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The tradition of saving the top tier of the wedding cake, began back in the 19thcentury. Newlyweds back then typically had their first child within the first year of marriage and would serve the top tier of their wedding cake at the child’s christening. Now couples tend to wait longer to have children so the tradition has shifted and most save the top tier to share on their first wedding anniversary. If you wish to partake in this tradition, it’s important that you properly store and preserve your cake. First we suggest you enlist the help of a friend to be in charge of your top tier. Second, have them follow the steps below from Allison of the Rolling Pin.

Remove all flowers and adornments

  1. This is primarily a rule for fresh flowers, but even the sugar or fondant flowers will spoil quickly. Remove them all just to be safe!


  1. Place unwrapped cake in the freezer for an hour or two in order to harden the frosting and decorations.
  2. Remove cake from the freezer. Wrap cake in 2 layers of plastic wrap and then a layer of aluminum foil.
  3. Place the cake in the cake box, and put it back in the freezer.


  1. Pull the cake out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  2. After 24 hours, take the cake out of the box and remove all of the aluminum foil and saran wrap.
  3. Place the cake back in the box and calk into the refrigerator. Pull the cake out to sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours before eating it.


Remember the cake is a year old so it might be a bit stale but if you’ve taken the steps to properly preserve it, it won’t taste too bad to share a few bites with your spouse on your Anniversary!

If the freezing method fails or you don’t like the idea of eating year old cake, contact your original bakery and ask them to bake you a small cake with the same flavor options as your original wedding cake.



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