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Does icing w/ lemon juice mean the cake needs refrigeration?



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blueberrypie




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 5:11 am
I am planning to make vanilla icing and one of the ingredients is lemon juice, which needs to be refridgerated. I saw online (no idea if it's correct) that milk in a hardened icing becomes stabilized and doesn't need refridgeration. Does the same work for lemon juice? I would love not to have to refridgerate the cake. I also always wonder about amaretto cake that has orange juice in the glaze-I end up refridgerating it. I would really appreciate an answer, especially with a source! Thanks!
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oliveoil




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 5:43 am
Does not need to be in the fridge.
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pesek zman




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 5:45 am
Though unless your AC is excellent (mine isn’t) I refrigerate all cakes this time of year.
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oliveoil




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 6:07 am
Refrigerating is really bad for cakes, cookies, breads, etc because it dehydrates them. Better to freeze and pull out 20-30 mins before u want to use.
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pesek zman




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 6:30 am
oliveoil wrote:
Refrigerating is really bad for cakes, cookies, breads, etc because it dehydrates them. Better to freeze and pull out 20-30 mins before u want to use.


I’d rather a dry cake then a moldy one! (I know! I’ve had both) and unfortunately freezer space is at a premium
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blueberrypie




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 6:39 am
Thank you for all the advice, but does anyone have a definitive answer, or maybe a place to look it up? I understand it's really hot, so depending on the weather, I sometimes freeze my bread and I would then also freeze cake, but how about in general? Thanks!
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 10:42 am
blueberrypie wrote:
Thank you for all the advice, but does anyone have a definitive answer, or maybe a place to look it up? I understand it's really hot, so depending on the weather, I sometimes freeze my bread and I would then also freeze cake, but how about in general? Thanks!

It definitely does not need refrigeration.
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 10:42 am
The only bakery item I refrigerate is wraps/flour tortillas. Oh and cheese cakes/danishes.
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pesek zman




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 10:53 am
ra_mom wrote:
The only bakery item I refrigerate is wraps/flour tortillas. Oh and cheese cakes/danishes.


Really? I make fruit cakes a lot (strawberry rhubarb, blueberry. Etc) and the haven’t done well in the summer being out. But again my kitchen is warm. In the winter obv I don’t have an issue
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Fri, Jul 26 2019, 11:14 am
pesek zman wrote:
Really? I make fruit cakes a lot (strawberry rhubarb, blueberry. Etc) and the haven’t done well in the summer being out. But again my kitchen is warm. In the winter obv I don’t have an issue

You're right fruit cake should be refrigerated. I don't usually make those. I do make crisps that are mostly fruit and they definitely need to be refrigerated.
My lemon cake does not get refrigerated. It has lemon juice and is not a fruit cake.
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Raisin




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Jul 27 2019, 4:44 pm
pesek zman wrote:
I’d rather a dry cake then a moldy one! (I know! I’ve had both) and unfortunately freezer space is at a premium


I thought icing preserves the cake indefinitely. Isn't there a non Jewish custom that pre dates refrigerators and freezers that a layer of wedding cake is seved at the first baby's christening party?
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blueberrypie




 
 
    
 

Post Sat, Jul 27 2019, 7:54 pm
I decided to make the glaze without lemon juice, just oil, vanilla, confectionary sugar-all non perishable-because I'm still confused, but thanks for all the advice!
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