Last Updated on December 27, 2021
When it comes to wedding cakes, there is a lot of work that goes into baking and decorating them. Since they are so special, many couples choose to freeze the top tier of their cake to enjoy it on their one-year anniversary. If you plan to keep a tier, you will want to know how to store wedding a cake.
With the proper steps, you can store your wedding cake in your freezer for up to a year. This makes a special dessert to enjoy on your first anniversary. If you don’t want to store it for a whole year, there are other ways you can keep it for after your wedding.
Popular Wedding Cake Flavors
Choosing a wedding cake is a special time for a couple that is about to get married. There are different factors to take into consideration such as flavors, size, and decoration. It takes a lot of thought to decide on the right cake for your big day.
Some of the most popular flavors include white, almond, chocolate, vanilla, marble, lemon, and red velvet. There are also several delicious frostings including buttercream, cream cheese, fondant, and whipped cream. You can also add different fillings including strawberry, raspberry, custard, and frosting.
When choosing a wedding cake, you want to make sure you order a large enough cake to serve all your guests. In addition, be sure to order extra if you plan to freeze the top layer of your cake. In addition, cupcakes can be a great option to serve at your wedding as well.
How To Store A Wedding Cake
Oftentimes, a wedding cake will only last around 4-7 days unless you freeze it. Depending on the frosting and filling in your cake, it can last for six months to one year in the freezer if properly stored.
Cakes with whipped cream, custard, or fruit filling often will not last as long as these fillings/frostings are more perishable and simply do not freeze as well. It is often a good idea to not include these types of fillings/frosting in the tier you will freeze. If you want to have them, it is best to include them in another tier.
With the proper steps, a cake can be frozen for a whole year. As long as you carefully follow each step, it will taste just as good as it did on your wedding day.
How to store short term
In the case you don’t plan on saving a tier for your first anniversary, you can still store the leftovers to enjoy. In most cases, your leftovers will last for two to three days at room temperature in an airtight container. They will also last for around four to seven days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Any cakes that have cream cheese frosting, whipped cream frosting, custard filling, or fruit filling should be kept in the fridge at all times when not serving. These frosting and fillings are considered to be perishable.
How to preserve a wedding cake
Preserving wedding cakes is a common tradition among many newlyweds. It makes for a great way to celebrate your first year wedding anniversary. As long as you carefully prepare your cake, it will be able to last in the freezer for a whole year.
If you plan to preserve your wedding cake, freeze it immediately after your wedding. First, remove any decorations from your cake. It is often best to remove both fondant and buttercream decorations for best results.
Then, place the cake in the freezer for around 30 minutes to one hour to let the frosting harden. You can also place it in the fridge to set, but it will take around one to two hours to do so.
Once the frosting is completely hardened, wrap your cake completely in plastic wrap. It is best to do two to three layers of plastic wrap to ensure it is completely covered. You can also add a layer of aluminum foil after adding plastic wrap, but it is best to not do just aluminum foil as it can lead to frostbite.
Once it is completely covered, you can put it back in the freezer. Alternatively, you can also place your wrapped cake in a cake box and then cover the box with plastic wrap. In some cases, your baker will even prepare the tier for you to freeze.
When placing it in the fridge, be sure to put it on a flat surface. It is important to put it somewhere where it will not get squished.
How to defrost
Once you are ready to enjoy your cake, whether that is a year after your wedding or anytime before, you need to defrost it first. Defrost the cake in your fridge for between one to two days while it is still wrapped in plastic wrap.
Then, let your cake sit at room temperature for one to two hours before serving. You can also enjoy the cake while it is cold as well. You can then store any leftovers in the fridge for two to three days in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic wrap.
A Special And Delicious Celebration
Knowing how to preserve a wedding cake is a great hack to know. Many couples want to enjoy the top tier on their first anniversary. With the right steps, it can last in the freezer for up to a year without getting the freezer burned.
It is important to let the frosting harden before wrapping your cake, as this will prevent the frosting from smearing when wrapping. It is best to wrap the cake in about two to three layers of plastic wrap to fully cover it. Then you can return it to the freezer and when ready to eat, let it defrost for one to two days in the fridge.
Do you have any questions regarding how to store a wedding cake? If so, please ask any questions regarding the process of preserving a wedding cake in the comment section below.
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