We asked Tracy Kohler, owner and head pastry chef at Farina Bakery, for her tips on preserving the top layer of your wedding cake for your one-year anniversary. Here’s what she recommends:
1. Be sure to chill your cake before you begin to wrap it.
You want to make sure to preserve your icing by allowing it to harden before prepping it for storage. Buttercream is a very soft icing; put it in the fridge or freezer for an hour until the icing hardens, then wrap it up.
2. Remove any decorations
If there are any added elements to your cake such as sugar work or chocolate work, be sure to remove them (you want the plastic wrap to be tight and decorations will allow airflow in). To preserve things like sugar flowers, keep them in a box at room temperature away from any heat sources.
3. Wrap it up!
Once you have a firm frosting, wrap that pretty little cake up in double plastic wrap, avoiding any air bubbles. Do not use tinfoil (it will make your cake taste like aluminum!). Tip: be sure to include a box of baking soda in your freezer, this will remove any smells from the freezer that you do not want to transfer into your cake!
4. Defrost and enjoy!
The night before your anniversary, move the cake from the freezer to the fridge to allow it to thaw. Keep it wrapped at this point. On your anniversary, remove the wrapping and allow it to come to room temperature 3-4 hours prior to serving, then it’s ready to enjoy!