Have you ever wondered where the tradition of saving the top tier of a wedding cake comes from? And more importantly, have you ever wondered how to package it so that it maintains a certain amount of taste and freshness when you finally indulge in it?
The tradition of preserving the top layer of wedding cake started in the late 19th century. It was assumed that couples would be producing their first child soon after the wedding and that the cake would be a way to celebrate the christening of the first newborn. With the introduction of birth control and couples waiting longer to have children, the reason for saving the top tier changed and couples began to save it for their first anniversary.
There are some key steps to ensuring optimal freshness of your cake when you are packaging it, and you may want to pass this information on to your coordinator or another trusted person who will take responsibility for this task, as you will likely be busy and tired from the day’s festivities.
The most important first step is to put the cake in the refrigerator overnight so that the icing and fondant don’t stick to the wrap. The next day, wrap the cake tightly in several layers of plastic wrap making sure that you squeeze out any air as you go to prevent freezer burn which will compromise the taste. After wrapping the cake tightly with plastic wrap, wrap it once more in aluminum foil and put it in the back of your freezer where it will not incur the opening and shutting of the freezer door for the whole year to come. The day before your anniversary, place the cake in the refrigerator to begin defrosting slowly and on the day you intend to eat it, let it sit out at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Remove the wrappings, turn on your wedding video, enjoy your cake with your loved one and reflect on one year of marriage and on your happy day.
*If eating cake that's been frozen for a year is unappealing to you, ask your baker to recreate the top layer for your enjoyment.
By Cindy Burreson
GPSWA Social Media Chair
Sales Manager/Tommy Bahama Restaurant
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