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FRUIT CAKE - FRESHLY BAKED

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1 month
Refrigerator
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6 months
Freezer
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1 year

Tips

  • How long does fruit cake last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep freshly baked fruit cake in a dry area.
  • To maximize the shelf life of fruit cake, cover with foil or plastic wrap or place in plastic bag to prevent drying out.
  • Properly stored, freshly baked fruit cake will last for about 1 month at normal room temperature.
  • How long does fruit cake last in the fridge? Freshly baked fruit cake will keep well for about 6 months in the fridge when properly stored; when refrigerating, cover with foil or plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag to prevent cake from drying out.
  • Can you freeze fruit cake? Yes, to freeze: wrap fruit cake tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, or place in heavy-duty freezer bag.
  • How long does fruit cake last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - fruit cake that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if fruit cake is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the fruit cake: discard any that has an off smell or appearance; if mold appears, discard the fruit cake.

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