope this helps!! 
Yes it is fine to freeze ahead.  Some people thinks it is better than not freezing.  You can make it at least several weeks ahead and freeze.  I like doing it ahead and getting that part done with.  I often have an extra cake or cupcakes in the freezer to grab for taking along to a friends house.  Just bake and put in a ziplock or plastic wrap or tupperware-type container.
Thank you Marta and Denette!! this helps alot. I have been watching so many cake shows and youtube videos - trying to understand the process. lol So now I'm going to bake a Red Velvet cake and freeze it. tomorrow my Martha Stewart Cricut Cake will be delivered and that will give me a few days to play w/ fondant. Thanks again for the help!! Debbie :)
ooohhhh, cricut cake! Lucky you! Happy playing!
Have fun!
When I have frozen cakes they have come out perfect...as if they were baked the day before.  After my cakes have cooled I put them on a cake circle, wrap in Saran Wrap and then wrap with layers of alumin foil.  Before I take them out of their wrapping I always let them sit until they reach room temp so the condensation does not get into or onto the cake.
When I take my cakes out of the oven.  I let them cool for ten minutes, then I wrap them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and put them in the freezer while they are still warm.  I freeze cakes for several weeks sometimes.  Wrapping them while they are still warm helps them retain moisture.  I always have a cake on hand for last minute orders.
Thanks for the help. I was wondering how to freeze them. I did wrap them in saran wrap and put in fridge but, had trouble with that. I hate saran wrap LOL. Debbie :)
If you and saran wrap don't get along you can use aluminum foil or a ziplock bag.
I bake my cakes , let them cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn them out onto a freezer paper covered cardboard.  I then let them cool completely.  place the cakes in an unused plastic trash bag remove air and tightly close trash bag.  Place cakes in the freezer for 24 hours to 5 days.  Remove cakes from freezer(leave in bag) while you make your icing. 
Just wondering but does this work for boxed mixes as well like Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines etc...?
Yes, It does!  I usually use Duncan Hines mixes, unless I bake from scratch.

Meera said:
Just wondering but does this work for boxed mixes as well like Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines etc...?

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