If you’d like to keep with popular tradition and freeze the top tier of your wedding cake, but fear freezer burn and a sketchy tasting cake 365 days from now, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to successfully store your big-day-dessert so you can enjoy it on your one year anniversary.
- First, remove any adornments like sugar flowers or other ornaments and set aside.
- Chill the cake. This allows the icing to harden so the plastic wrap doesn’t stick to it. Chill time will vary, just be sure the icing is firm.
- Next, wrap the unadorned cake generously and snugly in multiple layers of of plastic wrap. Be sure there are no gaps or air pockets that might lead to dreaded freezer burn.
- Once the cake is solidly wrapped, place it in a sturdy container, like a box, which prevents dents from other misbehaving or carelessly placed frozen foods.
- Be sure to mark your little frozen bundle of nostalgia appropriately so you don’t mistake it for last month’s lasagna and accidentally toss it.
- When it’s time to celebrate your first year of wedded bliss, simply remove the box from the freezer 24 hours in advance, leaving all wrappings intact, and place it in the fridge. An hour before serving, unwrap it and set it out at room temperature.
Hints: Consider keeping your cake at a distance from other frozen leftovers so it doesn’t absorb any unwanted flavors.
Be mindful of cakes of with delicate ingredients, like creamy fillings, that may not freeze as well as heartier flavors like almond or carrot cake.
Some event planners will see to it that your top tier is wrapped properly and given to a trusted friend or relative until you can place it in your own freezer. And of course you always have the option of revisiting your bridal bakery prior to your anniversary and having them recreate your top tier if you’d rather not be bothered at all.
Did you know…? This modern tradition stems from an old custom when couples once preserved the top tier of their wedding cake to be used at their first child’s christening or baptism, which was assumed to take place within a year of the bride and groom’s nuptials.
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