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Freezing & Thawing
Your Wedding Cake

July 27th, 2011 by Jeannine

A slice of our wedding cake... one year later

It’s an old tradition (one that I didn’t even know about until I planned our wedding)… Freezing the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it on your first wedding anniversary (or back in the olden days, for their first child’s christening, which conveniently was a year after marriage). My first thoughts, eww, 1 year old cake? Is that even ok to eat? I decided to experiment. First things first, I had to figure out how to properly freeze the cake. At the time, I relied on online sources but for you, I decided to contact an expert, creative cakes specialist Chris Hedlund from Berliosca Cake Boutique. Here’s what she recommends for both fondant and buttercream iced cakes:

  • Freeze slices, not the whole tier - This way, you will only thaw what you will be able to eat.
  • Freeze the cake ASAP – Don’t wait for a day or two to freeze it.
  • Keep the cake in the fridge to harden prior to freezing - This makes it easier to wrap.
  • Wrap your cake with plastic wrap - This helps keep the moisture in the cake. You may use as many layers of plastic wrap as needed to cover the cake, but one layer is enough if it’s covered properly.
  • Wrap your cake with aluminum foil – This is optional but good for protection from freezer burn.
  • Place the wrapped cake in a container – This is also optional, it just depends on how much room you have in the freezer. Remember, your cake will be taking up room for quite some time.
  • Thaw the cake in the fridge - Let it sit in the fridge for some time before unwrapping it to eat. Yes, it’s that easy.

There are some things to watch out for though:

  • Different kinds of cake freeze differently – If in doubt, contact your baker and ask for advice on how to properly freeze your cake. Fillings like custard don’t freeze the same way as ganache and buttercream and the type of fondant used can also make a difference on how it freezes.
  • Don’t expect the same taste or texture once thawed – This is something you can’t avoid so don’t expect it to taste the same as on your wedding day.
  • Maybe freezing for a year is too long? – It is recommended to consume frozen cakes after 2-3 months rather than 12. This tradition originated when fruitcakes were commonly used. Freezing wasn’t necessary because the fruit was heavily soaked in brandy, which acted as a preservative. Contemporary cakes are made differently so they needed to be frozen to keep up with the tradition. In other words, freeze at your own risk. Chris recommends to just order a smaller cake for your anniversary, that way it will certainly be fresh.

So how did I do it?

I pretty much did what Chris said. I wrapped my slice of cake in 3 layers of plastic wrap, careful not to leave any air pockets inside. I then put a layer of tin foil around it and placed it in a container, which lived in the freezer for 365 days. I thawed it like I normally did with other frozen foods: in the fridge, and thankfully it still tasted good. You can see our thawed cake up top. It was definitely not the same as it once was, and the fondant broke away pretty easily, but it was edible and my husband and I didn’t get sick from it.

So if you’ll be taking part in this age old tradition, make sure you’re comfortable with the idea of eating year old cake, do it safely and if in doubt, get some advice from your baker. Huge thanks goes out to Chris for sharing her cake knowledge and expertise to my readers. Check out her website and Facebook page to see all the amazing cakes she’s done, including an impressive Stanley Cup cake.

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  • December 31st, 2012 at 3:38 am
    Freddie says:

    First of all I want to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
    I’ve had a tough time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there. I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are usually wasted just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Thanks!

  • December 31st, 2012 at 11:41 am
    Jeannine says:

    Thank you Freddie! I try to focus when I write and that includes turning off all distractions… even going to a coffee shop and listening to my music on headphones and really focus on the task at hand. I would check out the ProBlogger blog for some more ideas on figuring out how to get your topics sorted out. It’s a great resource.


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