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We have kept the top tier of our wedding cake for 4 years in foil and a sealed container. The cake is edible but icing is hard. Is there anything we can do to it to make it more edible?


Posted by mom87251, 12th November 2014


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  • I’d probably remove the icing before eating.


  • I don’t know… maybe ask a baker? Or try microwaving it for a short time? I’m not sure about that idea, but it’s all I can think of.


  • My advice would be the same as noellajean’s.


  • I didn’t realise people kept cake for years to eat later on. I thought it was for memory purposes only


  • A recently ate some wedding cake which is a bit over 5 years old. Knowing them it would not have been re-iced. The icing was still reasonably soft. I know the icing didn’t have almond in it at all. That may make a difference – I don’t know.


  • drink LOTS of alcohol before eating it LOL


  • Do people really keep cake for this many years and expect to be able to eat it? I would be keeping it for memorabilia, but to eat….I don’t think so! Sounds like the damage is already done to your icing, but enjoy the cake


  • our cake maker told us to take the fondant icing off and microwave the cake a bit to make it softer. not sure what to do with the fondant, I would be hoping that it thaws out a bit on the bench and hope that it doesn’t go yuk


  • You could try taking the icing off, specially if it is a fondant icing.


  • I thought the top layer was supposed to be eaten on your first anniversary…

    As to the icing all I can suggest is let it sit on the bench to defrost, do cover it in a teatowel (make sure it is 100% dry) and keep checking every 15mins or so, depending on how large the cake it, you may need to change the teatowel after a while if it gets damp. I hope this helps as this is what my cake decorator friend has suggested to me in the past and it worked.


  • I can only suggest short stints in the microwave or perhaps placing a warm damp tea-towel over the cake (not certain if the tea-towel idea will result in sticky icing though.)
    Hope some other moms can help. Good Luck. :-)


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