A wedding without a cake as a centre piece of the wedding breakfast just wouldn’t be right would it?. Today a couple getting married can chose from all sorts of options ranging from traditional wedding cakes to the ever so fashionable cupcakes and cupcake towers. But where did this tradition come from?
We can trace the history of wedding cakes as far back as Roman times when it was traditional for a simple piece of cake to be broken over the bride’s head in order to ensure her future fertility and the success of the offspring. The guests would then eat the crumbs that fell from the broken cake and this tradition led to a custom of sharing a wedding cake with all the guests. These days wedding cake are so elaborate and often so large that breaking one over a bride’s head would not be that welcome by any bride!
Different countries have different traditions for wedding cake styles but in England, by medieval times, the popularity of small round cake buns grew as opposed to a big single cake. Buns would be piled up in front of the bride and groom making it difficult for them to kiss over the top. If they managed to kiss, it was symbolic of a lifetime of prosperity together.
During the 16th century, a French chef visited London and was appauled at the tradition of haphazardly stacking buns that might fall on the floor so a new tradition as born where cake were stack neatly on small towers. This tradition of stacking small cakes resurrected itself in the 21st century with the hugely popular cupcake towers which allow each guest of have one little cake each rather than just a slice from the tradition main cake. Brides and grooms also like the fact that cupcake towers allow them to cater exactly for number of guests at the wedding using cupcakes!
These days most couples cannot kiss over the top of their wedding cake because cakes tend to be large and elaborate displays. Instead the tradition is to cut the cake together which symbolises the bride vowing to help her groom wherever possible. Some couples also feed each other the first bite which represents a tradition that they are mutually committing to provide for one another for life.
Wedding cakes were also traditionally white in colour thought by many to presented purity and innocence. In fact, this tradition stems primarily from the Victorian era when only the rich could afford the finest sugars needed to make pure white icing – the white therefore became a symbol of prosperity and wealth and statement that a married couple would have a prosperous future together. Wedding cakes and cupcakes come in all shapes, sizes and colours and very much depend on the couples own tastes, wedding themes and colour schemes. Good wedding cake makers will be able to match colours perfectly and make beautiful and intricate designs that a couple will photograph and remember long after the cake has been eaten.
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