(Closed) I'm confused about how long the cake can sit out for?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 4
1181 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Is your wedding outdoors? If it is I would say maybe you could set it up a little later, but cake is usually ok if left out for hours.

Post # 5
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Is your reception outside? That’s the only time I’d worry about it.

Our cakes were delivered by 2pm and reception ended at 10…they were fine.

Post # 7
2212 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Whether it will melt or not (or how fast it will, if it’s hot) depends on what it’s made of.  A buttercream of some sort?  Fondant?

I’d ask your baker.  I used a Swiss meringue buttercream for a cake that sat out for 2-3 hours in hot weather (80+) and it was just fine, but if you’re talking a purely butter or shortening and sugar buttercream, that will melt much more quickly.  Fondant is a bit more forgiving, if my memory serves me right.

Post # 8
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The Baker is most definitely your best point of reference.

Here is some interesting stuff I found out when talking to ours.

Reception was on Saturday.  Cake was baked on Wednesday.  Set out to cool.  Then the layers were wrapped and frozen.

Cake was iced on Friday Afternoon / Evening. And placed into the fridge so the icing would harden / firm up.

Hubby picked up the Cake on Saturday morning.  Baker said no need for refrigeration.  Cake would easily survive at Room Temperature (or less warm) and any of the unfrozen bits of cake would work themselves out by the time we got around to the cake cutting.

We cut and served the cake around 10 PM

And then once home after the Reception, I wrapped the leftovers and the top layer in saran wrap, then tin foil, and placed them into the freezer (all seperate packages).  All this cake is now frozen solid.

I do know that some Bees have said they’ve had mixed results with freezing leftover cake / the top layer.  I have figured out that that seems to be mostly dependent on what it is made of / iced with.

A cake with a filling, won’t do as well as one without (especially if it has been frozen before in the process).  And Royal or Fondant Icings will do better than Buttercream.

My plan isn’t to let it sit in the freezer too long (doubt we’ll get anywhere near the 1 year Anniversary that so many couples aim for with their “top layer).

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  ask your baker.


Minei s being delivered at 1:00 for a 5:30 cake cutting

Post # 10
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I would strongly recommend asking your baker. We had a combination of fondant and buttercream on our cupcakes, so I asked if it is ok for them to sit out from 2-7. Thankfull, it was, and they still tasted just as good, but it really depends on the tmp of your venue and what your cake is made out of.

Post # 11
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Important note: cream cheese frosting can’t be left out of the fridge for more then an hour or two, so don’t use that.

Post # 12
8 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was discussing this with my cake baker yesterday. She said our buttercream cake could sit out for a maxiumum of 6 hours above 22 degrees C (which I think converts to about 72 F?)

Post # 13
8692 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Ours sat out from about 3:30 until 7:30 and it was fine. I’ve never seen a cake cut at 10 PM before though…

Post # 14
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Some cakes are more fragile than others. I’d avoid fresh fruit and cream if your cake is going to be out a while. Most cakes are fine for a few hours, though.

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