How To

How to Freeze the Top Tier of a Wedding Cake

May 28, 2013

In honor of all those upcoming June weddings, I think it’s only appropriate to share this tutorial on freezing the top tier of a wedding cake.

It’s tradition to save the top tier of your wedding cake to eat on your first anniversary. I’m sure you already know this. Most couples I know who have done this haven’t had much success, but that’s just because they didn’t know my mother.

My Mom and step-dad had taken the top tier of their wedding cake all the way to Florida to enjoy on their first anniversary. However, it was so bad, they ended up throwing it on the beach for the birds. My Mom didn’t want us to suffer the same fate, so when we ordered mine and Travis’ wedding cake (seen above), Mom started asking questions about preserving it. The lady who baked our cake is amazingly talented and was happy to share her knowledge, which my mother ended up tweaking a bit.

I’m happy to say that we actually enjoyed our wedding cake one year after our wedding day, which was especially nice since neither of us had a full piece at the wedding. It was a special nod to the most special day of our lives. And it was delicious!

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After a wedding we attended a few weekends ago I was entrusted with the top tier of the bride’s cake (along with the remainder of the groom’s cake.) I followed my Mom’s advice to preserve their cake.

Here’s the step by step for any other brides out there who wish to preserve the top tier of their wedding cake.

  1. After the wedding have the cake boxed up (your caterer should be able to do this) and send it home with someone you trust, like your mom, for instance. This person will be responsible for preserving your cake. You’ll be on your honeymoon. Have the designated cake freezer follow the steps below.
  2. Remove any non-edible decorations. The cake I was working with had a butter cream swirl decorations on the side; this is fine to freeze since it’s edible. The groom’s cake had a printed design on top; this is also, obviously, fine to freeze.
  3. The cake will need to be thoroughly chilled before it can be frozen. I recommend leaving it in the fridge overnight.
  4. After the cake is chilled, remove it from the fridge and wrap in plastic wrap. Securely wrap all sides of the cake with several layers of plastic wrap. Like 8 layers. Seriously.
  5. Wrap the plastic-wrapped cake snugly with aluminum foil. You can tape down any loose ends if you want. Taping is completely optional. Travis decided we needed to tape down the edges of the cake we were preserving since it would be traveling. We froze the top tier of the bride’s cake, the remainder of the groom’s cake and a piece for the newlyweds to enjoy after their honeymoon. 
  6. Immediately place in freezer.
  7. Eat in one year!

Some types of cakes will not freeze as well as others, so please check with your baker if you’re not sure.

This post was originally shared September 23, 2012. When I moved from to a self-hosted blog, some of my favorite posts seemed to get lost in the shuffle. During the next month or so, you may see more posts like this. 

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