One of our all-time favorite desserts is German chocolate cake. It’s a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale and monotonous chocolate cake.
While chocolate cake is fine in moderation, there’s nothing like a slice of German chocolate cake to set the bar higher.
This decadent dessert is either distinguished by its cake or frosting. It’s possible that it’s a mix of the two. Regardless, if there are any leftovers, you’ll want to know how to store them properly.
The answer to this question is yes or no. The shelf life of German chocolate cake can be extended by freezing it. Even the coconut pecan frosting can be frozen with it because freezing affects its texture minimally.
This guide will show you how to freeze German chocolate cake step-by-step.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how simple this task really is once you get started. It’s okay to make and store your cake in advance if you want to save it for later.
If you’re interested in finding out how to freeze German chocolate cake, keep reading!
How to Freeze German Chocolate Cake
Here’s the thing: we have no idea if you’re freezing leftovers because you won’t eat them all before they go bad, or if you want to store a whole cake in the freezer for later use.
Both of these scenarios will be addressed by us for you!
Freezing A Whole German Chocolate Cake
A German chocolate cake can be frozen whole if you want to bake it ahead of time. In either case, frosting is optional.
To store a German chocolate cake in the freezer, follow these steps:
- After baking, let the cake cool completely on a wire rack. If you prefer, you can leave the cake in the baking dish, but it’s best if you wrap it in plastic wrap and take it out.
- Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and cover the cake if you plan to remove it from the oven. If not, you can move on to the next step without bothering with it.
- Foil-wrap the cake completely to keep it safe. If you left it in the dish, seal it with a layer of aluminum foil on top.
- If the lid is still in the dish, place it on top of the second layer of foil.
- Place in an airtight container with a lid and freeze for up to four months.
These directions will assume you’re freezing the entire cake, untouched by frosting.
Instead of wrapping it, just put it in the freezer with the frosting on top. That’s something we’ll talk about later.
You can freeze the batter and bake your cake later if you haven’t baked it yet.
Freezing German Chocolate Cake Slices
Okay, so you only have a few cake slices left and want to store them in the freezer. To get the best results, freeze them one at a time. As previously stated, this procedure is incredibly straightforward and simple to follow.
The following are the steps to freezing any remaining German chocolate cake for later use:
- Check to see that the slices are completely cool before serving.
- Put parchment paper on a cutting board and cut each slice in half.
- Using a freezer bag or a container, store each slide until use. Keeping them separate makes it easier to take them out one at a time when you need them.
- Each bag should be clearly labeled and kept in the freezer for up to 4 months before using.
For the best quality, this is the recommended timeframe.
When you’re ready to use the cake from any of these methods, simply let it thaw at room temperature. You can also serve it frozen if you prefer. It’s delicious!
Can You Freeze Coconut Pecan Frosting?
German chocolate cake is incomplete without the coconut pecan frosting. Because of this, chances are good that the cake you’re about to eat already has frosting on it. Unless you planned to freeze the cake in advance, frosting is a given.
It doesn’t matter if your frosting is homemade or bought at the store; either way, it can be frozen. A frosted cake can be stored the same way a German chocolate full cake can be stored, even if it’s not covered.
Wrapping it will cause issues with your frosting and you don’t want that.
Put the frosted cake in an airtight container after it’s been decorated. As long as the aluminum foil does not touch the frosting, you can add a layer to the top of the pan.
Individual slices have the same advantages and disadvantages as whole ones, but they’re more difficult to work with. Instead of wrapping and bagging them, store them in airtight containers to prevent stale frosting from forming.
Let’s toast to your chocolate German cake!