Storing the Wedding Cake and Keeping it Fresh
A tradition followed by most newlyweds is to save the top tier of their wedding cake for their first anniversary. The cake may, however, turn sour or get frostbite if the cake is not stored properly. A stale cake will not let you remember your wedding day the way it was. Follow these steps to keep your cake fresh:
- Remove the decorations from the cake such as the flowers or the topper. Smaller decorations that are made of icing will be fine. If the cake is on unwrapped cake board, you will want to remove the cake and wrap the board in foil. Wrapping the board will prevent the cake from tasting like cardboard a year later. If the cake is on plastic, do not worry about wrapping the plate with foil.
- Next, place the cake in the freezer for about twenty minutes. This will allow the icing to become firm and not stick to the plastic wrap.
- After the cake has been freezing for twenty minutes, you will be ready wrap the cake. You will want to completely cover the cake with plastic wrap and make sure that it is airtight.
- Next, you will want to wrap with at least two layers of aluminum foil. The more protection you can give the cake, the less likely it is to taste like freezer burn the next year.
- You can also add to your cake�s protection by placing it in a storage container.
Defrosting the Cake
To defrost your cake for your anniversary, begin the process in your refrigerator. After two hours of defrosting in the refrigerator, remove the cake from the wrapping and allow it to defrost the rest of the way in the refrigerator. Just before you are going to serve the cake, allow the cake to rest at room temperature.
If you are unable to save the top tier of your cake, don�t worry. The bakery will be more than happy to bake a separate tier for your anniversary. These small cakes are not very expensive and you can even have the cake decorate similarly to your original wedding cake. Many couples opt for this option if they don�t have enough freezer space or they may be moving, traveling, etc.
Traditionally, many families would save the top tier of the cake for their first child�s christening as the events would take place close to each other, but as fewer couples were having children as soon as they got married it became unfeasible to save the top tier for several years. Thus, the tradition of serving the cake at the first anniversary was born.
If you are saving a groom�s cake or smaller cakes for eating as dessert after your big day and not necessarily for a special occasion, you will want to avoid refrigerating the cake. It should be refrigerated if the frostings and fillings are perishable, but otherwise it will only dry the cake out.
Cakes that have pieces of fresh fruit or are made from fruit such as bananas tend to mold quickly if left at room temperature. They should be refrigerated to keep them fresh and safe to eat.