Mmm… Year-Old Cake!

Mr. Onion and I joined the ranks of newlyweds who have saved the top of their wedding cakes to enjoy a year later. I have to admit… it tasted pretty darn good (more on the cake later)!

Cake made by Alison at Mirabelle’s Cafe in Burlington, VT.

Mr. Onion and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary by heading back to Burlington, VT, where we were married last September. We stayed at the Willard Street Inn where it all began. We enjoyed the weather and being outdoors in such a beautiful part of the county.

Here we are on the steps at the inn on our wedding day.

And here we are on the steps this past weekend. We asked a very kind guest at the inn if she’d mind taking our picture, and we explained our story and connection with the inn. She told us that she and her husband had been married for almost 60 years, and assured us that our love would continue to grow!

Our room was lovely and very romantic. It was a bit of a splurge, but we didn’t get each other gifts””the trip was our shared gift!

The breakfast at the Willard Street Inn was a major highlight! Not only was it delicious (they have a chef who comes in every morning just to make three yummy breakfast choices””usually an egg dish, a sweeter dish like pancakes or french toast, and a granola and yogurt for a lighter breakfast), but also their breakfast room was stunning!

You might remember that Mr. Onion and I had our “first sight” here on our wedding day.

The owners are wonderful gardeners and grow these amazing dahlias that make you feel welcome at the guest book table.

There were even more dahlias at reception and on the breakfast tables. I thought this would make a lovely wedding reception or cocktail table decoration. It would be such an easy DIY flower project and could also be made in advance.

We then headed to town where Mr. Onion came across a brick on the market place that was so sweet… what a way to propose! I wish I knew the story of the couple.

That night we had a romantic celebration dinner at Leunig’s””the best restaurant in town! When our waitress approached our table, she smiled and said, “You guys got married at Adriana’s last year. I served your party, and it was an amazing wedding!” Burlington is such a small town and we were pleased to see a familiar face.

The next morning we got up early to enjoy the day. We drove out to the Grand Isle, a small island in Lake Champlain that is quite close to Burlington.

Then we headed back to the Lake Champlain waterfront in Burlington, where we had taken our engagement photos.

On the waterfront is Splash Cafe, where a wedding reception was going to be held that evening””we saw many well-dressed guests on their way in, but sadly, there were no bride and groom sightings!

The weather really turned out to be lovely… a little chilly, but sunny!

We also made a friend! He was fearless and came right up to us hoping we had some bread for him.

At the end of the day we headed back to the inn to try our wedding cake and to see how it held up to being frozen for a year. MIL Onion did a fantastic job freezing our cake. If you plan to freeze the top of your own wedding cake, here are some tips.

1) Know the size of the top layer and get a Tupperware that is a little bigger than it.  The Tupperware should be round or square, depending on the shape of your cake.

2) Talk to your reception site’s staff beforehand to let them know that you plan to save the top layer of your cake, so they don’t serve it to your guests.

3) To preserve the cake, put in the fridge so it sets up a bit (that way it won’t get too squished), then when it has chilled for a while, bring it back out and wrap it in plastic wrap (two layers), then tinfoil (two layers), THEN place it in the Tupperware.

4) Bring a cooler or freezer bag to store and transport it home in.

5) Prepare your freezer beforehand so you know that the Tupperware will fit, and you should be able to keep it frozen for a year.

Enjoy, but don’t eat the whole cake! We brought the rest of our cake home to share with our families.

We had a fantastic time and enjoyed remembering our wonderful wedding day. The best part of the trip was being able to reflect on our first year of marriage, and also being able to spend a whole weekend of downtime with each other with no distractions.  No cell phones, no work emails, just us! We both feel so fortunate every day and are sure to tell each other as often as we can. I look forward to all of our future adventures, including closing on our first home (more on that later).

Have you told your partner that you love them today? Don’t forget… it never gets old! :)

P.S. A very happy anniversary to my date twins””Mr. & Mrs. Corn and Mr. & Mrs. Emerald!


Mrs. Onion

NYC/Burlington, VT
Wedding Date:
September 2007
Thank You! Already!
*Engaged is Better, Our Love Kicks %ss!
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  1. corn Member
    corn 1130 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:44 am

    Ha ha…we have similar minds, onion. I just finished my post on our cake…and we actually wrapped it up the same way. But alhtough it was edible, and actually passed for ‘good’, we didn’t finish our slices 😉

  2. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 am

    Thanks for the cake freezing tips :) and Happy Anniversary!

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    Becky, Guest @ 10:57 am

    My last comment got stuck in an internet black hole, so I’ll keep this one short…

    I can’t believe it’s been a year for you already! I just loved your wedding pictures. :) My anniversary is coming up too… 12/15! Hopefully it won’t snow 8 inches this year like it did on our wedding day…
    :) Becky

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    Laura, Guest @ 10:58 am

    Happy Anniversary Mrs. Onion!

    You were my first introduction into the whole world of Weddingbee. I think I saw an inspiration board of your wedding in Style Me Pretty and was intrigued by it all. I’ve loved following along.

    Best wishes!

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    julieulie, Guest @ 11:02 am

    As an alternative idea for what to do with the cake… rather than save the WHOLE thing for the one year anniversary, since we had a huge top layer, we cut it into 12 slices, and eat one slice each month on our “monthiversary” (and of course, saved the biggest piece for our one year anniversary!). Since we both work absurd hours with our chosen careers (90+ hours/week for me, 100+ hours/week for him), we rarely see each other and never spend quality time together, so it’s nice to get to sit down and have a piece of cake together once a month!

  6. gingerbread Member
    gingerbread 649 posts, Busy bee @ 12:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Mr. & Mrs. Onion! It looks like you had a wonderful anniversary. I just love that photo of you and Mr. Onion on your wedding day :)

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    Meghan, Guest @ 12:14 pm

    I like how you called it “the Grand Isle.” To us it’s just a town: Grand Isle. =) And I looove breakfast at the Willard Street Inn. I had an omelet with spinach, onins and brie last fall, yummmy!

  8. margarita Member
    margarita 369 posts, Helper bee @ 12:15 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You guys look just as happy and in love a year later :)

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    mhb, Guest @ 12:32 pm

    You two are so cute. Happy Anniversary!

  10. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:19 pm

    Congrats Mrs. Onion! You guys are adorable.

    @julieulie: I love that idea!

  11. mspomegranate Member
    mspomegranate 961 posts, Busy bee @ 5:25 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like it was a fabulous trip!

  12. seabreeze Member
    seabreeze 972 posts, Busy bee @ 2:33 am

    Happy one year of wedded bliss, Mrs Onion!

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    Delia Adriana, Guest @ 11:18 pm

    I gotta say, I’ve been following your blog for quite some time. I am a short dress bride myself, however, it is more of your personality as a couple that I love! and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that you put up tips on freezing cake, because as “gross” as it may sound, I would love to freeze our cake as a traditional thing. Happy anniversary you guys!!! You well deserve it! :o)

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    LSB, Guest @ 6:53 pm

    Mrs. Onion! Long time, no, er, email. I haven’t been on weddingbee in awhile, but glad I checked in today. Happy belated 1yr to you and Mr. Onion! Cheers!!

  15. onion Member
    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 11:28 am

    thank you all so much for the warm wishes. i’m glad the cake freezing tips were helpful and that my wedding was an inspiration for many of you — that’s the most a bee could ask for and why we all blog!!

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