Buttercream is widely used in baking to fill, cover and garnish cakes or cupcakes, as it is very stable, but how can buttercream be preserved?
You can leave the buttercream for two days at room temperature inside an airtight container. You can also store it in the refrigerator for one or two weeks or freeze it for 2 to 3 months.
To know the correct way to preserve buttercream, you must read on.
How to store buttercream at room temperature
Thanks to the fat provided by butter and sugar, buttercream can withstand temperatures of up to 25°C (77°F), so it is usually an excellent option to decorate if it is summer or lives in a place with warm weather.
The stability of buttercream is so excellent that it is safe to keep it at room temperature as follows:
- Step 1: Transfer the buttercream to an airtight container.
To prevent contamination, put it inside a container with an airtight lid, which can be plastic or glass.
- Step 2: Store the buttercream in the pantry.
Place the container in your pantry or kitchen, which should be dark, cool, and moisture free. Do not place it near appliances that generate heat.
If you follow these tips, your buttercream can be kept in good condition for two or three days at room temperature.
How to keep buttercream in the fridge
Now, if you live in an area with temperatures above 77°F (25°C) or the hot season has begun, it is safest to store the buttercream in the refrigerator, especially if you have prepared a considerable amount.
- Step 1: Put the buttercream in an airtight container.
In this case, it is vital that the packaging seals well since buttercream is prone to absorbing the smell and taste of other foods. So a container with a good lid is essential.
- Step 2: Tag.
It will be convenient for you to place a label with the storage date and the product’s name on the container.
- Step 3: Store the buttercream in the fridge.
Put the container in the coldest part and away from foods that emit a strong odor, particularly fish. Although to make sure it doesn’t absorb the smell of other foods as easily, you can cover the container with plastic film.
You can refrigerate the buttercream for up to two weeks. However, experts advise using it in 7 days.
How to freeze buttercream
Can buttercream be frozen? That’s right, and it freezes well, so if you have a lot and don’t want to waste it, the best thing you can do is freeze it.
The instructions for that are the following:
- Step 1: Divide the buttercream into portions.
Divide the buttercream into several portions into different bags or freezer containers that are airtight.
- Step 2: Place the buttercream portions in a larger bag.
This way, you add an extra layer of protection against frostbite burns.
- Step 3: Tag.
Write on the bag the date of storage of the buttercream.
- Step 4: Store the buttercream in the freezer.
So you can freeze your buttercream for between 2 and 3 months.
How to thaw buttercream?
Now, the consistency of buttercream changes when stored cold, so if you refrigerate it, before using it, leave it for about 10 or 20 minutes at room temperature until it regains its creamy texture.
If you have frozen it, the first thing you should do is take out the portions you will require a day before and put them in the fridge so that it thaws slowly, then leave it for a while at room temperature.
How to preserve a cake with buttercream?
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If you want to store the cake at room temperature, the temperature should not exceed 25° C. Put it inside a cake stand, although you can also use an airtight container that is large enough.
Or cover the cake with wrapping plastic without squeezing, then place it in a cool, dark, dry zone. So the cake with buttercream can resist for about three days at room temperature.
If you want to use the fridge to store the cake, first, you have to wrap it before putting it inside a container with an airtight lid; that way, it will stay for 5 to 7 days. 
To freeze the cake with buttercream it is best to store it in slices. First, freeze the pieces and then wrap them with a double layer of plastic film. Next, bag, place the date, and freeze the cake for up to 2 months.
How do you know if the buttercream is spoiled?
You will know that your buttercream has little left to damage itself when it gets very watery, or a liquid begins to appear.
If your buttercream changes its taste or smell (it becomes bitter or sour), it has already become bad, and you should throw it away.
Another sign that it is not in good condition is if it has mold, which you’ll recognize if you see green, dark, or white spots begin to appear.
Nor is buttercream in an optimal state if lumps begin to come out, this buttercream should always be smooth.
How long does buttercream last?
|Buttercream at room temperature||2 – 3 days|
|Buttercream in the fridge||1 – 2 weeks|
|Frozen buttercream frosting||2 – 3 months|
|Cake with buttercream at room temperature||3 days|
|Cake with buttercream in the fridge||5 – 7 days|
|Cake with buttercream frozen||2 months|
What is the best way to preserve buttercream?
The best way to preserve buttercream is to store it inside the fridge, which can last a couple of weeks.
However, the good thing about buttercream is that you can also leave it at room temperature without a problem for a couple of days. Andif you want to preserve it for a long season, then it is best to freeze the buttercream.
Cakes with buttercream, if they do not have some other addition, have a similar shelf life as buttercream frosting if you store it correctly.
To know how to preserve any other pastry product, you can consult the website using the search bar or check the following related posts.