Sunday, August 30, 2009

How to Save the Top Tier of Your Wedding Cake for your First Anniversary

If you are planning your wedding you are probably finding it hard to think beyond the honeymoon, let alone a year later!

One romantic tradition that has been very popular for many years – saving the top tier of the wedding cake to enjoy on your first anniversary.

If you follow this check list step-by-step, you will be able to enjoy the top tier of your cake on your wedding anniversary. It will remain fresh and tasty for you to celebrate one year later.

1. At the end of the reception remove any ornaments, such as a cake topper or flowers, from the top layer of the wedding cake.

2. To keep any odd flavors from seeping into the cake while it is in the freezer, make sure the layer is set on a plastic plate or a cake board wrapped in foil.

3. Next, firm up the icing by placing the layer in the freezer for anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours. Do not wrap the cake with plastic wrap at this stage of freezing, or you will end up with plastic wrap frozen to the cake.

4. Remove the cake from the freezer. Using plastic wrap, cover the cake completely. In order to avoid freezer burn, make sure it is airtight and that there are no bubbles of air between the cake and the plastic wrap. Make sure that you cover the cake three or four times, checking for air bubbles as you go.

5. Cover the cake in tin foil.

6. As an extra precaution, at this point you might want to slide the cake into a large zip-lock freezer bag, remove all air and seal it.

7. Place the wrapped cake in a small bakery box to protect it from other items in the freezer. You can easily find cake boxes at bakeries or arts and crafts stores that sell cake decorating equipment.

8. Place the box deep within a non-defrosting freezer where it will remain for the year. If the freezer self-defrosts, your cake will be ruined.

Remember to begin the freezing process as soon as possible following the reception. You’ll have much better results – and a fresher cake on your anniversary – if the wedding cake is frozen while it is still as fresh as possible.

Unfortunately, if your cake has a crème filling, freezing it is not recommended.

One day before your one-year anniversary all you need to do is:

1. Begin defrosting the cake by moving it from the freezer to the refrigerator.

2. After two or three hours in the refrigerator, unwrap the cake and allow it to continue defrosting in the refrigerator.

3. Two hours before you plan to serve the cake, take it out of the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.

Finally enjoy your cake while reminiscing about your wedding day and your first year of marriage!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wedding Day Emergency Kit

As much as we would like our wedding to go without a hitch, it pays to be ready for anything!

Whether you are a bride or a bridesmaid, consider putting together a wedding day emergency kit. It will save time because no one will need to make a last-minute trip from the church to a store, and it will definitely relieve stress to know that these handy items are within reach.

Start out small, picking up a few things from the list here and there while you're out, and it won't seem so overwhelming (or as expensive). But, rest assured, all of these suggestions will eventually be used since they are common, everyday items.

Here are a few ideas for things to put into your wedding day emergency kit?

* clear nail polish (to repair a manicure or run in pantyhose) * instant stain remover (such as a Tide pen) * safety pins * nail file or emery board * miniature sewing kit
* Insect repellent (for outdoor weddings or receptions - be sure to test its scent prior to the event so you don't end up smelling like the great outdoors)
* fabric tape
* scissors
* mints
* tampons and pads
* pain killers
* dental floss
* tweezers
* comb/brush
* hair spray
* hair pins/bobby pins
* antacid
* crackers (in case someone forgets to eat)
* batteries (in case digital cameras run out of juice)
* ink pen (for when it's time to sign the marriage license)
* a list of phone numbers for all of your wedding vendors and your attendants
* contact lens solution

Another handy item to have on hand (but it won't fit in the emergency kit) would be a barstool
without a back or sides. Once you've dressed the bride, she's bound to want to sit down before
the ceremony begins, but if she sits in a regular chair, she'll risk wrinkling.

Make sure that someone keeps the emergency kit handy throughout the day. The worst possible thing would be for someone to suddenly need something in the kit and then realise you didn't bring it into the church with you as the bridesmaids are getting ready, and have to send someone to dig through your car to find it.