Perserving your Wedding Cake for your 1st Wedding Anniversary
It’s a common wedding tradition for newlyweds to save some of their wedding cake for their first wedding anniversary or the christening of their first child whichever came first!. After being married for 365 days, you can celebrate this matrimonial milestone by feasting on a slice of your wedding cake. However, conventional wisdom should lead you to believe that your wedding cake won’t be good after a year unless you preserve it.
Decide How Much You Want to Preserve
You don’t need to preserve all your leftover wedding cake. On the contrary, most couples only save the top tier, disturbing the remaining tiers and slices to their guests after the reception.
Although the top tier is typically the smallest, it should still offer you and your spouse at least a half-dozen slices – probably more. Talk to your spouse and decide how much cake you want to preserve. After agreeing, ask the maid of honour or best man or catering staff to save the desired tier or section of your cake.
Remove Toppers and Decorations
With your wedding cake in hand, remove any wedding cake toppers or inedible decorations from it. The icing is fine, but plastic toppers, ornaments and decorations should be removed. Otherwise, you won’t be able to fully cover the cake with plastic film.
Wrap With Plastic Film
Next, place your wedding cake in the refrigerator for about an hour so that the icing hardens. After removing the cake from the refrigerator, wrap it in at least three layers of plastic film. If you don’t place your cake in the refrigerator first, the soft icing may squish and collapse, so chill your cake before attempting to wrap it.
In our parents and grandparents day it was much easier to preserve the top tier as wedding cake were fruit cakes, which only get better with time and do not require freezing.
Inspect your wedding cake one last time to ensure that every square inch is completed covered in at least three layers of plastic film to prevent freezer burn which would ruin your cake. If it looks good, you can place it in your freezer until your first wedding anniversary. Label and date your cake and if possible place it in a ridge box.
Defrosting Your Wedding Cake
On the day before your first wedding anniversary, you should remove your cake from the freezer and transfer it to your refrigerator for defrosting. You should allow your cake to sit in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. For added softness, you can also let it sit on your kitchen counters for one or two hours immediately before eating it. As a finishing touch put your wedding cake topper on it again to bring back memories of your wonderful day.