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  • Storing Iced Chocolate Fudge Cake

    I made the Chocolate Fudge Cake last night. It tastes amazing! I left the cake in the kitchen on the cake stand last night. Just wondered if I should put it in fridge or is it ok to let it stand in kitchen? Thanks!

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Chocolate Fudge Cake (from Nigella Bites and on the Nigella website) has a chocolate buttercream icing, and as this is fairly stable at room temperature the cake does not necessarily need to be refrigerated. The cake also tastes best at room temperature. However if you live in a very hot and humid climate you may prefer to refrigerate the cake to stop the icing from becoming too soft or liquid. If you do this then remove the cake from the fridge about an hour before you serve it to allow it to come up to room temperature.

    Otherwise the cake should be fine, but you may like to move it to a cool place if your kitchen is very hot. Also once it has been cut the cake should be covered so we suggest that you put a cake dome over the cake on the stand, or transfer the cake to a cake box or similar airtight container.

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