Freezing Your Wedding Cake

The long standing tradition of preserving the top tier of your wedding cake for your first anniversary is a fabulous and delicious way to remember your wedding day. The tradition, dating back to the 19th century, stemmed from the belief that by the time of the couple’s first wedding anniversary there would be a baby and the couple would serve the remaining cake at the christening. While this may not still be relevant today, it is important to know what to do with the cake after all the festivities are said and done. If this sounds appealing to you then follow our tips on how to preserve the top tier of your wedding cake.


Before we start we need to identify the types of cakes that do well in the freezer: chocolate, hazelnut, almond, and carrot cake. Cakes that do not freeze well are: white cake, cake with fresh fruit, and cakes with a whipped cream filling.

Storing the Cake:

1. Ask/tell the staff that this is what you plan on doing with the cake and to make sure that the top portion is saved later for freezing.

2. Remove any ornaments such as cake toppers and large decorations.

3. Wrap your cake board in foil to avoid a stale, cardboard taste.

4. Place the cake in the freezer (uncovered) for 20 minutes- 3 hours until the frosting becomes firm.

5. Remove cake from the freezer and wrap it in a generous amount of plastic wrap and avoid any air bubbles.

6. Follow up with two layers of  tin foil then place the cake in an airtight storage container and freeze for a year.


1. Pull the cake out of the freezer one day before your anniversary and place in the refrigerator.

2. Wait two hours to remove the wrapping from the cake and continue to let if defrost in the fridge.

3. Bring cake to room temperature

4. Enjoy!

Freezing the cake runs the risk of ruining the flavor of the cake and freezer burn. If this does not sound appealing to you then consider recreating your cake by ordering a small six-inch cake from your bakery. Alternatively, some bakeries include preserving wedding cakes as part of their wedding packages so if this is something that interests you then don’t be afraid to ask. We love some of these websites for a how-to on preserving the cake with easy step-by-step directions: YumSugar, Sweet Cheeks Bakery, Bridal Guide, and The Container Store.

Happy Planning,