Many of you have probably heard about the tradition of eating the top of your wedding cake for your 1st anniversary. And I am guessing, like me, an equal number of you have also heard horror stories of what the cake tastes like.
I have heard countless stories of how it was freezer burnt. Or how the frosting was so soft it was like goo, but the cake inside was dry. So needless to say I was not expecting much when Ryan and I decided to partake in the tradition a couple of weeks ago on our first anniversary.
Since we got married in Vancouver and spent our wedding night in Portland we decided to celebrate our anniversary down there and drove down the Saturday before, our anniversary was actually on Monday. Everyone kept reminding me that we needed to eat our cake on our actual anniversary day, so before we headed home I stopped by my mom’s house to pick up the cake. Let me tell you, the bag she handed me smelled like a freezer. I was NOT excited about the prospect of trying the cake the next day but I wanted to keep with the tradition and took the cake back home. When we got home to Seattle, I put the cake in the fridge to finish thawing.
On Monday night, Ryan and I decided to make dinner together and try our cake. I pulled it out of the fridge to finish thawing while we made dinner. I took it out of the box and as you can see by the picture it held up pretty well, the leaves didn’t appear to be drooping, the frosting didn’t look like a pile of goo and although you cant tell it from the picture, it actually smelled like cake. My hopes were rising, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad after all. After dinner we tried it. And the verdict is….
It was good. It was really really good. I may be bias because I absolutely love cake, but Ryan liked it too and he’s not huge on the whole cake thing. I think it had A LOT to do with the way my mom packaged it. She put it in the cake box and then wrapped that with two layers of newspaper and then put the whole thing in a plastic bag before putting it in the freezer.
So as far as traditions go, I think this is one to keep. If you do what my mom did you’ll have a great yummy cake to eat on your anniversary. But if you do what so many of my other friends have done and just stick the cake in the freezer without much protecting it, at least you’ll have an amusing story to tell.
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