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How Long Does Cheesecake Last In The Fridge? (What About Toppings)

Quick Answer: How Long Does Cheesecake Last In The Fridge?

Cheesecake can last up to 7 days if bought from the store, and up to 5 days if homemade. However, it is usually best to eat the cheesecake as soon as possible, as it often includes ingredients which are perishable. You can also freeze a cheesecake, but the topping will change the length it lasts for.

If you have recently bought a big cheesecake from the store, or have made your own, there is a good chance that you have some leftovers.

Or, you might be making the cheesecake in advance to share at a party, or to enjoy on a lazy Sunday afternoon. 

Whatever the reason, there is a good chance that you are wanting to know how long it will last for, and how to store it correctly in the fridge.

Fortunately, you have come to the right place. In this article we shall discuss how long cheesecake will last for, and how to store it – with a surprising way to make it last even longer. 

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How Long Might Cheesecake Last?

Because cheesecake is full of dairy products (we are talking cream cheese, and in some cases even egg and cream), the shelf life is quite small. This is true even when put in the fridge.

Dairy products struggle to stay fresh, and can turn sour and inedible within a matter of days. For this reason, a homemade cheesecake is likely to last up to 5 days.

However, due to the ingredients, you are going to want to eat it as soon as possible.

Some recipes may tell you that it only lasts a couple of days, so always refer to the recipe that you are reading.

If the cheesecake is store bought, then there is a good chance it will last up to 7 days. However, this is only if the expiration date is not passed. Always refer to the date on the box, as it may say it only lasts for a day or two. 

This is all down to the cheesecake toppings, and what ingredients are included alongside the cream cheese. 

What Is The Best Way To Store Cheesecake?

Due to the fact cream cheese has dairy products within it, it makes sense to store it in the fridge. If it was to be left out at room temperature, then it is likely to be unsafe to eat after a few hours.

To store it correctly in the fridge, you will want to avoid it taking on other flavors from stronger items left in the fridge (for example onions). You will also want to avoid it drying out.

The best way to make sure that none of the above happens is by placing the cream cheese in a dedicated cake carrier to cover it, or by cutting the cake up and putting the slices into airtight containers.

If you have none of them, you can also wrap the cheesecake in aluminum foil. As a last resort, plastic wrap can also be used to do the same job. 

If you are making a cheesecake that will need a fresh topping, but you will not be serving it until the following day, store the cheesecake only without a topping. 

Add the topping the next day to ensure that it is fresh and safe to eat.

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Is It Possible To Freeze Cheesecake?

Because cheesecake will only last for a matter of days in the fridge – and we are talking very little days – then the other option is to freeze it. 

If you have some leftovers, or you are not planning to eat the cheesecake for a while, then freezing it will be a great option. It also freezes very well too, depending on the type of topping it has.

If you have created your own cheesecake, then it will be better to only freeze the cheesecake without the topping. You can always add it at a later date. 

This way the cheesecake topping will not only be fresher, but you can freeze the actual cake bit of the cheesecake for longer.

To make sure it freezes well, place the cheesecake in an airtight container. If you do not have that to hand, you can also use aluminum foil but you will need to wrap it in two layers. Or you can just use a freezer bag.

Just make sure that as you wrap the cheesecake that it does not become squashed and misshapen. 

To thaw it, remove it from the freezer and place it in the fridge. While you can do this a few hours before you intend to serve it, the best way will be to let it thaw overnight. 

Once it has thawed, it is also safe to put it back into the freezer, so long as it has not sat outside of the fridge for more than an hour. 

Lastly, let’s take a look at how long a frozen cheesecake might last. If it is homemade, it should last for at least a month. A store bought cheesecake will last for at least 3 months. 

Is There A Way To See If Cheesecake Has Gone Bad?

There is no surefire way of telling if a cheesecake has gone bad. For this reason, if you have had the cheesecake sitting in your fridge for longer than 5 days, throw it out.

However, if the cheesecake is store bought, you can let the amount of time the cheesecake has been left in the fridge be a little longer. So, if it has been 7 days, assume the cheesecake has gone bad and throw it out.

If in doubt, check the cheesecake for signs of discoloration and mold. 

Final Thoughts

Cheesecake is delicious, but when you have had it sitting in your fridge for a few days, is it still safe to eat?

If it has been 5 days, it is time to throw it out. It includes dairy products, and often the topping is perishable too. For this reason, cheesecake does not last long. 

Jess Smith