Would you pay over $1,000 dollars for a wedding cake? How about a few tiny crumbs from a wedding cake… and one that you can’t even eat?!
Well, that happened.
An auction buyer across the pond recently purchased crumbs from Queen Victoria’s wedding cake for 760 pounds! (That’s roughly $1,098, American.) The cake, which is 176 years old, may be a historical artifact but… well… it doesn’t look very tasty.
Now, buying a few bites of history may be understandable. After all, it’s not only an antique, it’s from the wedding of the former Queen of England! But some might wonder why did anyone think to save it in the first place?
Saving the top tier of your wedding cake is actually a centuries-old tradition, thought by some to bring good luck. According to The Pink Bride:
In the olden days, couples saved the top tier of their wedding cake to use during the christening celebration for their first child, which everyone believed would come within the year following the wedding.
Rather than find money to buy yet another cake or coming up with another elaborate design, the couple simply would store the top tier of their wedding cake in the icebox until needed in the following months.
In more recent time, the top tier is saved to be eaten by the couple on their first anniversary. Believe it or not, sometimes this is the only taste the bride and groom get, beyond the bite they feed each other at the cutting. (Newlyweds do tend to get caught up in each other and the celebration at the reception, after all.)
The only problem we can see with this tradition is that frozen cakes can become a little… unappetizing.
Cake tends to dry when frozen. And icing doesn’t stand up well to changes in temperature and humidity. Also, there’s the ugly reality that foods in the fridge and freezer have a tendency to pick up odors from other foods. Nobody wants cake that tastes like fish sticks or onion rings.
So if you’re determined to carry on this tradition and celebrate your anniversary with the top tier of your wedding cake, what can you do to make it as pleasant as possible? Here are a few tips from BridalGuide.com on the best way to store your cake.
- Make sure the reception staff are aware that you want the top saved. (Once they’ve parceled it out to your guests, it’s too late.)
- If you’re going to be leaving for your honeymoon from the reception, find someone (in advance!) who will take care of preparing and storing the cake for you, and go over instructions beforehand.
- Remove any decorations or flowers made of sugar, and put them to the side.
- Refrigerate the cake for several hours first. This will allow the icing to firm and set, and keep it from sticking later. Do this even if the cake has fondant!
- After the icing hardens, wrap the cake in multiple layers of plastic wrap. This is important! Multiple layers, and no foil. Foil will cause freezer burn and ruin the cake.
- Seal the cake in an air-tight container, and label it well. You don’t want it mistaken for leftovers!
Now… wait a year, and enjoy!
If you’re still not sure about eating frozen, year-old cake (and we can certainly understand the hesitation), there’s one more option.
Contact your baker (most of us are pretty reasonable people, ya know) the month before your anniversary. You could order a duplicate of your top tier! That way you get the best of both worlds — a traditional anniversary cake that actually looks and tastes like your wedding cake! (With no hints of onion ring or freezer burnt icing!)
Your cake will look and taste better than one that’s literally fit for a queen! Happy (delicious) Anniversary!!