Can You Put Ice Cream Cake In The Fridge?


Ice cream cake is a great way to celebrate any occasion. A mix of cake and ice cream can be tasted in one fork full. There is no need to go back and forth between a bite of cake and a spoonful of ice cream when you have ice cream cake. 

Ice cream cake is the best of both desserts. You can have your cake and eat it too with ice cream. 

Since ice cream cake is the perfect combination of cake and ice cream, where do you store it? You have ice cream which needs to be frozen and cake that can be stored at room temperature.  

Do you compromise the temperatures and place the ice cream cake in the fridge? 

Ice cream cake can be temporarily stored in the fridge but it shouldn’t be in there for more than 30-60 minutes. Ideally, your ice cream cake should be stored in the freezer until you are ready to start thawing it when it should be moved to the fridge. 

If you plan on thawing your ice cream cake, you can thaw it in the fridge. Thawing your ice cream cake in the fridge will take about a half-hour. 

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How Do You Store Leftover Frozen Ice Cream Cake?

Leftover dessert is either loved or hated. If you are trying to eat healthily and have a party with lots of desserts, you typically don’t want the leftovers hanging out in your house. 

If you are the kind of person who loves all the sweets, leftover dessert is a great bonus. You can have your cake and eat it too for quite a few days!

Most leftover desserts do well on the counter or in the fridge. If you have cookies, seal them up and put them on the counter. If you had leftover cake, seal it up and put it in the fridge. 

If you have leftover ice cream, seal it up and put it in the freezer. What about ice cream cake? It is both ice cream and cake so do you store your leftover ice cream cake in the fridge or the freezer? 

Leftover ice cream cake should be stored in the freezer. If you place your leftover ice cream cake in the fridge, you will have a very sticky mess of thawed-out ice cream cake within a couple of hours. 

When placing your leftover ice cream cake in the freezer, be sure to place it in an air-tight container. Placing your leftovers in an air-tight container will help prevent your dessert from forming ice crystals and getting freezer burn. 

How Long Do You Leave An Ice Cream Cake Out Before Serving? 

When you serve the cake at a party, do you allow the guests to cut the cake one-by-one or do you cut all the slices first? Do you allow the guests to see the main cake and have a second cake that’s pre-cut in the back? 

Typically, the cake is cut while all the hungry guests are staring at you waiting for their slice. You politely ask, is this big enough, while secretly hoping you can go smaller because the cake is running out faster than you thought. 

While cake cutting may seem easy, it takes a certain talent to manage to cut the cake and plate it without making a giant mess. What about an ice cream cake? 

With normal cake, you just run the risk of getting frosting everywhere. When you serve ice cream cake, you now not only have to worry about frosting but also ice cream dripping and layers sliding. 

Now that the ice cream is melting, so is the form of the cake. What if your cake didn’t have enough time to thaw? You are now trying to cut and serve frozen cake!  

How long is the appropriate amount of time to wait before serving an ice cream cake? 

It is recommended to allow 30 minutes for your ice cream cake to thaw in the fridge. You can also thaw your ice cream cake on the counter for about 20 minutes. How long your cake thaws also depends on how big the ice cream cake is. 

If you have a small cake, it should take about 20 minutes to thaw. If your cake is large, it can take about 45 minutes before your ice cream cake is thawed. 

A serrated knife is best when cutting your ice cream cake; it will help get through all the layers easily. When you go to cut the ice cream cake, run your knife under warm water first to help it glide nicely through the layers of cake and ice cream. 

You can also run your knife under water every few cuts to ensure that your ice cream cake has nice even cuts. If you are cutting a round cake, triangle cuts are best. If you are cutting a rectangle cake, square cuts are best. 

Can You Put Ice Cream In The Fridge? 

Ice cream is a delicious dessert but is often not worth the trouble. If you think to yourself, I’m in the mood for ice cream; you now need to go to the freezer, pull out the ice cream you want, and allow it to thaw until it can be easily scooped. 

You can get busy or distracted and completely forget about the ice cream that you had set out to thaw. 

You can either choose to thaw your ice cream in the fridge or on the counter. If you chose the counter and forgot about your ice cream, is it now bad? If you leave your ice cream in the fridge overnight to thaw, can you still eat it? 

If you were to leave your ice cream on the counter to thaw overnight, it is no longer good. If you choose to thaw your ice cream in the fridge, it may be a bit soupier than you would like, but it is still edible. 

The fridge is not a great place to store your ice cream long-term, but it is great as a thawing option. Ice cream that is in the fridge for more than a couple of hours will quickly turn into a sweet soup. 

Final Thoughts

Ice cream cake is a great dessert to use when celebrating special occasions. The best place to store your ice cream cake is in the freezer. If you need to thaw your ice cream cake, you can either leave it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes or on the counter for about 20 minutes. 

If you end up having ice cream cake leftovers, it is best to seal it in an air-tight container and place it back in the freezer. Enjoy! 

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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