With all these great recipes and baking coming along, storing your tasty baked treats becomes more important than ever. Most people are unable to finish an entire 9” cake on their own (we've tried, multiple times), hence, here are some tips on how you can store your baked treats and take your time to enjoy the goodness.
Unfrosted products (e.g. Cakes, muffins)
The most important step to ensuring that your cakes last long enough for you to finish them would be to let them cool completely before placing them in the fridge. This can help you store cakes for a longer period of time and keep it fresh. After cooling, wrap the cake tightly with plastic wrap and pop it in the fridge. Singapore’s hot and humid weather will cause the cake to spoil quicker, so keeping it in a cool environment will help with the storage. While refrigerating cakes is generally not desirable (the cake might dry out), Singapore's weather means it'd be safer to refrigerate the cake. Just remember to wrap it tightly with plastic wrap so that less moisture is lost!
Frosting does wonders in helping you store your baked goods. With the frosting intact, wrapping will probably destroy all your hard work, instead, cover the item with a larger bowl and place it in the refrigerator. Another tip that can help you keep your frosting in place would be to place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to allow the frosting to harden, before wrapping it and placing it back in the fridge. This way, you won’t have to worry about your swirls going out of shape. Just remember to allow your frosting to thaw when you take it out before serving!
Baked products (Sliced)
A cut in a cake will let out moisture and cause your cake to become harder. So, the best way to store such baked goods would be to seal up the cut. This can be done using plastic wrap which you should be sealing tightly around the entire cake, or icing. However, do note that if you are using icing with cream cheese or whipped cream, send them to the fridge before they go bad.
If you leave cookies out in the open, especially in Singapore's hot and humid conditions, they’ll go stale quite quickly. To store your cookies, let them cool completely before placing them in an air tight container, and leave them in room temperature. This will keep the moisture out, and keep your cookies nice and crispy. On a side note, if you’re trying to store soft cookies, put them in an air tight container and add in a slice of bread to help keep them a little moist. Remember to replace the bread before it turns stale and ruins your cookies.
If your brownie is unsliced and still whole (from the pan), let it cool and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap. If you have already cut your brownies into pieces, place them in an air tight container with wax paper between layers to prevent them from sticking to each other. You can keep brownies for up to 3months if you wrap them tightly and leave them in the freezer.
Or you could do what we do, we love to share our baked treats with everyone! People love receiving something handmade from scratch, especially if it's sweet and delicious!