Rounding out my posts about our first wedding anniversary, I would like to discuss one of my favorite topics: Cake.
Per tradition, we froze the top tier of our wedding cake and defrosted it for our first anniversary. Just so you know, Disney will save your top tier for you automatically, unless you specifically tell them you’re not interested in saving it. (Edit – it has come to my attention that some couples did NOT get their top tier automatically after their wedding, like we did. So I recommend discussing your expectations with your planner before your wedding date.) After our wedding, they boxed it into a standard pink pastry box and we stored it in our mini-fridge while at the Disneyland Hotel after the wedding. It turns out their mini-fridges are perfect top tier size.
*Note – Cakes with fruit filling do not freeze and thaw well. So consider this when selecting your top tier cake flavor. I recommend choosing a cake flavor without fruit filling for your top tier.
I had done some internet research on how to preserve your cake so it will be yummy on your first anniversary, and our method worked. While I can’t guarantee your own perfect results, this is what we did:
Once we got home, we took the cake out out of the box and wrapped it in foil. I believe this step is crucial. If your cake is exposed to air, even if it’s in a box or container, it will get stale. Once wrapped in foil, we put it back in the box because I believed this would keep it safe in our freezer. Safe from what, I’m not sure. A frozen burrito uprising?
For one year, there our cake sat, in the back of our freezer. I’m just as impressed with my willpower as you are.
The day before our anniversary, before we left for our weekend stay at Disneyland, we took the cake out of the freezer and let it sit on the counter for two hours, then we put it in the refrigerator where it continued to thaw overnight. The next day, in the late afternoon, we took the cake out of the fridge and unwrapped the foil and let it thaw on the counter for about four hours. At that time we cut into it not knowing what to expect – but it was perfect!
We scoured through storage to pull out our personalized serving set and toasting flutes, gifts from my mother-in-law.
I was surprised at how the cake tasted as fresh as our wedding day. It brought back delicious memories of our special day a year ago.
Lots of people have asked me if it was worth it to go through the trouble of keeping our cake and storing it in our freezer, and my answer is a resounding YES! I loved celebrating our first anniversary with our Disney cake from our Disney wedding. And the work to keep it safe and fresh was really no trouble at all.