One week ago, Luke and I celebrated our first anniversary. While I was looking forward to dinner and the other things we had planned, I was most excited to enjoy a slice of wedding cake and reclaim space in my freezer!
Of all the wedding traditions, saving the top tier of the cake is one of the strangest. In the states, tradition dictates couples enjoy a piece of cake on their first anniversary. I understand British couples save their cake until the birth of their first child. Historically, British couples send cake to guests unable to attend the wedding- there are even special mailing boxes for this exact purpose. Wedding cake in England is usually fruitcake, which is practically indestructible.
For our wedding, Luke’s sister-in-law made our cake. It was carrot cake (my favorite!) layered with cheesecake and topped with cream cheese frosting. Let’s just say there weren’t any leftovers. We also served
cupcakes in a variety of flavors. We also had a complementary “groom’s cake”, a 6-inch round cake the bakery provided so we’d have an actual cake to cut for pictures. We already had a beautiful wedding cake for photos, and opted to freeze the complementary cake.
When I removed the cake from the freezer, I was pleasantly surprised to find it in perfect condition. Wrapping and unwrapping the cake while it is cold prevents the frosting from being smudged. One year later, our pink champagne cake was moist and delicious. I am so glad we decided to do this quirky tradition, as it served as such a sweet (sorry- pun intended) reminder of our wedding.
While freezing cake is usually reserved for wedding cakes, you can use these instructions to freeze any cake- whether it be for a couple weeks or a year. Or if you’re in the UK, even longer!
The first step in freezing your cake is recruiting someone else to do it for you. There are a million things you’ll want to be doing on your wedding day, and wrapping cake after the reception should not be on that list. My mom and her sisters assigned themselves to this task and did a beautiful job.
After the wedding, place the cake/tier you wish to save in the refrigerator overnight. Since we knew beforehand that we wouldn’t eat the groom’s cake at the reception, the friends and family who set up the reception put the cake in the fridge right away- eliminating the need to wait overnight. After the cake has sufficiently cooled, wrap tightly in several layers of plastic wrap, ensuring none of the cake is exposed to air. Carefully place the wrapped cake in a gallon-sized freezer bag and seal tightly. If you have a cake box, move the cake into the box and seal.
Set your cake in the back of your freezer, and spend your first year of marital bliss rearranging your entire freezer around your cake. If your cake is in a box, you can stack some items (like frozen pizzas) on top without crushing the box or cake.
The day before your anniversary (or the day you want to enjoy your cake), remove the cake from the freezer and refrigerate overnight. A few hours before eating your cake, remove the cake from the refrigerator and unwrap. Let the cake warm to room temperature (2-4 hours, depending on the cake). Finally, your cake is ready to eat! Enjoy a slice of cake and toast to many more anniversaries!