Can You Freeze Carrot Cake?

Carrot cake is a delicious and versatile dessert that can be enjoyed year-round. But what if you don’t have time to bake a cake from scratch, or you want to make a big batch ahead of time? Can you freeze carrot cake? Let’s discuss whether any version of this cake, including a delicious and moist vegan carrot cake, can be frozen and how to go about it.

Vegan Carrot Cake with layers of delicious cake topped with vegan cream cheese frosting.

Wondering how long carrot cake lasts? The good news is you can extend the life of your carrot cake by freezing it. Yes, that’s right. You can freeze carrot cake. In fact, it freezes very well. Let’s discuss two ways to do it.

Freezing the Cake For Decorating Later

If you’re making a cake early so you can decorate it and serve it later, you’ll want to follow a different protocol for freezing it.

Have you ever wondered if freezing cakes make them dry? This theory has been tested and there is no difference in texture between a frozen cake and a fresh cake. As long as you follow the cake freezing procedure described below.

That means it’s a great idea to make your cake ahead of a big event and freeze it to decorate and serve later.

To achieve this, you’ll want to freeze the cakes in their entirety. Here are the steps to do that:

  1. Let the cake cool completely.
  2. Do not frost the cake because frosting it before freezing can make the cake become soggy when it thaws.
  3. Wrap the cooled cake tightly in plastic wrap. You can also wrap it in a layer of aluminum foil for added protection.
  4. Place the wrapped cake in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Label the bag or container with the date.
  6. Freeze the cake for up to two months.

Freezing Leftover Frosted Cake

If you’ve already served your cake and want to freeze the leftovers, here are my favorite tips:

  • If you’re freezing a frosted cake, be sure to let the frosting set completely before wrapping the cake.
  • If you’re freezing individual slices of cake, place them in a single layer in a freezer-safe bag or container.

Thawing Frozen Carrot Cake

Now that your carrot cake is frozen, you may be wondering about what steps to take to thaw the cake. Here are some ways to do that:

  • Place the wrapped frozen cake in the fridge overnight, where it can thaw slowly. The cake will still be chilled, but you can unwrap and frost it.
  • For faster thawing, place the frozen cake on a counter at room temperature. Remove the wrapping and let it thaw for two to three hours.
  • To thaw individual frosted slices, follow the steps above, or you can use the microwave’s defrost setting to speed up the process.
A slice of carrot cake has a fork sitting next to it with a bite of cake on the fork.


With these tips, you can enjoy delicious carrot cake all year long, even if you don’t have time to bake it from scratch.

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