How to Preserve the Top Layer of a Wedding Cake

by Contributor

Items you will need

  • Cake box
  • Plastic wrap
  • Freezer

How to Preserve the Top Layer of a Wedding Cake. Traditionally, brides and grooms freeze the top layer of their wedding cake until their first anniversary to get a taste of the cake they barely got to see on their wedding day. If done correctly, the cake can actually turn out pretty tasty after 365 days of freezer life. Done incorrectly, the cake will taste like sugary cardboard. Follow these steps to have your cake and eat it, too.

Step 1

Have the catering staff remove the top cake layer and box it at the end of the night. Ask them to remove any items that won't freeze well, such as fruit or flowers.

Step 2

Ask a trusted wedding guest who lives nearby to take the top layer home with her. Have her freeze it right away for 2 hours to harden the icing. The person you ask should be someone you know well and who is responsible, since she will have to care for your cake until you can pick it up.

Step 3

Take the cake out of the freezer and wrap it in plastic wrap three to four times.

Step 4

Place the wrapped cake back in the cake box.

Step 5

Wrap the entire cake box in three to four layers of plastic wrap. This will keep the taste and texture of the cake fresh.

Step 6

Place the cake box back in the freezer. Leave it there until it is ready to be eaten next year. You really shouldn't remove it from the freezer, even to transport it home, because that can disturb the moisture levels. If you feel it is too much to ask someone to store your cake in their freezer for a year, transport it quickly.

Step 7

Remove the box on your first anniversary. Allow it to thaw in the refrigerator for 48 hours and then another 2 to 3 hours at room temperature.


  • Mark the cake box with a ribbon from the wedding so you know what it is after it gets shoved in the back of your freezer.


  • Do not substitute aluminum foil for plastic wrap.