- Wrap the cake in saran wrap several times. The key is not to allow any air to the cake. So, wrap it well. Yes, the side will get squished a bit and your design won't be all nice and pretty, but the cake will taste great!
- Put the cake in a box. Most bakers will provide a cake top box for you. If they don't, any local supply store will have them...as will Hobby Lobby and Michael's. Ask your baker if they do provide a box top and if not, bring one to the wedding and give to your catering staff or coordinator. I recommend getting an 8 inch square box (5 inches tall). I wouldn't recommend a container as the seal won't be as tight. Place the wrapped cake inside the box and then wrap the box in saran wrap several times. The key here is to keep air out!
- Store in the freezer. Immediately place your cake in the freezer and do not touch it! If you are planning to move I recommend keeping it at a parent or friends house (one whom you trust not to eat it...lol). You don't want the cake to thaw and re-freezer, as that will cause freezer burn.
- Let it thaw naturally. The day before your anniversary (or whenever you plan to indulge), remove the cake from the freezer and place the cake on your kitchen cabinet. Let it thaw naturally overnight. The next day unwrap your cake and enjoy!!
One question I get asked many times from couples is whether or not to save their top tier. Of course, they have heard from one friend that the cake tasted horrible a year later, while another friend swears is was just as tasty as the day they got married. Well, which friend is right. Answer...both of them! If done correctly, the cake will just as moist and flavorful as the day you married! But, if the directions are not followed to a T then your delectable cake will taste like freezer burnt cardboard. Here are a few tips to properly preserving the top tier of your wedding cake:
Kayla grew up in the wedding industry and has grown to love all things wedding. Please enjoy reading her thoughts and experiences as she continues to walk in family tradition.