There are so many wedding traditions out there today, from something old/something blue to not seeing the groom on the wedding day. It always surprises me where these wedding traditions stem from, and this week our amazing CS team came to me with a question that truly stumped me – Why is it that we carry on the tradition of saving the top tier of our wedding cake for our one year anniversary? And where in the world did that tradition stem from?
After some extensive research, I have found the answer! Back in the old days, it was believed that the main purpose of marriage was for procreation. It was thought that by the couple’s one year wedding anniversary, a child would be born. The top tier of the wedding cake was thus saved with the intent to be served at the baby’s Christening, one year later. I don’t know about you, but serving my Christening guests one year old cake does not sound extremely appetizing, though it is extremely frugal!
Nowadays the saving of the top tier of wedding cake is typically more of an intimate tradition by the married couple to reminisce their wedding day together and bring luck for the remainder of their marriage…and who knows, maybe a baby will result from this luck and love!
Are you thinking about carrying on the tradition of saving the top tier of your wedding cake ? If so, there are a few things you’ll need to know about freezing and preserving your cake, as well as defrosting it one year later!
Freezing Your Cake
-Fruit cake is the easiest cake to freeze, due to the moisture rich ingredients.
-Steer clear of vanilla and chocolate cakes, as they often dry out.
-Fondant is much easier to freeze and preserve than a sugar or cream based frosting
-When you bring your wedding cake home, place it in the freezer for up to three hours, (without any box/protection), to harden the frosting.
-To avoid freezer burn or bacteria, wrap your cake tightly with saran wrap, being careful not to leave any air bubbles which may increase condensation.
-Alternatives to saran wrap are freezer bags or foil
-Place your wrapped cake into a cake box for safe storage and be sure to mark it “Do Not Serve – Save for Anniversary” so that nobody accidentally serves the cake.
1 Year Later…
-Place your cake in the fridge to thaw, which will help prevent your cake from getting soggy as it thaws
-Alternatively, you may thaw the cake at room temperature, with a fan blowing at the cake to avoid over moisture from condensation.
FUN TIP: As your top tier of wedding cake is typically saved for your anniversary, the number of servings bakers list per cake size does not include the top tier.