Are you a fan of indulging in a slice of warm, moist, sour cream coffee cake with your morning cup of coffee? If you find yourself with leftover cake and are wondering whether you can freeze it for later, I’ve got some good news for you! Freezing coffee cake is not only a good idea but also an excellent way to extend the shelf life of your favorite sweet treat. It freezes extremely well and doesn’t lose texture or flavor.
My Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes:
Ingredients needed for Classic Cinnamon Coffee Cake:
- Brown sugar
- White sugar
- All purpose flour
- Sour cream
- Unsalted butter
- Large eggs
- Pure vanilla extract
Supplies needed for Coffee Cake Recipe:
- Wire Rack for cooling
- Large bowl
- Mixer with a paddle attachment
- Baking pans (I use a bundt, ring pan or square pan)
Can you freeze coffee cake? Yes!
1. Prep Work: Before diving into the freezing process, make sure your coffee cake has cooled to room temperature. This step is crucial to prevent condensation, which can lead to freezer burn and mushiness. Once cooled, cut the cake into individual slices or prepare it for freezing as the entire cake.
2. Wrapping Techniques: For the best results, wrap the coffee cake tightly in a layer of plastic wrap, ensuring all sides are sealed. Afterward, wrap it in a layer of aluminum foil or place it in an airtight container. This double-layered approach protects the cake from freezer odors and helps maintain its freshness.
3. Airtight Containers: If you’re freezing the whole coffee cake or multiple slices, using an airtight container is a great option. Be sure to choose a container that fits the size of your coffee cake to minimize unnecessary exposure to air.
4. Zip-Top Freezer Bags: Individual pieces can also be stored in zip-top freezer bags. Remove excess air from the bag before sealing to prevent freezer burn. Label the bag with the date for easy tracking.
Pro Tips for Freezing Coffee Cake:
- Place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the cake before wrapping it with foil or placing it in a container. This helps protect the cake from moisture and preserves its texture.
- If your coffee cake has a crumb topping or streusel topping, add an extra layer of protection by placing a sheet of parchment paper between the crumb topping and the wrapping.
- Coffee cakes and quick breads, like sour cream coffee cake, tend to freeze well, maintaining their tender crumb and delicious flavor.
How to Thaw and Enjoy:
When the craving strikes, simply remove your coffee cake from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature. To enjoy it warm, you can heat individual slices in the microwave or toaster oven. For the best flavor, best taste and texture, consume the cake within 2 months.
Freezing coffee cake allows you to savor your favorite recipes at any time of year, whether it’s a lazy Sunday morning treat or a special occasion dessert. So go ahead, wrap, freeze, and indulge in a slice of your buttery, walnut-studded, or cinnamon-infused coffee cake whenever the mood strikes. Happy baking and freezing!