Frozen, Sawdust-Tasting, Year-Old Wedding Cake: Who Made Up That Stupid Tradition?

Lisa Lacy

August, September, and October are three of the most popular months to get married, according to That means we're smack-dab in the middle of wedding season. So it's no surprise that I recently came across a post in the Houston Press about the tradition of eating the top tier of your wedding cake on your first anniversary.

I feel like this is one of those things that most people have heard about, but no one knows exactly why anybody does it. So I did a little research.

The result?

I'm not sure anyone on the Internet has a definitive answer. I can't find much other than "it's tradition," and/or it's a ploy among everyone in your family to get you to do it, too, simply because they were suckered into it, and/or traditional wisdom said you'd have a child by your first anniversary and you could save money on cake by eating defrosted wedding cake at the baby's christening, and/or you can relive the magic of your wedding day.

I'm the type of person who will OD on nostalgia someday, so I'm sure I'll freeze the top tier of "my" wedding cake in keeping with tradition and out of a morbid sense of curiosity about what year-old defrosted cake tastes like. And maybe that's why other people do it, too.

But it's such an elaborate process

And this post from the Examiner strongly advises against freezing cake because it says white flour doesn't keep well and buttercream/fondant doesn't preserve the cake. The writer also quotes a friend who said eating year-old cake was like "eating sawdust," and says a better option is to find a baker who offers a free anniversary cake.

What's more, I found a website -- -- that is intended to be a forum for sharing horror stories about frozen cake ... although, to be fair, there aren't many stories posted.

What about you? Did you freeze your cake? Were you happy with your decision?

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