Tradition holds that the bride and groom are to freeze the top layer of their wedding cake until their first anniversary, and upon that day, thaw the cake and enjoy it together. Sadly, many couples are disappointed to learn that the cake didn’t make it through the year inside the freezer with flying colours. This situation can be avoided by following the proper steps to freeze the wedding cake. The process isn’t difficult but no step should be skipped as each is an important part of the end result.
First, all decorations must be removed before the cake can be frozen. Remove adornments from the cake, disturbing the icing as little as possible. Any decorations that are made of icing can be left in place as long as they’re not so large that they will interfere with the cake being well-wrapped later. Next, the entire cake layer should be placed in the refrigerator for a few hours. This allows the outer surface to begin hardening gradually, which will help to preserve the shape of the cake as it’s prepared for freezing. Once the icing has begun to harden proceed with wrapping the cake. Using plastic wrap or aluminium foil, wrap the entire layer of cake making sure to overlap the ends so that no air can seep through.
At this stage it’s ideal to vacuum-seal the cake if at all possible. If you don’t have access to this type of kitchen equipment, the next best thing will be to use the largest size freezer storage bag available. Place the cake inside and close the zipper completely except for a small space to release air, then gently press as much air out of the bag as possible and finish sealing the bag. The entire package should be placed into a box. Many bakeries will provide a box specifically for this purpose, however, if a box isn’t provided you should select a box that is large enough to contain the cake without crushing it. Once all of the steps are complete the cake is ready to be frozen.
An entire year is a long time for anything to remain frozen, but especially something as delicate as wedding cake. That’s why following the steps outlined above is so important. When you’re ready to eat the cake all you need to do is unbox it, and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for several hours, then at room temperature for perhaps 30 minutes more. Finally, enjoy cake and sweet memories together, and look forward to the rest of your lives as a couple.