September 15, 2010

The Wedding Cake

Wedding cakes can be made with the traditional rich fruit cake, vanilla & chocolate sponge, rich chocolate and carrot. Cakes can include tiers, can be made from mini cakes all placed together making serving to the guests easier. Brides may choose to serve only the larger bottom layer of the cake and keep the smaller more decorated top layers. This also make it easier to transport the wedding cake, as the various tiers can be individually boxed.

Looking back at the history of the wedding cake we can be grateful that not all traditions remain as the years go by, for example -during Roman times a cake made of flour and salt and water was first tasted by the bride and the groom and the remainder would be thrown over the head of the bride. This was thought to bring a rich life and fertility to the couple. Guests would then attempt to obtain a crumb for themselves for they believed they would then share in the good fortune and future prosperity of the couple. My sense of humour has pictures of guests scrambling for pieces of cake crumbs in the hope of better things to come.

In ancient times the guests would bring their own small cakes to the ceremony and then throw them at the newly wedded couple, probably as a relic of fertility rites. Guests would then crumble the cakes over the brides head. I have not yet met any brides that would be happy with this tradition!

The cutting of the cake at a wedding is a very important part of the reception. The joint cutting of the cake by the bride and groom symbolises the joining of their lives. The groom places his right hand over the right hand of his bride she then places her left hand on top of his together they cut the cake as a symbol of their union.

For the young girls at the wedding, tradition says that a crumb taken by a maiden and placed under her pillow that night, would result in a dream showing the man she would marry. In Victorian times unmarried girls would pass a piece of cake through the wedding ring of the new bride, sleep with it under her pillow and she too would dream of the man she would eventually marry. An old British custom was to place a ring inside the cake before being baked. Then the lucky guest who found the ring in their piece of cake, would be the next one to find love, happiness and good fortune.

In the Middle Ages a dark cake made from dried fruit; todays choice would be chocolate as it must be dark in colour was placed next to the white cake.

Bring the cake and the champagne and lets toast the bride and groom!

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Article Submitted On: December 04, 2008