Whether it’s a showstopper bake saved for a special occasion, or something simple and delicious made with your family at the weekend, the result of your time and effort deserves to be enjoyed fresh and spongy whenever you eat it.
Airtight storage boxes with handles are practical contenders when it comes to transporting and prolonging the life of bakes, thanks to the silicone seals and side locks. They’re suitable for the fridge, and you can also usually bung them in the dishwasher after use.
But if you’re after something more elegant, perhaps a decorative cake tin that can be filled with biscuits between bakes and left on the sideboard, we’ve got you covered.
This selection of decorative cake tins and storage boxes are our top picks for helping prolong the life of your bakes, balancing style with function and performance, so they look good and keep your cakes fresh.
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The best cake storage tins and boxes
Lock & Lock square cake box, 12.6 litres
Best cake storage box
This Lock & Lock edition is a firm favourite of the BBC Good Food team for a number of reasons. The four-lock system offers an airtight seal that’s perfect for keeping sponges soft and fillings fresh. Once unlocked, the lid lifts off easily, leaving the cake intact and accessible so you can avoid reaching down the high sides of a snug-fitting cake tin. A proper handle on the lid of the box makes transporting cakes upright so much easier. It’s also freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
Brompton cake tin
Best decorative cake storage tin
We love a two-in-one function. The flecked grey marble-look lid of this decorative cake storage tin doubles up as a serving plate. There’s naturally a heft behind this tin, which actually aids its silicone seal, helping keep cakes fresher for longer. Combined with a carbon-coloured steel finish, this is an impressive cake tin for storing and showcasing your cakes. This style is available in 8- and 10-inch sizes.
Sistema reversible cake box, 8.8 litres
Most versatile cake storage box
As the name suggests, this box has a reversible inner tray, meaning either one large or 12 individual cakes can be easily stored. Like the Lock & Lock, the Sistema features a carry handle on its lid for transporting bakes easily and safely. There’s also a silicone seal. The main difference is it has a double-lock system, rather than four. It’s also dishwasher-safe.
Nkuku recycled glass dome
Best decorative cake centrepiece
Made from sustainable wood and recycled glass, the eco credentials and sturdiness of this premium kitchen storage solution justify its price. The board is 23-24cm in width, large enough to accommodate a large layered cake under its lid. It’ll also work as a classy alternative to the traditional bread bin or cheese box.
Wham Cook aluminium and clear deep round cake/cheese dome
Best budget cake storage box
Wham Cook’s cake storage box interlocks with its base, and also features a carry handle. Unlike the others included, its plastic sides are frosted clear, which hides licks of icing quite well if any contents get knocked in transit. It’s 15cm in height, so the lid would easily accommodate layers of stacked flapjacks or brownies, in addition to showstopper cakes. Total size is 30 x 30 x 15cm.
Orla Kiely set of three cake tins
Best nest of decorative cake tins
Stackable cake tin sets are the Russian dolls of cake storage, and are usually cost-effective investments. Simply nest them together, and you only need to find space for storing one large cake tin in your cupboard. Designed by Orla Kiely, this statement set has tight-fitting lids, and offers a versatility that single cake storage boxes don’t. This set is hand-wash only, so avoid popping them in the dishwasher.
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