How can I eat it? - the 10th anniversary edition
September 30, 2013 12:44 PM Subscribe
This coming Saturday, my husband and I are celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary with our family. As part of the event, we would like to serve the top tier from our wedding cake. What's the best way to do this, given my inexperience at decorating cakes and the time constraints?
posted by talitha_kumi to food & drink (15 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Ten years ago, the cake (a dense circular fruit cake about 9 inches across) was made for us by a professional baker, who told us that as long as we were careful not to crack any of the icing that cemented the top tier to the foiled cake board, then it would keep pretty much forever. She also said that it would be necessary to re-ice the cake though, because the original icing would deteriorate over time. The cake has spent the past ten years on top of a wardrobe, in an airtight box and with its original icing shell safely intact.
I took the cake out this afternoon, and prised away the old yellowed icing and marzipan. The cake is extremely dense, but it still feels a little springy when I press down hard on it. I cut a small shaving from the bottom and tasted it; the texture was dense and dry, but it still tasted the way fruit cake ought to. I've wrapped it in clingfilm so that it's still airtight until I can tackle the next part.
What do I do with it now? I'd like to re-ice it using a soft fondant icing instead of the sugar-cement that was on it before. My experience in icing cakes has never gone beyond a basic buttercream, and I've never before attempted anything of this nature.
I've kept the ribbons that decorated the original cake, and I was planning to make icing flowers to go on top as well.
I was also wondering if it would improve the texture and moistness of the cake if I drizzle brandy or rum into the base before attempting to ice it. It's something my mother used to do to the christmas cake each year, and those always came out beautifully moist after being kept for months.