How long does lemon drizzle cake last?

How long does lemon drizzle cake last?

If you’re like us, no cakes last long in the house after being baked. However, if you have a bit more self-restraint than we do, or are baking a cake in advance, you might be wondering how long it will keep for. 

Being voted as the nation's favourite cake in a 2021 poll, the noble lemon drizzle is a consistent favourite for birthday cakes, wedding cakes and after-dinner treats. So, in this article we are going to focus specifically on this zingy sour-but-sweet cake, and answer all your burning questions about how long lemon drizzle cakes last and whether it is better to keep it on the side or in the fridge. Let’s get into it!

What is lemon drizzle cake?

Lemon drizzle cake is a lemon-flavoured sponge cake that has been soaked in a lemon juice and sugar syrup after baking, often topped with a delicious lemony sugar crumb. 

Usually baked in a loaf tin in less than an hour, lemon drizzle cake is the perfect easy treat to bake and enjoy yourself!

How long does lemon drizzle cake last after baking?

If you have much more self-restraint than we do, lemon drizzle cake can keep for two - three days if stored in an airtight container, much like other sponge cakes. 

By storing in an airtight container, you safeguard your sponge against any air or bacteria getting in. This preserves the cake’s moist texture and zingy citrus flavour.

Should you keep lemon drizzle cake in the fridge?

Whilst not necessary unless you are adorning your cake with fresh lemons or other fresh fruit (we like blueberries with ours), keeping your lemon drizzle cake in the fridge can extend its life for an extra couple of days. As long as it is correctly packaged in clingfilm or an airtight container, lemon-drizzle cake can last for up to five days in the fridge.  

Can you freeze lemon drizzle cake?

Luckily, lemon drizzle cakes are able to be frozen once cooked. It will keep in the freezer for up to a month (if you can hold off defrosting and eating it for that long!) 

To ensure that it stays tasting fresh and avoids freezer burn, it is essential to properly package your sponge. Make sure that it is completely cool before wrapping it up so that it doesn’t run the risk of thawing out other items in your freezer. 

Once it’s cool, wrap it in multiple layers of cling film and pop it in a freezer bag or durable plastic container, such as a tupperware box. Wrapping it properly provides the sponge with a protective barrier against any external elements. The addition of a freezer bag or airtight container prevents potential moisture or bacteria from getting in.

Ensure that your cake is thoroughly defrosted before consuming it after freezing. 

How Gaya’s Cakes can help

At Gaya’s Cakes, we have a range of delicious layer cakes for you to choose from, including our zesty lemon cake and indulgent chocolate fudge cake.

Browse our cakes, cupcakes, desserts and postal treats on our website, or contact us to discuss our bespoke offerings and see how we can help you.