The top tier…

It is the custom in this country to save the top tier of the wedding cake for the first year anniversary.  (When you get a wedding cake from us – the top tier is our gift to the couple – Ron loves this tradition!) But the question is, how do you package the top tier to put in the freezer?

Top tiers from a variety of cakes that we produced at the bakery.

First and foremost make sure your baker provides you with a box that will fit your top tier to get it home safely. (This box is not ideal for storage; it is really for transportation purposes only. However if you can wrap the whole box in put it your freezer – go ahead!)

1. Once the cake gets home put the top tier back in the fridge, sugar flowers and all.  Let the butter cream get firm in the fridge.  Leave it for at least 3 hours or overnight is best.

2. Once buttercream is firm, take the cake out of the fridge.  Take all of the sugar flowers out of the cake. Remember to pull them out by the stem at the very base of the flower head.  (You can keep the sugar flowers at room temperature.  Store them in a box wrapped in tissue as a keepsakes or make a little bouquet and put them under a class dome.   Just remember the older the sugar flower the more fragile it becomes.)

3. Take the cold cake tier and wrap it in multiple layers of plastic wrap.  You want to try and keep as much air out as possible. You can either put the wrapped tier in a zip lock baggie or for more protection a plastic container.  Tuck it away in the freezer.

Defrosting the tier:

A couple of days before the cake is to be consumed take the cake out of the freezer and put in the refrigerator. The day you are going to eat the cake, take out of the fridge 2-3 hours before. Unwrap, the cake and put on a plate and leave on the counter.  Let the cake gradually come to room temperature and enjoy.

We did Tamra & Mike's wedding cake last year. Here are a few photos from their first anniversary celebration. You can read all about it here: http://tamrasanford.blogspot.com/2011/10/365-day-old-cake-is-delicious.html
Here is Tamra & Mike cutting the cake at their reception. (Photo courtesy of Brian Dorsey)

If you have wrapped the cake up really well, it should taste just as delicious as it did the day of your wedding. At least that is what our clients tell us!

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