Storing Decorated Fruit Cakes

If a fruit cake has been fully iced it will be sealed to the board by the marzipan and icing and will keep for a couple of months before the icing starts to discolour. Do not store in a sealed container, but keep it in a cardboard box (cake boxes can be purchased from cake decorating suppliers and are not expensive) and store in a cool dry cupboard.

Keeping the cake for several months – If you want to keep the top tier of your wedding cake until christmas or your first anniversary, store in the same way as above. However as the icing will have become discoloured and the flavour deteriorated, you will need to completely strip the cake of the icing a marzipan and recover it with fresh.

Once the cake has been cut, it will start to dry out because the marzipan and icing seal has been broken. It is then necessary to store the cake in a sealed container and eaten within a month as the icing and marzipan will start to go soft.

If you find that the cake is forgotten or that it hangs around (especially after Christmas), try cutting it into portion size pieces and wrapping in cling film.

I have found that by putting these ready to eat pieces in a tub in the kitchen, they disappear quite quickly as they are handy to pop into a lunch box or are a ready snack for when hungry teenagers/partners arrive home. They also have the advantage or being more nutritious than a packet of crisps. I also find a piece of fruit cake goes down very nicely with my mid morning cup of tea on a cold dreary winters day.


  1. Dear Wendy. Firstly may I say how sorry I am that your wedding has had to be postponed. The good news is that you will not need to rebake your cakes as they will keep maturing inside the icing and marzipan. You have done everything correctly and I would recommend that you leave them in their boxes in a dry, cool place. There is a chance that the marzipan will start to discolour the icing. I would keep checking them every month and if there is some discolouration you will need to strip the cakes of the marzipan and icing and recover them before your wedding.

  2. Hi.
    I made my 4 tier rich fruit wedding cake in February 2020 ready for our wedding in April. Due to the Pandemic our wedding got cancelled till November.
    I have left the cakes still on their boards covered in marzipan and icing ever since uncovered and just in their boxes.
    How long will they last like this? Our wedding has been rescheduled for November. How do I keep them still edible. I used a whole bottle of brandy when I made the cakes. Will I have to cook new ones?
    Thank you.

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