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Wedding Cakes | To Save or Not to Save the Top Tier... that is the Question!

While no one really wants to eat cake that is a year old, most people like to keep with the tradition of saving the top tier of their wedding cake and having a slice on their anniversary to toast to their first year of marriage. Why do people do this? The belief is that it will bring good luck and prosperity for the newlyweds! Struggling to decide if you want to preserve your cake or not? Something that may help with this decision and to keep in mind is that some cake flavors hold up better than others… as delicious as cakes with a fresh fruit filling are, they tend to spoil quicker and sometimes don’t hold up as well as a denser cake does.


If you are planning to save the top tier of your cake, there are a few things you can do to make sure that it will taste as good as possible! Right after the rest of your cake has been cut and served, it is best to have your caterer pull the top and place it in a freezer for a couple of hours at the venue. (Do not cut the top tier!) By doing this, it will allow the frosting to freeze so that it won’t stick to plastic wrap. Once the cake is brought home, be sure to loosely wrap it in plastic wrap (make sure it is freezer-safe!). Every single inch of your cake must be wrapped so that nothing is left unprotected. I always recommend placing the plastic-wrapped cake tier into a freezer-safe Ziploc bag as well! Once wrapped and sealed up, place the cake into a bakery box and wrap the box up with a layer or two of plastic wrap. When the cake is ready to be placed into the freezer, try to put it in the very back so that you don’t risk it getting knocked over or falling out of the freezer completely. Tip: Select someone ahead of time to take your cake home for you. I always recommend this to my clients as it is one less thing for them to worry about doing on their big day!


Not interested in eating a year-old cake?! Call your bakery closer to your anniversary and ask them to create a small cake that resembles the top tier from your wedding cake. This is an easy solution to still have a sweet treat together while celebrating your first year of marriage! My husband and I saved our cake and had every intention of keeping with tradition and having a slice on our first anniversary… However, when we moved, it didn’t hold up as well as we would have liked. We ended up calling our sweet baker and she kindly baked us a new cake that was identical to the top tier of our wedding cake and it was just as delicious!


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