A clue is from the old nursery rhyme: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage!
The tradition comes from the UK, where wedding cake is usually a fruit cake. If you have ever had a fruit cake, then probably know that all of that alcohol will allow the cake to stay good for about 9 months. 9 months being the perfect amount of time for the baby to come along.
Yup, the top layer tradition comes from having to make a second cake for when the baby arrives!
We were not planning on saving our top cake. However, since there were 2 slices per guest, the hotel chose to save the top layer for us since there was no way we were going to go through that much cake!
Top layer, the day after our wedding
I have heard that no matter what you do, the top layer tastes terrible after a year. After some googling, I found directions on Wilton, What's Cooking America, and Associated Content. We opted to save our cake for a month when we would be able to eat the cake with family at our picture viewing party. Unfortunately, we were unable to get together...until THIS WEEKEND!
I took the cake out this morning...and I must say, it looks pretty darn good! It's defrosting in the fridge. I will get back to you on Monday on the actual cake tasting.