Multi-tiered cakes are a very traditional, and almost an unwritten law requirement, during weddings. If it’s a wedding, it must have a multi-tiered cake, particularly those white cakes that are typically three tiers high with a small couple topper gracing the top tier. When it’s time to slice the cake, a couple typically sets apart the last tier. It’s a tradition to most couples that they should save the top tier of a cake for the christening of their firstborn. However, since more and more couples nowadays do not see it a priority to make a family first, they just set it aside for their first wedding anniversary.
Whichever your reason may be for setting aside that delectable top tier it’s important that you properly take care of the storage. One year is too long to preserve a cake’s original flavor. Most of the time, cakes that are stored for this purpose would taste stale; cakes tend to get dry after a year. While hazelnuts, chocolates, carrot cakes, and almonds do just well, cakes with whipped filling and fresh fruits as well as the dreamy, staple white wedding cakes do not do well for a year. In fact, food experts only give it two months for the original flavor of the cake to taste the same.
If you want to keep the top tier and recover it the best possible taste and form, you must know how to properly save it in the fridge. After all, the purpose of this tradition is to relieve your wedding day which seemed to be so distant but it really was just a year that has gone by. Here is the ideal process on how you should store your cake’s top tier for your first baby or first wedding anniversary:
- In advance, let the caterers know that you’ll be saving the top tier. As early as the wedding planning stage, it would help you and the caterers decide on a cake that would last for a year.
- If it’s time to slice the cake, entrust the top tier to a friend of yours. He or she has to keep it the entire wedding reception. If you’re off to a honeymoon immediately, have that friend of yours do the keeping for a while. After the honeymoon, you can come and get it back for your turn to keep it.
- Remove all large and notable decorations, including large sugar flowers. You can keep small cake decorations like chocolate buttons for that aesthetic nostalgia and appeal. Make sure that the icing and everything else in the cake is completely intact.
- If your cake has a cardboard base, you need to remove the base. If you keep it intact, your cake may taste like cardboard in the bottom.
- Keep your cake in the freezer for 20 minutes at the very least up to three hours. What’s important is that the icing freezes up to a point where it won’t crack or crumble when you wrap it or that it won’t stick into the wrapper later on.
- When you think the icing is ready, wrap the cake into a plastic cling wrap, not an aluminium foil. Make sure it’s airtight and sealed.
- Place it inside a container. You can put a ribbon around it to remind you that this is the top tier cake you saved. Keep it inside the freezer for a year, or until you have your first born or first anniversary.
To eat the cake, you just have to remove and defrost the cake and store it in room temperature. When in occasions that you need to eat or dispatch the cake, you can always go to a baker and have an exact same six-inch anniversary cake done, with the exact same details as your top-tiered cake. In the end, it’s the nostalgia of your wedding day that counts.