Since most couples had children quickly after marriage, the top tier of the cake, which was usually left over, was preserved for use at the christening of their first child. Part of what made this tradition so successful was that cakes were usually soaked in brandy and made with fruit, helping them preserve better and last longer than today’s popular flavors.
Over the years, this tradition evolved slightly into what we know today. As the time between marriage and christenings extended, many newlyweds began saving the top tier of cake to eat on their first anniversary. Enjoying the top tier together is a way for couples to relive and remember the joys of the wedding day.
This tradition has become less popular in recent years, although many newlyweds still opt to adhere by it. If you do decide that you want to save your top tier for your first anniversary, tell your cake baker or caterer ahead of time. Have them wrap the top tier in plastic wrap and place in an airtight plastic bag. At home, store it in an airtight plastic container and freeze.
If the thought of eating year-old cake makes you queasy, consider a modern spin on this age-old tradition. Many wedding cake bakers offer couples a complimentary mini cake on their one-year anniversary. If your baker doesn’t offer this, why not splurge and order one for yourself? Select the same flavor as your wedding cake and enjoy the tasty (fresh) dessert together.