Sunday, March 11, 2007
Gluten-Free Cake Longevity test done.
Late last year (December 9th, 2006 specifically), Laura created a Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe that we posted here on the glutenfree blog. Since then, we have recieved a few emails, and even some phone calls, from people that have tried it and really enjoyed it. And, we have also had a few people ask how well this, and other gluten-free desserts we've created, hold up if we freeze them.
Well, I am happy to report that our long-term longevity test on the GF Pumpkin Cake has just been completed, and the results are quite nice. Laura finally took the cake out of the freezer after 4 months, and put it out to thaw a few evenings ago. Then, the next morning, we had some for breakfast. It remained quite moist and delicious, and maintained its original taste and texture just fine. And, I continued to eat it over the coming days. It held up beautifully!
The only preparation, prior to freezing, was to wrap the cake completely in tin-foil, and then place the wrapped cake inside a large sealed plastic freezer-bag (like, a gallon-size zip-lock or similar). That combination seems to have done the trick with regards to sealing in the flavor and moisture.
So, that experiment should help answer the question about how long some of these gluten-free desserts (at least cakes) hold up in the freezer. I also know the cheesecakes out of my book also perform very well, since I like to make one and freeze all but a couple pieces. Then, I pull a chunk out of the freezer every few weeks over a period of months when I get the urge (this is much quicker way to obtain a "fix" when you just have to have your cheesecake in a hurry!) It's always nice to have a piece of celiac-safe chocolate cheesecake close at hand in a crunch!
When I put the cheesecakes in the freezer, I simply cut the entire cake into reasonable sized pieces, and put each piece into a small zip-lock type sandwich/freezer bag. I also like to use a permanent market to write the date placed in the freezer, just in case one somehow gets "lost" in there for five years before I find it -- I doubt it'd be quite as tasty after half a decade. :)
If you want to read the original gluten-free blog post about the pumpkin cake, here is a link to the December, 2006 blog entry about the gluten-free pumpkin-bundt cake.