Most people don’t keep the top tier of their wedding cake anymore, because the thoughts of eating year-old cake puts them off slightly. But for the traditionalists, it is possible to keep it for your first anniversary without it tasting like it’s a year old.

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Wrapping it up

First, be sure to tell your venue that you plan to save the top tier. That way, they can look after it as soon as you’ve cut the cake. Remove any sugar decorations on the cake. Put it in the fridge to chill and help ensure the icing doesn’t stick. Then wrap your cake in several layers of cling film to avoid freezer burn. Then, seal it in an air-tight freezer bag and/or an air-tight container in the freezer. Make sure you label it so you don’t mistake it for anything else.

Marbled cake

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Know what lasts

The more delicate your cake is, the less likely it is to freeze well. White cake, cream-filled cake or cake with fresh fruit will not freeze as well as chocolate, hazelnut, almond or carrot cake. Buttercream and fondant can both be frozen, but take care to wrap it up tightly in plastic. You should also thaw your cake while still in the plastic wrap, in the fridge when it’s time to eat it – overnight is best. Then, take it out and let it come to room temperature for several more hours, while still in the plastic wrap.

Dusted cake

Consider ordering it again

If you want to keep the tradition of eating a piece of your wedding cake on your one year anniversary, but still feel nervous about freezing the actual cake, consider re-ordering it. Mention to your baker that you plan to order a small version of the cake so they’re aware of your plans. If they let you, place the order there and then and set yourself a reminder to pick it up for your first anniversary. You won’t know the difference.

- Jenny Darmody

Image credits: Cake table: Justine Bursoni Photography | Marbled cake: Danielle Yashar Photography | Dusted cake: Kaitlin Maree Photography

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