There are wedding traditions that many couples go along with because it’s just something you do. Saving the top layer of the wedding cake is one of them and we felt it was time to dig in and see why people give up the precious real-estate in their freezers!
If you have a top layer frozen safe and sound in your freezer now go ahead and skip to the bottom and check out the tips for prepping the frozen cake for your anniversary. Or maybe go check out Leo + Arleen’s wedding. Their three tiered cake was perfection! For those of you who haven’t made the plunge into the freezer this might shed some light into whether or not you want dig into year old cake.
Even if after this you still decide you want to save the top layer we will still happily give you the proper freezing techniques for wedding cake and support you fully in your decision, it is your wedding after all! We can still be friends right!?
Without further adu we will hand it over to the folks at the Bridal Guide to give us a history lesson on why it is tradition to save the top of a wedding cake!
To understand this tradition, you just have to think back to a familiar schoolyard rhyme: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” It used to be thought that once a wedding took place, a baby was going to come shortly after, so therefore the wedding and christening ceremonies were often linked, as were the respective cakes that were baked for each occasion. With fancy, elaborate, multi-tiered wedding cakes becoming a major trend in the 19th century, the christening cake began to take a back seat to the wedding cake. Since the top tier of the wedding cake was almost always left over, couples began to see the christening as the perfect opportunity to finish the cake. Couples could then logically rationalize the need for three tiers — the bottom for the reception, the middle for distributing, and the top for the christening. – Bridal Guide
Nowadays couples are keeping the top layer (in their freezer) to eat on their one year anniversary as a sweet memento from their day. If you decide to honor this tradition (although don’t feel the need to follow it exactly and use it as a christening cake!) here are some tips for storing and eating the treasured cake:
- Remove any and all flowers/cake toppers/other large decorations
- Place the cake on a wrapped cake board (cardboard but PLEASE wrap the cardboard in foil or the cake will taste like the cardboard…ew) and place in the freezer for about 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. Goal is to get the icing hard and the cake firm before the wrapping begins. You can remove the cake from the cake board at this point.
- Now that the cake it solid get out an industrial sized container of plastic wrap and get to wrapping. DO NOT SKIMP on this part, it should look like it could take a roll down our hill without a scratch on it (this keeps all the yucky tastes and freezer burn away).
- Follow plastic wrap with two layers of aluminum foil.
- Put in an air tight container and place in the bottom of a deep freezer.
- Set an alert on your phone for the day before your anniversary to pull it out.
- Cross your fingers that there aren’t any hurricanes where we lose power 🙂
- The day before your anniversary your reminder will go off and you will know it is time remove the cake from the depths of your freezer and place in the refrigerator.
- After about two hours remove the cake from its wrapping and place back into the refrigerator.
- When you sit down for dinner remove the cake from the fridge so it comes to room temperature.
- Grab two forks and enjoy!
** If you decide to forgo saving the top layer you can always reach out to your baker to see if they can make a replica with the same flavors and even design. This would make a killer surprise…hint hint **