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post #16 of 30

I made a tiered cake for my parents 25th anniversary.  My Grandma (same one from above story) had kept my parents wedding cake all those years, through multiple moves as my Grandpa worked building roads.  It was probably a 10 inch square.  Grandma moved it from home to home, freezer to freezer.  25 years later some of the decor and blue roses had fallen off but it looked surprisingly good.  It was, however, rock hard.  I have pictures from the anniv party with one of my parents holding a knife to my cake and the other holding an ax above the wedding cake.

post #17 of 30
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I made a tiered cake for my parents 25th anniversary.  My Grandma (same one from above story) had kept my parents wedding cake all those years, through multiple moves as my Grandpa worked building roads.  It was probably a 10 inch square.  Grandma moved it from home to home, freezer to freezer.  25 years later some of the decor and blue roses had fallen off but it looked surprisingly good.  It was, however, rock hard.  I have pictures from the anniv party with one of my parents holding a knife to my cake and the other holding an ax above the wedding cake.

That is hilarious. And I love your grandma's sweet, sentimental heart. :-)

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post #18 of 30

She was  a great  lady, total unconditional love.  I miss her.  One last Grandma story (non cake this time.)  From the first time I moved away from home she started writing me a letter each week.  She would usually mail it on Wednesday and I would usually get it on Saturday.  She did this every week unless I was visiting her.  Until she mentally/physically couldn't do it shortly before she died she wrote me every week.  For more than 20 years!

post #19 of 30

Don't any of you remember that the top tier is supposed to be saved for the 1st anniversary?  Dear Abby &/or Ann Landers (or maybe it was some cake decorator who answered the ? later but I do remember someone) once gave instructions on how to prepare/wrap in order to save it.

As I remember you were told to put the cake - completely UNwrapped on a cookie sheet & fz it overnight (or some amount of time like that) until it was hard, then wrap it in aluminum foil.  Since then we have learned it needs to be wrapped in plastic/cling wrap well before being put in foil, then into a cake box which is put into a plastic bag well sealed. 

SOOOOOOO properly wrapped it can last for a year.

My DD moved out of the country right after her wedding.  We kept her top tier in our fzr; the fzr broke down at least twice in the approx. 1 1/2 yrs before they returned.  They still tried it......the icing (or was it the cake) was slightly sour but they ate a couple bites and didn't die.

post #20 of 30

What do you mean 'supposed to be saved for the first anniversary?'  Are the anniversary police going to show up on the doorstep of folks who haven't saved it? I mean, seeing that they're 'supposed to' and all.......

 

Seriously now - who wants to eat food that has been in the freezer for a YEAR?

 

This is gross. When I become dictator of the world I will abolish this tradition.

 

I sometimes have couples ask if they should save that tier and I always say no - order a fresh cake instead.

post #21 of 30
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What do you mean 'supposed to be saved for the first anniversary?'  Are the anniversary police going to show up on the doorstep of folks who haven't saved it? I mean, seeing that they're 'supposed to' and all.......

Seriously now - who wants to eat food that has been in the freezer for a YEAR?

This is gross. When I become dictator of the world I will abolish this tradition.
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I sometimes have couples ask if they should save that tier and I always say no - order a fresh cake instead.
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post #22 of 30

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post #23 of 30
I believe it's the remnant of an old English tradition when wedding cakes were almost always fruit cakes-- which are designed to last for a long time and still taste good. I don't think a year-old butter cake tastes as good as a year-old brandy-aged traditional English fruit cake (NOT the bricks sold at Walmart in December icon_biggrin.gif)
post #24 of 30
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She was  a great  lady, total unconditional love.  I miss her.  One last Grandma story (non cake this time.)  From the first time I moved away from home she started writing me a letter each week.  She would usually mail it on Wednesday and I would usually get it on Saturday.  She did this every week unless I was visiting her.  Until she mentally/physically couldn't do it shortly before she died she wrote me every week.  For more than 20 years!

Awww! I have written and mailed about 4  letters in my life. That is so amazing and sweet. Such dedication!

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post #25 of 30
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She was  a great  lady, total unconditional love.  I miss her.  One last Grandma story (non cake this time.)  From the first time I moved away from home she started writing me a letter each week.  She would usually mail it on Wednesday and I would usually get it on Saturday.  She did this every week unless I was visiting her.  Until she mentally/physically couldn't do it shortly before she died she wrote me every week.  For more than 20 years!


Sorry, have to chime in on the OT here, as this reminds me so much of my grandparents :-)

 

When I was living out of the country for a little more than three years (this was in the early 90ies so before Internet was widely available) my grandparents used to write me a monthly letter. They had the appropriate stationary with the month and some nice seasonsal flowers printed on it. My Grandma did the front page of the letter, my grandpa the back page. I still have them all and treasure them dearly. It was such a joy to receive their letter at the beginning of each month!

post #26 of 30

Oh come on.it's been an *American* tridition for well over 75 yrs that I know of.  Just because it's not from over the pond doesn't make it a horrible thing! :(

post #27 of 30

My mom secretly froze 2 of our wedding cupcakes til our first anniversary, lol, we refused to eat them, but she got to take her picture and put it in the album next to her and dad with their year old fruitcake.

I'm sure I'll be equally as nutty and do the same to my daughters :)

 

I offer discounted anniversary cakes to couples, I make them to match the top tier of the cake I originally made them. It's quite a strong tradition around here still, but not always a tasty one, so this is a nice alternative.

post #28 of 30

I've worked in commercial bakeries with subzero freezers dedicated to just cakes and let me tell ya, those cakes last for over a year and you never know the difference. However, when it comes to a home freezer, it's a different story. The temperature doesn't regulate as well in those and when frozen cakes commingle with frozen meat, fish, and other savory foods, they absorb unwanted flavors. So I'd say in a home fridge, stick to 2 months or less but in a proper bakery fridge, 6+ months easy. To extend the life of a frozen cake, seal it first in plastic wrap then put it in tupperware. 

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post #29 of 30
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In case anyone is curious, we did break out the cake and eat it.  It was delicious and tasted the same as the day it was made.  The cake seemed denser, but it still tasted great.  Thanks to everyone for the comments!

post #30 of 30

YES!!!  Another successfully frozen cake, and one less in the garbage.

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