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Storing Wedding Cakes

The sweet tradition of celebrating your 1st anniversary by sharing the top tier of your wedding cake could turn sour if the cake isn't stored properly. No matter how fresh your romance remains, a stale cake is no way to remember that perfect wedding day. Just follow these simple tips to keep your cake as moist and delicious as possible.

First, remove any ornaments or large breakable decorations. You may choose to leave certain smaller icing decorations on the cake to retain the charm of your original design. If the cake is resting on an unwrapped cake board, replace the board with one wrapped in foil. This will prevent a cardboard taste from seeping into the cake. If the cake is resting on a plastic separator plate, it's fine to leave that on when freezing. Next, place the cake in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This will firm up the icing and prevent it from adhering to the wrap.

Now you're ready to wrap the cake. Completely cover the cake with plastic wrap, making sure to wrap airtight. Follow by wrapping with at least 2 layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. The more protection you give the cake, the less chance of freezer taste or freezer burn. If desired, you can also place the cake in a storage container.

One day before your 1st anniversary, begin defrosting the cake in your refrigerator. After about 2 hours, remove the cake from its wrapping and continue to defrost. Just before serving, let the cake rest at room temperature.