How to Freeze & Unfreeze Your Anniversary Tier


Feeding each other bites of your wedding cake's top tier is a sweet way to ring in your first anniversary as a married couple. Partaking in this tradition is also considered good luck for a long life together. Freezer-burned frosting has no place at your private celebration, so preparing for this tradition starts on your wedding day. Properly storing the top tier of your wedding cake may involve some help from the catering staff, your cake baker or a trusted pal.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic wrap
  • Cookie sheet
  • Foil
  • Food storage container
  • Masking tape
  • Marker
  • Cake plate
  • Knife

Freezing the Cake

  • Remove the top layer of cake after you've taken photos with the cake, but before it's sliced and served. Instruct the caterer or server in charge of dishing up slices that the top layer is to remain intact.

  • Remove any non-edible decorations. Save your cake topper and any other non-perishable decorations to dress up the tier on your anniversary. Wash away any bits of icing and dry it well before storing.

  • Place a sheet of plastic wrap on top of a cookie sheet. Set the cake tier on the sheet and freeze it until the frosting is hard to the touch, or about one hour. This prevents the frosting from smudging and smearing once it's wrapped.

  • Wrap the plastic wrap around the cake. Add more plastic if necessary to completely seal the cake.

  • Wrap the cake in heavy-duty aluminum foil, or set it in an airtight plastic food storage container and wrap that container with foil. Label the cake with masking tape and store it in the back of your freezer, where it will stay as cold as possible.

Thawing and Serving

  • Pull the foil-wrapped cake out of the freezer about two days before you plan to eat it. Place the cake in the refrigerator to slowly thaw.

  • Take the cake out of the freezer about three hours before the meal. Carefully remove the cake from its wrappings and set it on a cake plate.

  • Let the tier sit at room temperature until the frosting is soft and a knife goes into the cake without resistance. Add your cake topper, if desired. Serve the dessert on your wedding china.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you'll leave straight from the wedding to your honeymoon, or if your know your first year of marriage will involve moving, consider asking a local friend or relative to store the tier in her freezer until your anniversary.
  • Staying at a hotel on your wedding night won't affect your ability to freeze your cake. Either ask the catering staff to freeze, wrap and store the cake overnight, or ask that the tier be boxed up as-is. Store it in the hotel refrigerator or in a cool car overnight, as some types of frosting will melt at room temperature. Freeze the cake when you return home in the morning.
  • Depending on the size of your cake, the top tier might be more than the two of you will be able to eat on your anniversary. You may divide the cake into a few pieces and wrap each one separately to enjoy on your six-month anniversary or on a random Tuesday, but the quality of frozen cake will start to decrease as time goes by. Don't wait more than one year from the wedding to enjoy your cake.
  • Some cakes don't freeze as well as others, says Cakes that contain fresh fruit or have whipped cream frosting won't hold up well in the freezer, while sturdier cakes like carrot or chocolate will maintain their flavor and structure once thawed.
  • Never microwave cake to speed up defrosting, as the frosting will melt immediately.

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