How Long Does a Cake Take to Cool?

How Long Does a Cake Take to Cool?

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Have you ever attempted to frost a hot cake? It’s a tragedy waiting to happen. Allowing your cake to cool first can help you prevent icing mistakes. On the counter, cakes take many hours to cool. You may speed up the process by putting it in the fridge or freezer.

Hi! My name is Shea, and the part of preparing a cake that I dislike the most is waiting for it to cool. All I want to do is devour it! Having said that, I understand the significance of allowing a cake to cool completely before attempting to frost, transfer, and consume it. Yeah, it may seem like a little slice of suffering, but it is well worth it for the piece of cake.

You’ve come to the correct spot if you’ve just taken your cake out of the oven and are wondering how long it takes for a cake to cool. In this essay, I will discuss the necessity of allowing a cake to cool completely and how long you should allow it to cool.

Who’s up for some cake baking?

Why Do Cakes Need to Cool?

When I first began baking, I used to wonder why cakes had to be completely cool before icing and eating. So I puzzled why my icing was always falling off my cake and leaving a crumbly mess. Eventually, I connected two and two. (Don’t judge me; I was young).

Cakes must cool before frosting can be applied smoothly and without melting. Attempting to frost a cake with even a smidgeon of warmth might result in a melting, crumbly disaster. This produces an unappealing cake that is nevertheless excellent.

But, you must allow your cakes to cool before eating them. Here’s how long it will take.

How Long Does it Take for a Cake to Cool?

There are three methods for cooling a cake. Each approach has its own cooling time window. Let us investigate more.

Countertop – Two to Three Hours

On average, it takes two to three hours for cake to cool on a countertop. The longer the cake is allowed to cool, the better.

You should not let the cake to cool in its original pan. This can cause the cake to stick to the pan, making removal difficult.

Instead, wait ten to thirty minutes for the cake to cool sufficiently so that you can easily remove it. If you’re using a bundt cake, you’ll need to turn it upside-down to get it out, so make sure you wait long enough so it doesn’t crack.

While removing the cake from the pan, lay it on a cooling rack to cool. A cooling rack allows all cake surfaces to cool at the same time, preventing hot patches during frosting.

Refrigerator – One Hour

Don’t have time to sit around for many hours? You don’t want to wait hours to consume your wonderful cake? Don’t worry, there are alternatives. Refrigerating your cake is one approach to expedite the cooling process.

When utilizing the fridge technique, be sure you wrap your cake with cling wrap or foil. Refrigerators may cause the cake to dry out and become unpleasant in texture. Prevent this by carefully packaging the cake.

After chilled, your cake should take around one hour to cool.

Freezer – 30 Minutes

People in a significant time rush have one last option: the freezer. Cakes normally take around 30 minutes to completely chill in the freezer. They should be wrapped before putting them in the freezer to avoid affecting the texture.

How to Check if the Cake is Cooled

Whether you choose the counter, fridge, or freezer technique, you must still check your cake to ensure it has cooled after the allowed time. Not all cakes are made equal, and some may need more cooling time. But how do you know?

Don’t depend just on touch to determine coldness. Cakes may be chilly on the exterior while being warm on the inside. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake to test. Depart for a few moments. Take out and contact the toothpick. Let your cake to cool if it is still warm.


We now understand some of the fundamental timescales for cake cooling. Continue reading if you still have questions. These are some more useful questions to help you learn all there is to know about cake cooling.

How long does it take for a cake to cool to room temperature?

A cake will take many hours to cool completely at room temperature. That will usually take at least two to three hours. Nonetheless, it is preferable to wait as long as possible. To be sure, let a cake to cool overnight (wrapped, of course).

Should I put the cake in the fridge before icing?

Yes. While it is not required for icing, it is quite beneficial. Put your cake in the refrigerator for a few minutes before frosting to see how fast and simple it is. Never attempt to ice a heated cake!

Can I leave cake to cool overnight?

Yes, your cake may be left to chill overnight. In fact, I strongly advise it. However I will advise you to cover the cake so that it retains its moisture and texture and that no flies come to grab a taste.

How long should you leave a cake in its pan after baking?

Not for long. It takes around ten to twenty minutes. The cake should be warm enough to readily slip off the pan without breaking or sticking.

Final Thoughts

It may be torturous to wait for a cake to cool, but your flawlessly frosted cake will be well worth the wait. Let the cake to sit on the counter for several hours or use a speedier alternative such as the fridge or freezer. If you’re using the latter, make sure they’re wrapped.

How long do you let your cakes chill before serving?


How long does it take for cake to cool to room temperature?

Let your cooked cake to cool completely before doing anything to hasten the cooling process. Usually, ten minutes at room temperature is sufficient. During that time, place your hot cake on a level surface, such as a countertop or cake stand.

How do you cool a cake down fast?

How to Quickly Cool a Cake
Let the cake to cool in the pan on the counter for about 15 minutes after removing it from the oven.
Place the cake, still in its pan, in the freezer for 15 minutes.
The cake is now cold enough to handle.
May 13, 2022

Can I put cake in fridge to cool?

Yes, you may place the cake in the refrigerator to chill after temporarily cooling it on the counter (approximately 5 to 10 minutes). If you don’t let the cake cool somewhat outside the fridge first, it may sink in the centre or adhere firmly to the edges of its pan.

How long to let a cake cool before removing from pan?

Let the cake to cool.

Before attempting to take it from its pan, allow it to cool for at least twenty to thirty minutes on your cooling rack or countertop. If required, place the cake in the refrigerator to speed up the chilling process.

How do you know if a cake is cool enough?

Let it to sit for approximately five seconds before pulling it out and feeling it with your fingers. It’s not ready if the toothpick is still warm. Also, if you see cake bits stuck to the toothpick, this is a sign that the sponge isn’t firm enough. A sponge should be allowed to cool for roughly two hours under optimum circumstances.

Can I leave cake on counter to cool overnight?

If the cake does not include perishable contents like dairy, eggs, or fruit, you may leave it out on the counter overnight. If it does, you should keep it in the refrigerator.

Do you cover a cake when cooling?

You must do this as soon as the cakes come out of the oven, or else they will get mushy. Soon after, wrap the cakes in plastic wrap and set aside to cool. If you have a faulty recipe or over-baked your cakes, this will not save them from becoming dry.

Do you let cake cool before removing?

Let the cake to cool entirely, unless your recipe instructs otherwise, to enable the structure to harden. Cooling the cake on a wire rack expedites the process by allowing air to flow underneath the cake pan.

Do you turn a cake upside down to cool?

Letting it to cool upside down prevents it from collapsing. Several angel food cake pans have feet around the sides for just this reason. Inverting the central ring onto the neck of a bottle, on the other hand, will work.

Why does my cake deflate after cooling?

A cake that puffs up during baking and deflates as it cools has frequently had too much air beaten into the batter. Here are a few pointers to avoid sinking cakes: When mixing the eggs and butter, use a medium speed rather than a high speed. Your air bubbles will be more stable.

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