Storing a tier (usually the top tier) of your wedding cake and eating it a year later is a symbol of good luck and prosperity. A unique and beautiful way to commemorate a year of marriage and remember the joyous occasion you shared together!
Freezing wedding cake is a long-standing tradition, and it’s critical that you follow the proper procedures if you want to preserve your wedding cake so that it’s edible a year later. It’s usually the very top tier that is secured for the celebration a year later.
Although freezer burn cakes are not particularly tasty, sentiments associated with cake are more important than taste in this case. BUT still, you would want to preserve as much flavor as possible.
This post is dedicated to all the newlyweds who intend to save their wedding cake for their first anniversary. We will walk you through the steps to freeze wedding cake in this post, so it lasts a year.
Let’s get started…
Steps to Freeze Wedding Cake
Take a look at the steps you should follow to freeze wedding cake so that it’s safe to eat a year later:
#1. First things first, remove all the non-edible wedding cake ornaments and decorations, such as artificial wedding cake toppers, artificial flowers, figurines, etc.
#2. You’ll need to harden it a little first if you don’t want to lose all of the delicate frosting decoration. So, put your tier in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight (as soon as possible after your wedding for best results) to stiffen the frosting.
#3. After the frosting has frozen in place, wrap the cake in 4 or 5 layers of cling wrap. Cover the entire piece or tier gently with cling wrap, being careful not to miss any spots or create any air bubbles. The more you use it, the better because it will eventually prevent freezer burn. Also, avoid handling the cake so much that the frosting begins to melt.
#4. Next, wrap in foil. Wrap your cake in a layer of heavy aluminum foil to protect it. Alternatively, you can protect your tier by wrapping it in aluminum foil at least 2-3 times.
#5. Your wedding cake is now ready to go into the deep freeze. Place your tier in a freezer-safe, airtight container.
#6. Wrap the cake box in plastic or saran wrap or a zip lock bag, giving your tier 360 degree protection.
#7. Place your box in a section of the freezer where it won’t be bumped around too much. And allow your cake to rest for a year!!
Oh, you’re wondering what to do now?
Well, I’m getting there; don’t worry, I won’t abandon you halfway…. ☺ ☺
The next step is to thaw your cake. Let’s take a look at how to thaw your wedding cake a year later. Of course, there is a procedure to follow; you cannot simply take it out of the freezer and begin eating it.
So, let’s go over the process of thawing your wedding cake.
Here we go…
Steps to Thaw Wedding Cake
#1. Transfer the wedding cake (still wrapped and in the cake box) from the freezer to the refrigerator 36 hours before your first anniversary.
#2. After a few hours, remove the cake from the freezer and completely unwrap it to allow it to thaw.
#3. Move the cake to the table and allow it to come to room temperature BEFORE you eat it. And you’re all set to enjoy your joyous moments one more time (Congratulations).
♦ Are you worried whether or not your wedding cake will taste the same a year from now?
Well, fret not! If you follow all of the steps listed above, you will not only be able to save it for a year, but you will also be able to enjoy it while commemorating your first anniversary.
Follow these tips, and you’re good to go!
PRO TIP 1: Do not allow your freezer to defrost! Otherwise, all of your efforts will be futile. Power outages are, of course, unavoidable. If that’s the case, don’t give up! The good thing is you can freeze and defrost the cake more than once in such circumstances. But, it should be avoided as much as possible.
Pro Tip 2: If you plan to save your cake for your one-year wedding anniversary, go for oil-based cakes or thick ones, like an Almond cake, English fruit cake, or chocolate cake. They are thought to be ideal for preserving because they can keep their flavors for a long time. Cakes with curds and fresh fruits, on the other hand, spoil way quicker and will not hold up too, though.
Pro Tip 3: You can solicit suggestions from your baker. They’re the right people to approach as they can assist you in selecting the best cake with the longest shelf life.
Pro Tip 4: If you intend to relocate, do not save your cake. Yes, many people move during their first year of marriage; if this is the case, avoid storing the wedding cake. Still, if you want to freeze wedding cake, keep it somewhere where it can be left untouched for a year, such as your parents’ or in-laws’ house. You don’t want it defrosting and refreezing, so don’t take it out for a full year.
So that’s how you can freeze wedding cake and eat it a year later. If the idea of eating a year-old cake does not appeal to you or if your freezing method does not work (due to any reason), contact your original baker and order a small cake in the same flavors as your original wedding cake.
The idea is to mark your first anniversary with a cake, either preserved or fresh. What matters the most is the bond and the sweetness of your relationship, which should never fade!
Happy Wedding… ☺ ☺
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