How to Store a Christmas Cake

Christmas cakes are often made well ahead of the Christmas season. Not only does this save time when the busy season descends upon us, it also serves to improve the taste of the cake. As with wine, fruit cakes improve in taste as they age. And often not all of the Christmas cake gets eaten at Christmas time and this leaves the need to keep it longer. This article explains how to store a Christmas cake, whether it be prior to or after the Christmas occasion.


  1. Wrap your cake in cheesecloth / muslin that has been marinated in brandy, rum, wine or fruit juice.
  2. Wrap it in aluminium foil.
  3. Place the wrapped cake into an airtight container.If you do not have an airtight container, you can substitute plastic wrap if necessary.
  4. Keep the cake in a dry and cool place.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I freeze a fruit cake?
    Community Answer
    Yes. For best results, wrap it well with cling film, then put it in a Ziplock bag or wrap it again with foil and store it in the freezer (usually for up to 6 months, though this dependes on the temperature of your freezer).
  • Question
    What is grease proof paper?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It is also known as parchment paper or baking paper depending on what region you are in.
  • Question
    Can Christmas cakes be frozen?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    If you plan to freeze it right after you make it, go for it. But, don't keep it there for too long, because even a frozen cake will go old.
  • Question
    Does this apply to an iced cake?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it does.
  • Question
    How can I keep my Christmas cake from going moldy?
    Macey R.
    Community Answer
    You can try to wrap it up in plastic wrap and put it in the freezer. When you want to eat it, take it out and let the cake sit for about 30-40 minutes to thaw out.
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  • What's the right quantity of gin to add to a cake mixture in order for it to serve as a preservative? How long can a cake last when gin is used as a preservative?
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  • If you want to keep the cake for a very long time, it is helpful to reinvigorate the cheesecloth with a new infusion of rum, juice or brandy every month, taking care to rewrap the cake as outlined above.
  • A good quality apple left in the container with a stored fruit cake helps to keep the moisture in the cake. Change regularly if you are keeping the cake for a long time.
  • Greaseproof paper is an alternative to cheesecloth if preferred. Obviously, this does not need marinating in liquid but you should still sprinkle juice or alcohol over the cake prior to wrapping. For this method, use two layers of grease-proof paper and then wrap with aluminium foil.Place in an airtight container.


  • Avoid the refrigerator! This can result in crystallised sugar.
  • Be careful not to let aluminium foil touch the cake directly; if the cake has alcohol in it, it will pit the foil and cause reactions that can affect the cake's flavour.
  • Keep an eye on the cake as the months go by; whenever it seems to be drying out, follow the Tip on adding more liquid or you may end up with a very dry and undesirable cake.

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