One Year Later: Our Frozen Wedding Cake Adventure

The one (and I think only) thing John and I have ever fought about was what to do with the top tier of our wedding cake. I wanted to freeze it for tradition’s sake and eat it on our one year anniversary. He wanted to unceremoniously toss it in the trash. He thought it would be disgusting and cringed at the thought of eating something that had been sitting in the freezer for a year. Deep down, I was skeptical too. But I needed to carry out the tradition, to do the one last thing you do to remember your wedding day and commemorate your first year of marriage. I don’t know why I felt so strongly about it, I’m normally not such a stickler for tradition. I guess it was because I knew that after one whole year it would be the only remaining tangible thing from our wedding. And why wouldn’t I want to hold on to that for just a little bit longer?

In the end, we froze it (much to John’s chagrin). Throughout the whole year, every single time I opened the freezer and saw it, I smiled. It brightened my day. I didn’t even care about eating it anymore. I just loved seeing it in there, surprising and delighting me each time.

It even made the move from our old apartment to our new house in August (in a ice filled cooler bag for the 1 mile trip).


As you may know John and I were busy driving cross country last week (blogs on that coming soon!) for our one year wedding anniversary, and somehow we forgot about the cake. When we got back we were so wrapped up in our trip, unpacking, doing a million other things to get back into our routines that we totally forgot. I was doing something at work on Wednesday and suddenly it hit me. I called John immediately: “WE FORGOT SOMETHING!” “What, on our trip?!” “No….something we can….EAT!!” “OHHHH!…..oh….” He wasn’t thrilled but I was!

So that night Mr. Skeptical (clearly pictured below) moved the cake from the freezer to the fridge to defrost. It was in the fridge for about 24 hours.


Last night, it was time to celebrate with cake!!


We removed it from it’s protective freezer bag and 20 layers of plastic wrap.


John did the honors while I held my breath.


It looked, smelled, and felt exactly as it had on our wedding day. For the record it was chocolate cake with a middle layer of chocolate ganache and buttercream frosting.


We linked arms and each took a took a tentative bite. It was….DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!

Clearly Mr. Skeptical immediately turned into Mr. Freezer Cake Enthusiast.


We seriously could not believe it. It definitely didn’t taste as fresh as it had day of but it tasted pretty darn close. It was still moist, sweet, and the frosting was creamy. We cracked up!! I guess it’s a tradition for a reason!


After a few bites we were done though. I had forgotten how sweet it was!


After our final bite and some more laughter, we bid the top tier farewell and threw it out.

The first year of our marriage definitely endured some of life’s natural ups and downs but we’re a team, a strong one at that, and nothing can divide us. Not even cake that’s been sitting in the freezer for a year.

Author: Domestocrat

I'm a lady who enjoys photography, football, cooking, long drives with the windows down, This American Life, kettlecorn, hot yoga, pop punk, my nephews, my cat Reggie, and my home: Boston.

14 thoughts

  1. wow, that looks delicious!
    our wedding cakery (I liked writing that better than ‘baker’) told us that we could come back in a year for a free mini version of our wedding cake. Apparently they offer this to everyone who gets a cake from them. We had grand marnier-soaked cake with a lemon/rasp filling!

    1. I’ve heard of that too. It’s a cute idea. My husband said if the cake was gross, he’d get us another one from the cakery to celebrate with.

  2. So cool! We didn’t get to have anniversary cake because we did pies at our wedding (and I couldn’t figure out how to get the same pie from Washington State to Ohio last June). But I love that tradition. PS, can’t wait to hear about your trip!

  3. Hooray! I like that in the end, by eating it and tossing the rest, you actually both got what you wanted :) Plus you got cake. That’s sort of like a win-win. Can’t wait to see posts on the trip. Congrats on a year!

  4. The cake looks delicious! Congratulations on your first wedding anniversary and a great post! :)

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