(Closed) Freezing top layer of wedding cake for 1 year anniversary

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007

I was told it tastes pretty bad and most people take one bite and throw it out. So we decided to save just a slice and eat the rest of the cake with our neighbors/family the week after the wedding. That way we will still take our one bite on our anniversary and only throw away a slice rather than the whole cake!

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We are saving the top of the cake for the tradition of it.  We will most likely experiment with vacuum freezer bags, and hope for the best…

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

As if I could let a whole cake sit in the freezer for an entire year without giving in and eating it.  Haha.  Not gonna happen.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

A friend who got married last year had a party at their home for their one year anniversary.  She’s a wonderful cook and much fun was had.  She did order a sheet cake from a local bakery for dessert, but she also served the top tier of her wedding cake.  It tasted almost as good as on the wedding day!  The caveat, though, is that her cake was a cheesecake.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2007

Freezer burnt cake = tastes like crap.  Some bakers will actually re-create your top layer for you on your anniversary as part of the wedding package or I’m sure it’d probably be relatively inexpensive to have them do one up near your anniversary. My mom is making mine, so I might ask her to do this for us.  I really don’t want to take up freezer space with a cake that will taste gross when we are "supposed" to eat it.  I’d rather enjoy it in our honeymoon suite after the wedding – since we’ll probably only get a few bites at the actual wedding.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2007

We are saving the tope layer and have bought a special box from orientaltradingcompany.com  that is suppose to keep it "fresh". 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008

I completly forgot about the tradition, and as I had ordered a 220 serving cake for a 225 person reception, I dont think there was any left over to take home. but I don’t care. I’ll just order another cake for the anniversary 🙂 I like it fresh.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2006 - Jericho Terrace - Long Island, NY

i’m about a week from eating ours.  it’s been in a tupperware container in our freezer for a year and let me tell you- it does NOT look good hahha. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I know that my friend moms bought a spacil container for this freezing thing. It’s been going on forever – I think my grandparents did it in fact. But as the idea of it makes me gag – I went with a cake company called Buttercream, who actually makes us a new replica of the top layer for us on our one year anniversary.

 

If you do want to freeze it and want me to figure out what cake container she bought, message me I’d love to help you more if I can. As far as I know it was edible and not horrible when they we’re defrosted. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

Generally, I’ve heard not to expect too much on the taste front!  If you care about taste, better to have something special re-created for your first anniversary….

Then again, we actually got into a random conversation about this with the catering manager at our venue yesterday.  She swears the trick is to (1) wrap the cake first in Saran Wrap and then a couple of layers of freezer bags, and (2) most importantly, thaw it overnight in the fridge.  She swears most of the taste problems come from people thawing it too quickly by leaving it out on the counter. 

Of course, I have no experience to know whether she’s right, but she said she’s given the same advice to many other brides, and several have told her it works great!

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Hm, how funny — I was just thinking about this ’cause yesterday was our four month anniversary and the 2nd anniversary of our engagement!

We did freeze the top layer of our cake, and I snuck it into my parents’ freezer, ha ha!  A friend said they did it and it wasn’t that great, but she didn’t wrap it well.  Another friend said they did it and his Mother-In-Law wrapped it in a gazillion layers of wax paper, newspaper, foil and ziploc bags. It came out OK, but I think it depends on the taste/quality of the cake to begin with.

The layer in the ‘rents’ freezer is wrapped in wax paper, a lot of newspaper, foil, newspaper again, foil again, and then in two ziploc bags. I think the theory behind the newspaper is that it soaks up any moisture, so it doesn’t freeze into ice crystals and "burn" the cake, but don’t quote me on that. I just did it ’cause someone told me to.

We also had some left over deeeelicious cake that I was not about to part with (seeing as how I never even finished my first piece at the wedding!), so I froze that in our own freezer. We had some on our one-month and two-month anniversaries, and it was fine.  We’ve been forgetting to bust it out the past couple months, so we’ll see what it’s like next month!  If it doesn’t suck, then I have high hopes for the top layer, since our portion was only wrapped in 1 layer of "Press ‘n’ Seal" wrap and 1 layer of foil, then shoved in a Ziploc.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

For anyone out there still reading this post…

I don’t think one year old cake tastes very good.  What I am planning to do is…different, not conventional.  My vendor does not allow outside foods, and so we are unable to accomodate a groom’s cake.  So instead I am surprising Mr. Sapphire with a groom’s cake on our one year anniversary!  The wedding cake is traditionally vanilla and the groom’s cake is traditionally chocolate.  In my experience chocolate keeps better in the freezer, so maybe you could freeze the groom’s cake instead!

Post # 15
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Wannabee

We did it!

It was GREAT!

 

We had ours wrapped in saran wrap and then put in a cardboard box and deep freezed. We ate it today (our one year!!) and it tasted so good we had it with breakfast and lunch and will probablly be eating from it tomorrow too! I know this sounds crazy but it really does taste pretty much like it would if it was made a couple of days ago. The trick is when you defrost it pull it out the night before and put a fan on it so that when it cools and sweats it doesn’t get soggy and gross. Good Luck!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Forgive me if someone has already addressed this….but:

Technically, it is not safe to eat cake which has been frozen for that long due to latenet microbials and bacteria.  So, many bakers do not encourage couples to  freeze the top layer anymore.  Most will offer a 1 year anniversary cake.  

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