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Why Do Newlyweds Save The Top Layer of Their Wedding Cake?

Saving the top layer of a wedding cake has become a tradition for many couples on their wedding day. It is a practice that has been passed down through generations. But why do newlyweds save the top layer of their wedding cake? 

In this blog post, we will discuss the history, symbolism and the best technique to preserve the top layer of a wedding cake for when the day comes for you.

The History of Saving the Top Layer of a Wedding Cake

The tradition of saving the top layer of a wedding cake dates back to the 19th century when it was saved as a symbol of good luck. The tradition gained traction in the Victorian era, as many couples adopted this custom as part of their wedding reception celebrations. 

The practicality of this tradition may be brought into question by some. This is a fair critique as many modern wedding cakes have dainty decorations that struggle to survive. The fact of the matter is that back in the Victorian era wedding cakes were made with rich fruitcakes, which hold a much longer shelf life than regular cakes. Today’s cakes are made slightly thicker and denser than the other layers to help maintain an even longer shelf life.

The Significance of Saving the Top Layer of a Wedding Cake

Like many wedding traditions, the symbolism behind the saving of the cake is to show the couple’s commitment to each other and their hopes for a long and happy marriage.  

The cake is tucked away and served to celebrate the couple’s first anniversary. The tradition states that the couple should enjoy the layer of the cake as a way of remembering their special day and the commitments they made to each other.

Some couples will also save the top layer of their wedding cake for the Christening of their first child – another lovely tradition!

How to Preserve the Top Layer of a Wedding Cake

In order to prevent the cake from drying out or becoming freeze burned, the couple needs to plan and prep their cake before placing it in the freezer. First, the cake should be wrapped tightly in several layers of cling film and then placed in an airtight container for additional protection.

It’s important that you discuss your plan to preserve your cake with your baker as different types of cake work much better than others. If you’re lucky enough to be working with someone who has some experience in preserving wedding cakes, they may also have some tips and tricks they’ve picked up over the years to help!

These Days…

So many wedding cakes won’t be able to be preserved. It may be the fillings, the toppings or perhaps the style of cake. With many modern wedding cakes it will just not be possible. However, most couples create something really special on their day that makes it really personal to them and that is fine!

Get in Touch

Saving the top layer of a wedding cake is a long-standing tradition, are you wanting to continue it on your special day? It’s one of many ways for couples to celebrate and remember their love and commitment.

If you have any questions or want to start planning your day with us here at Blackstock Country Estate feel free to get in touch. Give the team a call on  01323 848 006 or fill out our contact form. A member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible, we look forward to hearing from you xx

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