Which cakes are good to freeze?

Welche Kuchen kann man gut einfrieren?
At Theyo, we not only love really good chocolate, but also really good cake! Especially in autumn and winter we bake like the world champions. And there is (fortunately) often something left over. you feel the same? We have compiled a list of which cakes you can freeze and how best.
Due to the current situation, we rarely had so much time to bake good cakes and rarely so few people who could enjoy the cake afterwards. And even if we are happy about a little more cake, we still have to keep our capacities free for chocolate tastings . Even with a good distribution strategy and cake care packages for friends, there is always something left over in the end. And that's exactly why we've come up with a rule for this autumn and winter: we only bake what you can freeze well. This can be both unbaked (cookies, scones, biscuits) and baked (muffins, cookies, brownies, cakes).

Which dough is good to freeze?

cookie dough

Any cookie dough that you shape by hand generally freezes well. This does not include, for example, macarons (although these can be frozen easily when baked) and other delicate biscuits or pastries. Cookie dough freezes particularly well because you have already formed it into small balls using an ice cream scoop (e.g. oatmeal cookies, chocolate cookies ). You can freeze the cookie balls directly on the tray, tightly packed. Once frozen, you can place them in reusable/resealable plastic and silicone bags, or use a freezer safe container. This way you can take out individual cookies and put them directly in the oven. Attention: since the dough is still frozen, you have to plan a few more minutes. The recipe for the best chocolate cookies is here ;-) (and believe us, we've tested many recipes!). By the way: we too have made too many cookies before and then had to freeze them baked. A half-thawed cookie also has its charm, especially in summer. But in the end, of course, nothing beats a freshly baked, warm cookie!
By the way, if you know your dough well, you don’t necessarily have to preheat your oven. At Utopia you will learn what you need to look out for and which dough is best for it. We usually bake the cookies ourselves when we still have residual heat from dinner in the oven. So we use the heat sensibly and have a delicious dessert.

Scones and cookies

Once you've battered the scones and cookies into the right shape, spread them out on a baking sheet and freeze. You can then transfer them to a bag or airtight container. By the way, we always use a small tray that fits well in our (overcrowded) freezers. When you bake the cookies or scones, make sure they go straight from the freezer to the oven. Of course, you shouldn't brush with melted butter or cream until you're actually ready to bake.

freeze cookies

Which cakes can be frozen well baked?

Loaf cakes, cake bases and muffins

We always bake (loaf) cakes and muffins before freezing. It is important that muffins and cakes have cooled down completely before you put them in Tupperware or freezer bags. Especially with muffins, we often want to be on the safe side and let them cool down all day or overnight so that they don't get soggy. In both cases, the following applies: In order to protect the baked goods from drying out (freezer burn), they should be packed airtight. The aromas are also better protected and last longer. For easy dispensing - and more frequent enjoyment - we recommend freezing the slices of loaf cake individually. If you want to freeze the whole cake, it's a good idea to freeze the cake in several layers to protect it from freezer burn. It goes without saying that the cake should be frozen without any frosting or frosting. You can add the frosting as soon as you actually serve the cake. To thaw the entire cake, allow about 4 to 6 hours at room temperature. Of course, individual pieces go faster. The process can also be accelerated somewhat by using a microwave – for individual pieces of cake. But beware: depending on the variety, the cake can also become soggy!

Brownies and blondies

Now let's move on to our favourites! For an extra portion of chocolate, for the queen of baked goods: for brownies and blondies. Just like with cake, we prefer to freeze pieces because we just really want to defrost individual pieces quickly. And just like with the baked cookies, the same applies here: We really like defrosted brownies or blondies. The slightly thawed consistency is simply delicious! Of course, you can also let them thaw as you wish. After they've thawed a bit, you can also consider heating them up and enjoying them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Just a suggestion ;-)

Freeze brownies properly

How long can you freeze already baked cakes?

Your frozen cake will keep in the freezer for about 4-6 months. But to be honest: with us, even the best filled freezer is empty again after 2 months.

And how long do cakes, brownies and the like take to defrost?

As already mentioned, you should plan about 4-6 hours for thawing. With some cakes, it is also a good idea to use the oven to defrost them a little faster. However, if you want to be on the safe side, it is better to let the cake thaw at room temperature.

Theyo tip:

Whatever you freeze, always remember how to ensure quick access ;-) . Even if it's great when we can soon eat cake together with friends and family again. There is almost nothing better than doing something good for yourself every now and then. And is there anything nicer than a warm cookie or thawed brownie? From our point of view almost nothing...except maybe chocolate ! By the way: there are a few things to consider when storing chocolate. What is that? Here we have compiled tips for chocolate storage . Out of chocolates to store? Then have a look at our chocolate shop!

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