Q&A: How do we preserve our wedding cake? - Wedding Cakes - Wedding Planning

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How do we preserve our wedding cake?


For starters, if there's any left, make sure you have a few pieces of your wedding cake wrapped up and sent home with your close family members and friends after your reception. (Ask your caterer to carefully wrap the top layer of your wedding cake in cling wrap and foil.) If you're leaving for your honeymoon right away, have your mom or dad stash the wrapped cake in their freezer for safekeeping. In case you hadn't yet heard, it’s tradition to defrost and eat it together as a first anniversary treat!

Some types of wedding cake freeze better than others. Beware that the more delicate the cake ingredients, the drier your cake will become in the freezer. Wedding cakes with a longer shelf life include chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and carrot cake. Cakes that may not last as long in the freezer include white cake, cake with fresh fruit, and cakes with whipped-cream fillings. If you're afraid this might happen, get the cake flavor you desire and try this trick come anniversary time: Many couples order a fresh cake tier in the same flavor as their original wedding cake for their one-year anniversary if their cake won’t hold up well in the freezer. Bonus: Many bakers offer this as a part of their wedding cake package!

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