So you want to jump on the bandwagon of tradition and save the top tier of your wedding cake for your first anniversary? You’re wondering how to do that, safely.
My honest advice? Don’t.
You’ve never eaten anything a year old out of the freezer before, so why start now? It’s not going to taste good. Is this how you really want to celebrate your anniversary? By choking down stale, dry, freezer-burnt wedding cake after a romantic dinner? That will really get everyone in the mood.
OK, snobbery aside. Here’s what you should do if you really want to save the top of your wedding cake!
1. Remove the decorations. Remove your cake topper, large gumpaste and sugar flowers and any other decorations on your cake. Feel free to leave on smaller sugar flowers and icing details.
2. Remove cardboard. If the tier is on cardboard, transfer the cake to a plastic one. If you leave it on the cardboard, your cake will absorb the taste of cardboard during the course of the year. (In other words, it will taste disgusting.) You can also use a foil covered board, but if you’re like me, you’re paranoid about the potential connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s. The thought of my wedding cake absorbing anything from the aluminum for an entire year freaks me out! Plastic is fine.
3. Pre-freeze the cake. Place the cake unwrapped in the freezer for an hour or so and let the frosting firm up. If you skip this step, you’ll be dealing with a gooey mess as you try to wrap the soft, sticky frosting.
4. Wrap in plastic wrap. Remove the cake from the freezer and wrap it with plastic wrap. I recommend at least five full layers of plastic wrap. You’re trying to prevent freezer odors and burn from getting into your cake. Don’t use aluminum foil for your base layers! No, seriously, it will stick to your frosting.
After you have mummified your cake with plastic wrap, add a final layer of aluminum foil.
5. Place cake in a large plastic container. Place your wrapped cake top in a big plastic container and have fun during the rest of the year trying to find enough room in your freezer for your actual food.
6. Finally, have a backup plan. Call your local baker and ask them to make a simple 4″ or 6″ cake in your wedding cake flavors so you can actually enjoy your cake on your first anniversary! (Feel free to skip steps one to five, and just complete step six.)