Can you freeze cheesecake? Most people love cheesecake, but unless there’s quite a few people attending your party, there probably will be some leftovers. You can store them in the fridge for a few days, but often one would prefer to store it for a longer period of time. Or you would like to be able to bake cheesecake in advance, even a couple of weeks before the party or celebration. Fortunately enough, you can freeze cheesecake and many people (and companies like Trader Joe’s) do it successfully. Here’s a few things you should know before freezing this cake.
Before freezing the cheesecake
If you plan to place any kind of frosting or topping on the cheesecake, do it right before serving it to your guests or at least once the cheesecake is thawed. Freezing cheesecake with a topping on it is a bad idea – the process of freezing and defrosting will in most cases change its texture. Your topping or frosting won’t be nearly as good as before freezing.
Image used under Creative Commons from scubadive67
Now that you know you can only freeze the cake itself, without any toppings, there are a few other things worth knowing. Before freezing cheesecake, make sure it’s cooled first. If your cheesecake (assuming you’re baking one yourself) doesn’t seem to freeze well, meaning its texture is changed and it isn’t appetizing anymore, take a look at your recipe. It’s said that classic cream cheesecake freezes very well, but if there’s a lot of sour cream in the recipe, it might cause the texture to change after thawing. If it’s not the sour cream, maybe it’s another ingredient that causes that. I suggest you should try a different recipe if your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well.
You shouldn’t freeze cheesecake for too long. It’s suggested it should be pretty good for two or three months, but most people say that freezing it for a month is a maximum. After that time it starts to slowly lose its taste and you might be not satisfied with its taste after thawing. I suggest you should try freezing cheesecake made with your favorite recipe for a month or two and check how does it taste. You don’t want to serve a so-so cheesecake to your guests, do you?
Here are some of the possibilities you have when it comes to freezing cheesecake.
Freezing cheesecake baked in a springform pan
This way is good if you want to keep the cake in the springform pan. Firstly, loosen the cheesecake from the pan’s outer rim and remove the outer rim. Leave the cake sitting on the bottom of the pan or transfer it onto a wrapped cardboard cake bottom. Now wrap the whole thing with plastic foil and then (1) make an outer layer with heavy aluminum oil or (2) put it into a freezer bag and squeeze out all the air from the bag. Now it’s ready to be put in the freezer.
Freeze sliced cheesecake
If you’d like to be able to thaw only a small amount of the cake, this way is the best for you. Cut the cheesecake into desirable slices, wrap each one with foil and then put them into freezer bags. You can also wrap the slices with aluminum foil (after wrapping them with the regular one) and put them into an airtight container. This way the cake will freeze fine and other products in the freezer won’t be able to crush, press or deform it.
Freeze cheesecake in an airtight container
If you plan to freeze cheesecake only for a few days, I wouldn’t bother in wrapping it tightly with few layers of foil. Just put it into an airtight container and into the freezer. If you plan to keep it in there for more than a few days, wrapping it is pretty much essential. The longer you plan to store it in the freezer, the better you should wrap it. Regular foil plus heavy aluminum foil or freezer bags, as described earlier, should do the trick.
As you can see you can freeze cheesecake. It freezes pretty well (sometimes you can even buy frozen cheesecake) and there are at least a few ways you can do it. If your cheesecake doesn’t freeze well, try altering your recipe a little or simply wrapping it better, so the cold air won’t damage it that much. Since many people can successfully freeze it, you’ll be able to that as well.