Preserving Your Nigerian Wedding Cake
Preserving wedding cakes for as long as possible seems to be a normal tradition for newly weds for a number of reasons.
Although this article is to share tips on how to preserve wedding cakes, I would also be touching on a few topics that I think you may need to further understand why knowing how to preserve your wedding cake in Nigeria is important.
Where Did The Origin Of Saving Wedding Cakes Originat From?
The origin of saving the top tier of a wedding cake originated in Great Britain in the 18th century. During this time, the top of the cake, which was usually a fruit cake or chocolate cake because they lasted longer, was saved by the couple to share at the christening of their first child.
Why do newly weds preserve their wedding cake long after the wedding is over?
There are a few reasons why newly weds love to preserve their wedding cakes for as long as a year before eating it.
Some of the reasons are:
1. Preserving the top tier of your wedding cake and eating it a year later is regarded as an omen for good luck and prosperity.
2. To mark their wedding anniversary.
3. To mark the blessing of the first child to the newly weds home.
Types of cakes
Understanding the different types of wedding cakes will help you to understand how how preserve them.
There are a lot of wedding cake types, but I will be listing the popular Nigerian Wedding cake types:
- Chocolate cake
- Vanilla cake
- Fruit cake
- Red velvet cake
- Carrot cake
Some of these cake types will hold up much better than others. The more delicate your cake is, the more stale, less moist and drier your cake will become.
For example, red velvet cake is a lighter cake that will not hold up so well.
Anything with fillings such as custards, creams or puddings will also not do so well.
Cakes such as chocolate, fruit cakes and vanilla cakes are more likely to stay more moist and have a longer shelf life than cakes such as red velvet and carrot cakes.
Precautionary measures to be taken to ensure that your wedding cake can be preserved for as long as possible.
Did you know that the British Royal wedding cakes are being preserved for centuries?
I even discovered that they usually kept their first tier of cake or as much as 3 tiers of cake, for the christening of their children. Wow!
Interesting isn’t it?
This wedding tradition is one that has been around for ages, but how exactly did this fruity, liquor-filled concoction become the de facto dessert of the royal family?
The answer is simple: it is well-preserved.
So it is important you take the right preservative masures, if you want to preserve your wedding cake for however long and to ensure that it is still safe to eat a whole year or more later.
As a Nigerian…
It is important to also note that Nigeria is not infamous for bad electricity supply and it is necessary to take this into consideration, if you would want to preserve your cake for more than 6 months.
Ensure that your freezing devices is working well and constant electricity is available to power these freezing devices.
It is also very important that you inform your cake baker ahead of time that you would like to preserve your cake for as long as possible.
You may even give a time frame, as this would help your baker to know the right amount of alcohol and other preservatives to put in your wedding cake, so that your cake can be preserved for as long as possible.
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How exactly do you preserve your wedding cake?
Your wedding cake contains milk, egg and other perishable ingredients, that may make your cake not preserve for long, so if it’s not properly handled and the necessary messures taken, your wedding cake will definitely get spoilt over a short period of time.
Steps To Take To Preserve Your Wedding Cake
1. The first step is to remove the fondant icing on the cake. As fondant icing is heavy and will not allow the refrigerator easily penetrate the cake.
This may in turn make the cake retain heat and heat is not good for the cake.
2. The second step is to completely cover the cake with a plastic wrap. A cling film doubled up, should do.
3. The third step is wrap the already plastic wrapped cake, in at least 2 layers of aluminium foil.
4. The fourth and final step is to place the wrapped cake in the freezer.
Please note: Do Not refrigerate (use a fridge), to preserve your wedding cake. Always use a freezer as Refrigerating your cake will dry it out, while freezing the cake will help it maintain it’s moisture.
It is not necessarily the cake baker’s fault if your cake gets bad after a few days. It may sometimes be as a result of you not knowing how to properly preserve the wedding cake.
It’s time to eat!
After a year, it is finally time to eat your cake, yaaay!!!
Make sure to begin defrosting your cake a day in advance in your refrigerator.
Remove the cake from it’s wrapping and let it continue defrosting. It will taste the best if you let it sit in room temperature for a bit before diving into your wedding anniversary cake!
I hope this article was of great help to you… Let us know what worked for you in the comments below.
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