Test Kitchen Tips
8 Secrets for Keeping Your Baked Goods Fresh
Your day-old cakes and cookies can be (almost) as good as baked goods straight from the oven! Here’s a look at how to keep things fresh.
You put in the work to make these sweet treats, you’ve exercised the self-restraint to not eat them all in one sitting and now you deserve a reward. Next time you reach into the container expecting a fresh-baked treat, don’t be disappointed! If you follow these tips to learn the best way to store your favorite baked goods.
The trick to keeping cookies fresh is… another baked good! Store chewy cookies with a half a slice of store-bought white bread to keep them soft and fresh. The cookies soak up the moisture from the bread, so make sure you store cookies with a flavor-less slice so the taste doesn’t change. (This works to soften crunchy cookies, too.)
Moist, dense muffins are so indulgent you can often only eat one. That means a long time in storage. As muffins age, they expel moisture, so the best way to maximize freshness is to store them with a paper towel. Muffins also freeze well, so if you have a batch all to yourself, consider freezing them immediately to seal the freshness into each baked treat.
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You may be tempted to put your cake in the refrigerator–but cake will stay fresher longer at room temperature. Once you’ve frosted the cake, store it under a cake keeper or any container large enough to fit over the cake without damaging your frosting work.
After you cut a cake, press plastic wrap onto any exposed pastry (the frosting acts as plastic wrap for the rest of the cake) and store it covered at room temperature for three to four days.
Breads just never seem to be as good as it was at first slice. And that’s because, sadly, it’s not as good! The moment you slice bread, it starts to lose moisture into the air around it. To keep that moisture in and prevent your bread from going stale, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it on the countertop.
Be warned: your crust will lose some texture during storage. The secret to like-fresh bread is a quick toast around the edges to restore the crustiness.
If you can help it, only ice the cupcakes that you plan to eat right away. Then, store the cupcakes in a sealed plastic bag with all the air squeezed out of it, and store the frosting separately in the refrigerator. For the freshest-tasting cupcakes, you can actually freeze the bases. Thaw at room temperature, frost and enjoy!
Whatever you do–don’t refrigerate your bagels! Store bagels in a zip-top plastic bag at room temperature. If you’re planning to hold onto them longer than a day or two, freeze them. If you slice them before freezing, they can go straight from freezer to toaster, no thawing required.
(A perfectly toasted bagel is just what you need for these 21 breakfast sandwiches.)
These golden brown breakfast delights (find our go-to-recipes here) are definitely best enjoyed fresh from the oven. But once you’ve eaten your fill, individually wrap each biscuit in foil and freeze. To reheat, move the foil-wrapped biscuits directly from the freezer into a preheated 300-degree oven for 20 minutes. Unwrap and discard foil, and dig in to a biscuit that tastes fresh-made!
For All Baked Goods
You should let any homemade baked good cool completely before putting it in a storage container. If your creation is even slightly warm when it’s sealed inside a container or covered with plastic wrap, condensation will form on your treat making it soggy, or worse, moldy. Once a baked good feels like its at room temperature, let stand for an additional 30 minutes just to be safe.