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

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like it was a fabulous trip!

  2. seabreeze Bee
    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)

  4. Guest Icon Guest
    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!!

  5. onion Bee
    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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