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Does Cheesecake Go Bad? How Long Is Cheesecake Good for?

“My weakness is sweets. I like bread pudding and cheesecake in particular.”_Vivek Murthy.

Sweets and desserts are a delight! Sometimes we find them irresistible! Like Vivek, we love cheesecake too.

This article will give you all the details you need on how long your cheesecake can last and how to store them properly.

15-Second Summary

  • Cheesecake lasts for 2 hours at room temperature, 5 to 7 days in the fridge, and about 8 months in the freezer.
  • To determine if cheesecake is spoiled, look out for molds, discoloration, smell, and texture.
  • Store your cheesecake wrapped up or in containers and put it in the refrigerator.

Read also: 10 Best Egg Substitutes for Cake Mix

Does Cheesecake Go Bad?

cheesecake strawberry

Yes, sadly, yummy things don’t last forever.

Cheesecake is made from cheese, cream, eggs, and other delicate ingredients; it can go bad. Additionally, cheesecake’s moisture content and fluffy texture predispose it to get bad quickly.

Since that information is out of the way, how long can cheesecake last?

How Long Does Cheesecake Last?

Storage environment, storage methods, and ingredients affect the longevity of your cheesecake.


Whether it is homemade or store-bought cheesecake, how long can cheesecake last? We can summarise its shelf life into:

Cheesecake Shelf Life

Room Temperature



Homemade Cheesecake

Less than 2 hours

3 to 5 days

Up to 6 months

Store-bought Cheesecake

Less than 2 hours

5 to 7 days

Up to 8 months

Room Temperature- Two hours

Your cheesecake should not stay longer than two hours on the kitchen counter.

Cheesecake melts quickly, and if you prepare one with frosting, you have to be extremely careful. If you aren’t, you will have an unattractive and deformed cheesecake.

In our opinion, storing at room temperature isn’t storage because it predisposes your cheesecake to spoilage faster.

But, we recommend the use of the next option.

Refrigerator- 3 to 5 days

Homemade cheesecakes last in the refrigerator for about 3 to 5 days. But, store-bought cakes tend to last longer, about 5 to 7 days.

We give credit to the preservatives added to store-bought cakes; this makes them last longer.

Freezer- 6 to 8 months

To keep the quality of your cheesecake, we don’t recommend freezing it for too long.

Our recommendation is because the cream ingredients lose their texture and sometimes taste. So when you thaw, your cake might not be as creamy as it should be.

However, if you insist on freezing, your cake can be stored for about 2 months.

What if you are not sure if you stored your cheesecake correctly? How can you tell when it is bad?

How to Tell if Cheesecake is Bad?

To determine the quality of your cheesecake, look out for these signs:

strawberry cheesecake


Molds are the most obvious signs that your cake is bad. Black or green molds growing on your cake indicate bacteria infestation. Your cheesecake sadly has to go.

Do not cut off the part with a visible mold and eat the rest; this can be risky as the mold might have infected the whole cake but hasn’t shown physical signs.

If you notice even a dot of mold, throw it out! It’s bad.


When your cake is fresh, its aroma is pleasing and alluring. However, if you perceive anything different from the regular, please discard it; it is bad even if there are no visible molds.


If your cheesecake becomes soggy, it’s time to thrash it. When liquid starts seeping out of your cake, and the base feels soggy, it’s time to let go.


Usually, cheesecakes are pale yellow due to the cheese and cream ingredients. But it can also be dark brown or another color. This depends on any additional component.

The focus is on discoloration; if you notice a color different from the normal after a few days, your cake is bad.

Check the sides and edges; if you notice a darker yellow streak, then it’s spoilt.

Don’t cry over that delicious cheesecake that got spoilt; you can prevent it from happening again by storing it properly.

How to Store Cheesecake?

To get the best out of your cheesecake, take note of these storage practices:

chocolate cheesecake


To keep your cake’s cream and cheese ingredients fresh, put them in the freezer.

Freeze it for the best results once you make your cheesecake or buy it.

Wrap It Up

Would you want your delicious cake to absorb the strong smell from other things in your fridge? No! Now wrap it up tightly, and protect it from odor and moisture.

Use plastic wraps or a double layer of aluminum foil to protect your cake. Wrapping it up also shields it from freezer burn.


Containers and cake holders are another fantastic way of shielding your cake while they are refrigerated.

Apart from their use for the cake, the container also helps organize your fridge and creates space. The plus side is that it saves you the stress of “unwrapping” to take a piece and “re-wrapping” when you are done.

Generally, keep these tips in mind for the best cheesy experience:

  1. Keep your temperature constant. Don’t alternate between refrigerating and room temperature. The temperature change will cause the cake to get spoilt.
  2. Store your cheesecake plain. Don’t add toppings and frost until you are ready to serve it. This will preserve it and make it taste better.
  3. Don’t put it in the freezer if you intend to eat your cheesecake a few days after purchase or preparation.

Now that we know these tips and best practices, here is what you need to know about the risk of eating bad cheesecake.

Risks of Eating Expired Cheesecake

pefect cheesecake

Abdominal discomfort is a significant risk of eating expired cheesecake. It can cause nausea, appetite loss, and food poisoning in some instances.

You don’t want to experience those terrible things; once you notice your cake is bad, discard it.

FAQs About Cheesecake

How to make cheesecake?

Cheesecake is one of the favorite desserts of many people. The flavor, texture, and taste are really out of this world. Here is my favorite recipe to make the perfect cheesecake:

Can you freeze cheesecake?

Yes, you can freeze cheesecake. In the freezer, the cheesecake still has good quality for about two or 3months. It can stay longer, though.

If I use different ingredients in my cheesecake, would it last longer?

Yes. Cheesecakes without eggs tend to last longer than those with eggs.

Can I leave my cheesecake overnight?

No. You can’t leave your cheesecake overnight. Cheesecake can only stay at room temperature for 2 hours. If you leave it overnight, it’ll get spoiled.

Final Words

Cakes are delectable, you should enjoy them anytime, with proper storage you sure can. Store you cheesecake properly and enjoy its goodness.


I’m Jennifer Schlette, a Registered Dietitian and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. I love cooking, reading, and my kids! Here you’ll find the healthiest recipes & substitutions for your cooking. Enjoy, and be well, friends!

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