Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather

Preserving Cakes in Warm Weather

If you’re planning a wedding this summer, you’ve probably had a few nightmares about your beautiful cake melting in the hot summer sun.

However, there are simple steps you can take to preserve your delicious cake during the hot summer months and preserve its beautiful design and elegant flavor.

Icing Choices

If you’re torn between buttercream and fondant, but worried about warm weather getting the best of your cake, go with fondant instead. Fondant is a bit more reliable in the “heat of the moment” because the gelatin that the fondant is made of makes it a bit studier when compared to buttercream.

For those of you who simply must have buttercream (we understand!), there are a few things that can be done to make the icing summer-friendly. You can sometimes swap out the butter for shortening or add a bit of starch to the frosting to make it thicker.


If you’re going with a dairy-based filling, such as whipped cream, you might want to think twice. Things like marzipan, mousse, and ganache won’t handle the heat too well, and might not remain fresh by the time you’re ready to serve the cake.

Make sure you ask your baker about leaving the cake refrigerated as long as possible if you’re including ingredients like those we mentioned above. Many venues have large refrigerators that can store cakes until they’re ready to be cut and served.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

If you’re having an outdoor event, it’s important to make sure that your cake at least has some shade. Direct sunlight will result in serious melting regardless of frosting type. If the cake starts to melt, not only will it fall, but the colors will likely bleed which will take away from the overall look.

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