How Long Will Publix Hold A Cake

Publix is one of the best places to go if you’re looking for affordable custom-decorated cakes. The cake flavor, fillings, and icing or frosting can all be selected by you, and you can even bring in your custom designs or design inspiration for the cake decorator to work with. 

But, sometimes, you aren’t able to get to the store as quickly as you hoped after placing your order. After your cake is ready, how long will Publix hold custom cakes? 

Generally, Publix will hold a cake for up to 24 hours after pickup. After that, you might have to order a new cake because the store will throw out the old one to prevent food contamination or food poisoning if you come to get the cake. 

Some stores may hold cakes longer, depending on their current inventory and the space they have in refrigerated storage, but that’s no guarantee. If you aren’t sure what your local Publix policies are, you can always stop by the bakery and ask how long they can hold cakes once they’re ready. 

Thankfully even custom cakes are affordable at Publix, so you can replace them if you need to. Still, you should always try to pick up your custom cakes in time. 

The good news is that you can still send someone to get the cake even if you can’t go get it yourself. They need your last name to confirm the order and get the cake. So, in a pinch, send someone else! 

How Long Does Publix Cake Last? 

Publix cakes typically last pretty well, similar to the length of time you’d expect a freshly baked cake to last at home. Unrefrigerated, a cake is probably okay for up to 3 days without icing. With icing, it’s harder to say because both icing and frosting will probably go bad before the cake itself. 

Refrigerated, you can expect a cake to last a week or more, depending on the temperature of the refrigerator and what container you put it in. 

You can freeze the leftovers to help them last longer if you buy a large cake. You can probably keep a cake frozen for up to 3 months, but it might not be as fluffy and light when it’s defrosted as it was before you froze. 

Should I Refrigerate My Publix Cake? 

Most of the time, yes. Some cakes are shelf-stable, but any recipe that uses eggs, egg whites, or dairy products, especially in the icing, will last longer and stay safer if you keep it in the refrigerator. 

A couple of hours out during a party or special event shouldn’t cause any harm. But if you’re keeping the cake overnight or have any leftovers after the party, you should refrigerate it. 

How Early Do You Have To Order A Publix Cake? 

Generally, you should order a Publix cake at least 24 hours before you want to pick it up, and you should pick up the cake at least an hour or two before you need it. That gives you time to add your details, like additional decorations or candles, and also gives them a chance to correct any problems with the original cake. 

If you can, picking up your cake 24 hours early can ensure time for them to make another if your first cake isn’t decorated the way you wanted it. 

Are Publix Cakes Made In-Store? 

Yes and no. Most Publix baked goods come from their baked goods factory, located in Lakeland. They create cookies, cakes, and other baked goods on your local store shelves. 

But, when it comes to cake orders, some customization is done at the store to give you the exact cake you’re looking for. The cake came from the factory, but the icing, message, and custom decorations are all added to order in-store. 

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