I had often been told by past clients that the top layer of wedding cake that gets frozen until the first anniversary never tastes very good when eaten a year later. When I discussed this with Carol Lanner of The Bonbonerie, she explained that the taste a year later depends on the preparation before freezing. Her advice was to remove the bottom layer of cardboard the cake sits on before wrapping the cake in plastic wrap and foil. If left in place, this thin layer of cardboard sucks all the moisture out of the cake. We started sharing Carol’s trick with our clients and hoped for the best.
This week, Carol’s theory was proven to be true! I received an email from a client we worked with in September:
Hi Brigid – I wanted to let you know that Tom and I finally got around to defrosting our wedding cake for our anniversary and it was delicious. I am positive that the reason for the delicious cake is your recommendation to take off the cardboard from the layer before freezing. I followed the directions to a tee and the cake tasted as good as it did on our wedding day! i-do Weddings & Events is still impacting our lives a year after our wedding! I cannot say thank you enough to all of you! You made our day, and you are golden memories for me of our day!
Needless to say, Valerie’s note made my day. How cool to receive a note like this more than a year after a wedding. Step by step instructions for freezing the top layer are below.
- Have the catering staff remove the top cake layer and box it at the end of the night. Ask them to remove any items that won’t freeze well, such as fruit or flowers. Also ask them to remove the bottom layer of cardboard.
- Ask a trusted wedding guest who lives nearby to take the top layer home with her. Have her freeze it right away for at least 2 hours to harden the icing.
- Take the cake out of the freezer and wrap it in plastic wrap three to four times followed by a layer of tin foil.
- Place the wrapped cake back in the cake box.
- Wrap the entire cake box in three to four layers of plastic wrap. This will keep the taste and texture of the cake fresh.
- Place the cake box back in the freezer. Leave it there until it is ready to be eaten.
- Remove the box on your first anniversary. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for 48 hours and then another 2 to 3 hours at room temperature.