You might think there’s no way you can store batter for later use but yes, you can! You can freeze batter and keep it fresher for longer. When done properly, you can keep extra batches of batter in the freezer and whip up a cake or two whenever.
Of course, there are many different types of batters and not all of them can be frozen. For instance, batters leavened with whipped eggs shouldn’t be frozen because freezing will affect the texture of the finished product.
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Bread batters, Devil’s food cake, pancake, cupcakes, and velvet cake batters, on the other hand, can be frozen. When properly stored in the freezer, frozen batters can keep fresh for up to 3 months.
The proper way to freeze batter is to break it down into smaller portions. Once thawed, the batter has to be used right away so to avoid thawing excess batter, it’s best to keep them in single servings especially for cupcakes.
To begin, get several single-serve reusable freezer containers/small plastic bags and an ice cream scoop. Scoop the batter and drop it into each container, leaving about half an inch of space each to allow the batter to expand in the freezer.
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Cover the container with the airtight lid. If you’re using re-sealable plastic bags, squeeze as much air as you could. Finally, store the containers in the freezer and you’re done!
The best way to defrost frozen batter is to transfer the product from the freezer to the fridge and leave it to thaw overnight. Once the batter has softened the next day, get a whisk or a spoon and give the batter a good stir to incorporate all the ingredients together. Use the batter according to the recipe.
Freezing batter is a straightforward affair, one that requires no fuss at all. However, do note that using thawed batter may alter the texture of the baked goods. For instance, defrosted cake batter will yield denser cakes with tighter crumbs compared to the batter that hasn’t been thawed.