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Can You Freeze Cheesecake? How To Refreeze It.

Norah Clark
Blueberry and lime cheesecake.

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

You can freeze cheesecake. To do so, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag to prevent freezer burn. Properly frozen cheesecake can be stored for up to 1-2 months and should be thawed in the refrigerator before serving.

Cheesecake is a well-loved and adaptable dessert. There are many varieties and flavors that can be served in a myriad of ways. Cheesecake can be found on the table at any social event.

Can You Freeze Cheesecake?

Cheesecake can frozen for up to a year and still retain its original taste. This makes it a perfect dessert to freeze leftovers or to make ahead for special occasions.

Cheesecake is a richly sweet dessert created by combining hard cheese (like cream cheese or the ricotta) egg yolks, sugar, and other ingredients.

It can be baked or not and the crust made can consist of graham crackers, crumbled cookies, or other pastry; its preference.

There are many variations of cheesecakes, each one unique based on the texture and flavor or the base ingredient. This dessert can be topped with just about anything from nuts to whipped cream.

The New York style, which uses heavier or sour cream is excellent for freezing as it is richer and denser.

Refreezing Cheesecake

It’s important to understand the potential risks and factors when deciding to refreeze cheesecake that has been previously frozen.It’s best to thaw the cheesecake in the refrigerator before serving to help restore the texture. 

The texture may be affected, becoming more dense or icy. 

If the cheesecake has been previously frozen and thawed, it’s best to eat the cheesecake within a day.

How To Tell Your Frozen Cheesecake Has Gone Bad

Freezing cheesecake is a great way to extend its shelf-life, but it’s important to ensure you don’t eat spoiled cheesecake; watch out for the following signs of spoilage:

  1. Mold: If you notice any mold growing on the surface of the cheesecake, it is no longer safe to eat.
  2. Discoloration: Any discoloration is also a sign that it’s no longer fit for consumption.
  3. Unpleasant smell: If you notice an unpleasant or sour smell coming from the cheesecake, it’s a sign that it’s no longer safe to eat.

Even if the cheesecake doesn’t show any signs of spoilage, if it tastes off or is not as fresh as it should be, it’s best to put it in the trash.

How To Freeze Cheesecake

If you aren't going to eat your yummy dessert that day, put it in the refrigerator in some aluminum foil. If it's going to be three to four days, pop it in an airtight container or ziploc bag and put it in the freezer. 

Some fridges come with freezer compartments (mostly for smaller fridges) however, when freezing cheesecake it is recommended to utilize a larger, airtight freezer.

Refrigerator compartments aren’t sufficiently cold for adequate freezing.

This is the most efficient method to freeze the cheesecake for later consumption: enjoy later:

  • Take off any toppings (whipped cream fruit, sauces, etc.).
  • Make sure that your cheesecake is properly chilled prior to freezing. This might seem evident, but if your cheesecake has been out for any period of time, it increases the chance of food-borne bacteria or even rotting your cheesecake. Just place your cheesecake in the refrigerator for a minimum of six hours before freezing it.
  • You can freeze the entire cheesecake or cut it into smaller portions.
  • If you’re freezing a whole cheesecake, wrap it in aluminum foil, and then place it inside an airtight container (heavy-duty freezer bag or Tupperware).
  • Raspberry and white chocolate miniature cheesecakes.
Raspberry and white chocolate miniature cheesecakes.

How To Freeze Miniature Cheesecakes

Mini cheesecakes are a great method of treating your guests to a tasty dessert that is a single-serve size. This makes them a popular choice for catering events as they can be prepared and then packaged and served in large quantities, rather than having guests cut their own pieces.

You can also make sure that there is an evenly cooked and served dessert to guests of all ages, or allow guests to decorate it according to the way they want.

Freezing mini cheesecakes follow the same procedure in the same way as slices of individual cheesecake:

  • Take off any additional toppings prior to freezing, and make sure that it’s properly chilled in the fridge beforehand.
  • Wrap each mini cheesecake in aluminium or plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer bag or heavy-duty airtight container.

How Long Will A Cheesecake Last In The Freezer


Store-bought cheesecake was made to be frozen. Pay attention to the label to find the date of expiration and be aware of the time period it can be stored for within the freezer.

Cheesecake can be stored in the freezer for anywhere from four to six weeks to a year. The majority of people who create or purchase single-serve cheesecakes will probably consume them within a couple of days, however, this shouldn’t be an issue.

PS. the common cause of spoiled food in a freezer is freezer burn. Don’t let this happen… RIP cheesecake!

The Benefits of Freezing Your Cheesecake


The major advantage of freezing cheesecake is it allows you to store it to be used for future use.

This can be useful when you wish to keep your dessert as leftovers for later consumption and keep the sweet treat for yourself. If you’ve created it for a large party you could make the dessert ahead of time and take it out as required.

Baked cream cheesecake and blueberry ganache.
Baked cream cheesecake and blueberry ganache.

There are additional advantages of chilling or freezing cheesecake which make it superior to when freshly made.

If you like a thick cheesecake that is rich and delicious, having it frozen, then thawed will make it denser (like buttermilk pie).

The ingredients are not likely to separate like other desserts, which makes it ideal to store and reuse when required.

Frequently Asked Questions


Does freezing cheesecake ruin it?

Freezing cheesecake can cause the texture to become dense and grainy. That's why it's important to follow the storage guidelines above.  

Does freezing cheesecake change the taste?

Freezing cheesecake can change the texture but it generally doesn’t affect the taste significantly.

Why shouldn’t you freeze cheesecake?

Cheesecake should not be frozen if it's homemade because its delicate texture is sensitive to temperature changes, which can cause it to become dense and grainy. Additionally, the moisture content in cheesecake can cause it to crack or become misshapen when frozen, affecting its appearance and texture. However, as stated above, correct freezing procedures will ensure that your frozen cheesecake will be as delicious as the day you bought or made it.  

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