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post #16 of 32
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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post

I'm afraid I just think it's icky to eat year old cake, even if it tastes wonderful, which I have a hard time believing. Maybe expectations are not quite the same for a year old cake?

The story I tell all my brides:
When I got married, (15 years ago) I knew nothing about cake other than I wanted one that tasted good with real ingredients (not a box of chemicals that tasted like real food). I saved my top tier because I was sentimental like that, but I wasn't expecting much.
A year later I defrosted as suggested, but we were taking a first anniversary trip to Canada (we live in Ohio). And it was August. So since I knew it would be terrible tasting, and I didn't want to take up car space with a big cooler, we decided to eat the cake a few days early, on our first night on the way there, in a hotel in Detroit. (People still populated Detroit in those days.)
We got out the cake to have our obligatory slice of cardboard freezer burn, and were surprised to find it was amazing. Not quite like the day of, but as good as the next day after our wedding. We couldn't bring it with us, so we went out to get some milk, came back to the motel and gorged ourselves. Our cake top was a huge 9 inch, but even with eating as much as we could, we barely made a dent in it.
I still have memories, 15 years later, of my beautiful cake turned upside down in the room's trash can as we were preparing to check out.

So yes, it can be done. And yes, I have VERY high expectations for cake taste.
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post #17 of 32
If someone thinks it's gross to eat a defrosted year old cake, that's fine for them, but it bothers me when I see bakers putting down those who don't offer a free cake a year later, as a selling point for themselves. (I didn't say anyone on this post has done that, but I mean I see it all the time on bakers' websites.)

Personally I really wanted the sentimentality of eating a bit of my actual wedding cake. A replacement cake would have meant nothing to me. So once I realized with my own wedding that it could also taste wonderful, I set about finding out how to do it.
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post #18 of 32
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Originally Posted by LMC44 View Post

My grandmother wrapped our top tier with plastic wrap and foil. A year later, our marble cake was still as tasty as the day we said "I do" icon_smile.gif 
I was going to say basically the same thing you said. My wedding cake was made by Davis Bakery in Cleveland, Ohio, 18 years ago (this Friday) and when we unthawed it on our one year anniversary and enjoyed it after a nice anniversary dinner it was just as delicious as the day we fed cake to each other. People may find issues due to the type of cake, brand of ingredients, preparation, storage, etc....but, I am a testimony that even today, cakes CAN be frozen, unthawed and enjoyed on that one year anniversary. The brides I service have never called and complained and I even shared a piece with one couple last year.
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by BReis View Post

As a surprise for our first anniversary, my mom (who had been kind enough to freeze and keep the top of our cake in her freezer) sent the cake via UPS.  No insulation or refrigeration, and not quite enough padding. She mailed it yesterday, and I assume that's when she removed it from the freezer.  I know that my best bet is probably to go ahead and eat it now,although it's a week early.  In general I am just upset that she sent it this way and would love advice from experts or professionals...how bad is this?  Is it a terrible idea to refreeze?  Thanks so much!
[/quote My wedding cake was made by Davis Bakery in Cleveland, Ohio, 18 years ago (this Friday) and when we unthawed it on our one year anniversary and enjoyed it after a nice anniversary dinner it was just as delicious as the day we fed cake to each other. People may find issues due to the type of cake, brand of ingredients, preparation, storage, etc....but, I am a testimony that even today, cakes CAN be frozen, unthawed and enjoyed on that one year anniversary. The brides I service have never called and complained and I even shared a piece with one couple last year.
post #20 of 32

Any tips you can share with us DebbyJG on how to go about doing that?

I didn't save mine I'm sentimental in pictures.

post #21 of 32
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Originally Posted by smittyditty View Post
 

Any tips you can share with us DebbyJG on how to go about doing that?

I didn't save mine I'm sentimental in pictures.

Box the tier. Wrap box in several layers of saran and foil.  Freeze. 

24 hrs. before serving, place wrapped box in fridge. 

A few hrs. before serving, place wrapped box on counter. 

Right before display/serving, unbox cake. 

Serve.

Eat & enjoy.

post #22 of 32

Thanks that is the instructions I sent to my bride. Just wondering if there was something I was missing.

post #23 of 32

Lol -ok, I was going to say as soon as I posted this there will be 10 people saying how delicious theirs was. I still stand by what I said, but I admit that it doesn't apply in all cases. Even with the perfect wrapping and freezer, I don't trust customers to carry a cake 8 feet across a room, let alone to store a cake for a year. Things happen - we moved twice the first year we were married and where I live now, power outages are way of life.

 

The other thing is I understand the sentimentality involved in wanting to eat a year old piece of my wedding cake about as much as the average guy. So I just don't get the point.

 

And I know it wasn't aimed at me, but just to be clear - I never give away free cake! :D 

post #24 of 32

I don't give away the free anniversary cake because I'm a new business and quite frankly would hate decorating a cake I'm not getting paid for later. That's just me.

I like to get paid for being away from my family and I like to make money.

post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by kay makes kakes View Post

18 years ago (this Friday)

Happy anniversary!! icon_smile.gif
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post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by maybenot View Post

Box the tier. Wrap box in several layers of saran and foil.  Freeze. 
24 hrs. before serving, place wrapped box in fridge. 
A few hrs. before serving, place wrapped box on counter. 
Right before display/serving, unbox cake. 
Serve.
Eat & enjoy.

Yep, that's what I do, although I always stress the importance of wrapping plastic wrap and foil, a few layers each, and between each layer, I tape every seem with packing tape, so no air can get in.
Also the beginning instructions: refridge overnight until the frosting is firm, then take off the cardboard on the bottom of the cake, and do the first layer of plastic wrap, then put the board under that (so that the cardboard isn't against the cake). And then back in the box , then about two or three more layers of plastic wrap (tape each seam), then two or three of foil (tape seams again).
Then 24 hours in advance, take it out of the freezer and thaw in the fridge, not opening any of the wrappings until a few hours before eating.
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post #27 of 32
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Originally Posted by howsweet View Post
 

Lol -ok, I was going to say as soon as I posted this there will be 10 people saying how delicious theirs was. I still stand by what I said, but I admit that it doesn't apply in all cases. Even with the perfect wrapping and freezer, I don't trust customers to carry a cake 8 feet across a room, let alone to store a cake for a year. Things happen - we moved twice the first year we were married and where I live now, power outages are way of life.

 

The other thing is I understand the sentimentality involved in wanting to eat a year old piece of my wedding cake about as much as the average guy. So I just don't get the point.

 

And I know it wasn't aimed at me, but just to be clear - I never give away free cake! :D 

 

I'm with you on the year old cake. Although there are people who say theirs was delicious, I never saved the top tier of my cake either. The thought was gross to me! hahaha!! I honestly don't even remember what we did for our first anniversary! LOL!

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post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by Sassyzan View Post

If you're going to eat it, I'd eat it now and not refreeze it. Refreezing isn't going to help anything.

Mine was still delicious a year later. It was a Smith Island cake. 8 layers of yellow cake and fudge frosting. Tasted perfect.

I've actually been to Smith Island!
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by Pastrybaglady View Post

I just had my baker make me another cake that looked like the top of my wedding cake.  She was so sweet and gave it to us for free as an anniversary gift!

I guess I should clarify I ordered this cake like any other. I would never expect her or anyone else to give it to us for free, honest!
post #30 of 32

Mine was a walnut torte and tasted amazing one year later. The cake was awesome, the marriage sucked!! :-t

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