Freezing cake for 1st anniversary

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MrsMcDAtLast Posts : 860 Registered: 1/1/07
Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Feb 21, 2007 4:01 PM

Hi there!

I really like the idea of freezing the top of the wedding cake for our first anniversary, so I was wondering: how exactly is this done?  Is it put into a container?  How do you avoid it getting freezer-burn?

Also, are there any particular kinds of cake that don't do well freezing?  I'm thinking of doing a white cake with raspberry or blueberry filling.

Thanks! 


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xNikkiHeartsMikex Posts : 341 Registered: 2/19/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Feb 23, 2007 4:46 AM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

Most cakes should be fine for freezing, except for ganache. Ganache can get a bit messy when frozen and then dethawed. 

 

As for how to freeze it, wrap it in two layers of saran wrap and then two layers of aluminum foil. The trick to avoiding freezer burn is to keep ALL of the air out of the wrappings. I'd also suggest putting the cake loosely covered in your fridge for a few hours too.. if you freeze a cake that's warm it can create condensation which can make the cake funky.  Anyway there shouldn't be a huge issue with it!

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Feb 23, 2007 11:09 AM Go to message in response to: xNikkiHeartsMikex

You might want to check with your baker. I've read a couple of articles that said that the cakes don't really come out good when you freeze them for year. There either really dried out or taste awful. The articles i read said it would be better to save it for like a one month anniversay.

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MrsMcDAtLast Posts : 860 Registered: 1/1/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Feb 23, 2007 2:57 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

Thanks for the help! :)


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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 2, 2007 11:01 PM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

I thought about freezing my cake as well but my fiance doesn't think it's a good idea. My male friends who are married didn't eat their cake either. What I've decided to do is have my photographer take really good photos of it and every year I'll go to the baker with that picture and have them bake the exact same cake; in a small size of course.

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MrsMcDAtLast Posts : 860 Registered: 1/1/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 6, 2007 3:09 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

That is a very nice idea! :)

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 7, 2007 9:44 PM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

Our baker said to wrap the top layer 14 (yes, I said 14!) times in plastic wrap.  She said that would keep it sufficiently airtight and it would taste fine a year later.

She did, however, mention that fruit and nuts do not freeze well.  She recommended making the top layer a plain cake flavor like white or chocolate (nothing like carrot cake because of the nuts) with a plain filling like buttercream icing.  So, we are having white cake with lemon curd and raspberry filling on the bottom three layers, but the top one is white cake with vanilla buttercream filling and fondant icing.  Our baker does give the couple a coupon for a free cake at their one-year anniversary; this kind of makes me question how good the original cake will taste one year later.

On a slightly different note.  My mother saved both me and my brother's top portion of our first birthday cake.  These cakes are now between 25 and 28 years old.  Her plan was always to get them out when we got married.....bet that'll be tasty!!

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 12, 2007 3:34 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

hunthil - I agree with your baker that fruit does not freeze well (mostly due to how mushy it is when it thaws), but nuts are fine, in my experience. I've always heard that carrot and spice cakes freeze the best - they are denser and I believe that is why they they keep better than other cakes (even if they are not frozen).  Rich, dense, buttery pound cakes would work well, too.  Nothing with custard, though, it will separate. And if it's on cardboard, remove it and place on plastic or something else). Then freeze it for a few hours to harden the frosting, take it out and wrap it well, place in a cake box, wrap the box, then place back in freezer.

The original wedding cakes were a spice cake more like our fruitcakes, they were very dense and had preserved fruits and nuts in them. The frosting, similar to rolled fondant helped keep it from spoiling for a LONG time, maybe even till the 1st anniversary.


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rachaelg Posts : 11 Registered: 1/18/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 13, 2007 4:08 PM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

My baker offered to duplicate the top layer of our wedding cake and send it to us one week before our one year anniversary.  That way we do not have to save it, and it will be the exact same.  Maybe if you ask, your baker will accomidate you as well.

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JesseGirl08 Posts : 25 Registered: 10/19/06
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 13, 2007 4:53 PM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

I found that with my sister's wedding cake, she could not save her cake due to the bakery does not use any preservatives in their cakes so the cake would taste stall in a year.  So, they offer all their customers a 1yr anniversary cake.  It was the best cake I have ever tasted but the layer with the strawberries went bad after 4 days because they use all fresh ingredients.  I would just ask if they offer the service of the 1 year anniversary cake.

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 27, 2007 3:04 PM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

We just celebrated our first anniversary with our cake!  It was white cake with buttercream frosting.  My mom wrapped it in saran wrap and aluminum foil, then placed it in a well-taped box, and then put it in a BIG ziploc bag.  We defrosted it for a few days in the fridge last week.  It may seem like overkill, but the cake tasted the same as it did 365 days ago!  We are still enjoying it.  I recommend going to the extra trouble so that you can celebrate this special tradition. 

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WildeNight Posts : 15 Registered: 3/25/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Mar 28, 2007 3:53 AM Go to message in response to: Guest

We decided to forego the traditional cake and freezing cake process for our wedding.  We are going to have a centerpiece cake designed and made in porcelain and serve the guests sheet cake.  That way the cake will always look beautiful and can be passed down without worries of spoilage.

WildeNight aka Susan

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Manitoba Posts : 4 Registered: 1/2/07
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Apr 11, 2007 10:46 PM Go to message in response to: WildeNight

I have just one thing to say about the idea of having a porcelain cake.  My mom had something similar to that, my parents have been married for nearly 25 years now, and the cake looks really really bad.  This is partly due to smoking and to age.  Also, it is very hard to dust because of all of the small details on it.  In my opinion it did not work well because although they still have it, it no longer looks nice.  But if they did not actually have the cake still, it would look great in thier minds, but this is only my opinion

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Apr 12, 2007 6:13 AM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

One of my new pre-wedding presents to myself is a vaccuum sealer for foods.  Anyone ever tried that?  It does have a crush proof setting...hmmm

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Guest
Re: Freezing cake for 1st anniversary
Posted: Apr 12, 2007 8:30 AM Go to message in response to: MrsMcDAtLast

some bakeries offer to remake something that looks like your top layer for your 1st anniversary.  I am going to save mine because I am using a person out of her house.  I am going to wrap it a bunch of times in cling wrap and then put it in an airtight container.  The rest of the cake is having a chocolate mouse filling but the top layer is not.

 

 


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