Celebrate One Year with Your Top Tier

Wedding cakePreserving the top tier of the wedding cake continues to be popular among many of today’s newlyweds. The tiniest tier is gently wrapped and frozen to be enjoyed by the couple on their first anniversary. This tradition as we know it today actually grew out of once held conventional views and expectations. Continue reading

Lemon Isn’t Just for Sweet Tea!

A change in seasons calls for a change of desserts! Spring and soon-to-come summer have led me on a thorough search for warm weather confections. Serious consideration is given to recipes that include ingredients I don’t have to Google. Lemon is my go-to dessert flavor as it is offers the perfect combination of tangy and sweet. Those served chilled another plus in steamy southern Louisiana.

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Pink Ribbon King Cake is Back!

Once again, Haydel’s has partnered with The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.  For every Pink Ribbon King Cake sold during the month of October, Haydel’s will donate $5 to fund breast cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

This is our third year partnering with The Pink Ribbon Shop.  Here’s the back story on our partnership. Founder of The Pink Ribbon Shop, Kim Hellmers is a New Orleans native. She was originally diagnosed with stage II breast cancer at age 32 in 2000. Her diagnosis prompted her to think about the people around her and their own risk.  In an effort to reach as many as possible, The Pink Ribbon Shop was born, continuing its mission today to promote breast cancer awareness and fund the cure one pink ribbon at a time.

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Wedding Traditions & Superstitions: Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

Paul Wood Photography

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” This old, familiar rhyme suggests brides carry several tokens of good luck on their trip down the aisle.

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Viva Las Vegas!

I was lucky enough to spend last week in Vegas baby, a city that boasts nearly as many nicknames as New Orleans. Las Vegas has definitely earned the title of “Marriage Capital of the World” and although I wasn’t there for a wedding, this trip was all about weddings.

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Wedding Superstitions & Traditions: The Bouquet & Garter Toss

Greg Randon Studio.

While some may cringe when they hear the call for all the single folks to come to floor, others can’t wait to wrestle their gal pals for a fist full of fresh flowers or try to beat their bros to the garter.  But few give a second thought as to how these celebrated shenanigans that supposedly signify the next to wed, got their start…

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Wedding Superstitions & Traditions: Wedding Day Weather

Not a rainy Saturday goes by that I don’t think about it being someone’s wedding day.  The bride who wakes to drizzle or downpour will certainly hear over and over that rain is good luck, as she attempts to keep frizzy hair at bay and her dress out of puddles.

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Freeze Your Cake and Eat It Too

If you’d like to keep with popular tradition and freeze the top tier of your wedding cake, but fear freezer burn and a sketchy tasting cake 365 days from now, we’ve got you covered.  Here’s how to successfully store your big-day-dessert so you can enjoy it on your one year anniversary.

  • First, remove any adornments like sugar flowers or other ornaments and set aside.
  • Chill the cake.  This allows the icing to harden so the plastic wrap doesn’t stick to it.  Chill time will vary, just be sure the icing is firm.
  • Next, wrap the unadorned cake generously and snugly in multiple layers of of plastic wrap.  Be sure there are no gaps or air pockets that might lead to dreaded freezer burn.
  • Once the cake is solidly wrapped, place it in a sturdy container, like a box, which prevents dents from other misbehaving or carelessly placed frozen foods.
  • Be sure to mark your little frozen bundle of nostalgia appropriately so you don’t mistake it for last month’s lasagna and accidentally toss it.
  • When it’s time to celebrate your first year of wedded bliss, simply remove the box from the freezer 24 hours in advance, leaving all wrappings intact, and place it in the fridge.  An hour before serving, unwrap it and set it out at room temperature.

Hints:  Consider keeping your cake at a distance from other frozen leftovers so it doesn’t absorb any unwanted flavors.

Be mindful of cakes of with delicate ingredients, like creamy fillings, that may not freeze as well as heartier flavors like almond or carrot cake.

Some event planners will see to it that your top tier is wrapped properly and given to a trusted friend or relative until you can place it in your own freezer.  And of course you always have the option of revisiting your bridal bakery prior to your anniversary and having them recreate your top tier if you’d rather not be bothered at all.

 

Did you know…?  This modern tradition stems from an old custom when couples once preserved the top tier of their wedding cake to be used at their first child’s christening or baptism, which was assumed to take place within a year of the bride and groom’s nuptials.

Live it up y’all!  – M.T.

 

Meredith handles Brand Development, Social Media and Special Projects for Haydel’s.  Keep up with all things sweet and southern right here on “Haydelicious.”