An old saying goes, "You can't eat your cake and have it too." Well, times have changed, and so have conventional ways of thinking! The modern bride and groom want to eat their cake, and have it too!
In fact, the tasteful, yet traditional wedding cake invariably becomes a focal point in any modern day wedding celebration. No food fiesta of a lavish or modest wedding celebration is complete without this tantalizingly delicious, well decorated delicacy.
Let's rewind the clock and take a look at the intriguing history of this appealing custom along with some of the popular wedding cake accessories like cake toppers.
You would be amazed to know that the original concept of the wedding cake finds its traces in the ancient Roman Empire. The wedding cake was perhaps not at its best then by our standards. Unlike the sweet iced cakes which we now love to savor, cakes then were made of whole wheat flour. Though the preparation and decoration of the wedding cake was done differently at this time, it still enjoyed the same attention and focus.
These bread cakes, as part of a curious ancient custom, were broken into small pieces over the bride's head. After this ritual, guests and relatives would eat them, as it was considered it to be a good omen.
In Medieval England, cakes were basically breads similar to flour-based foods minus sweetening. There are accounts of a custom that involved piling small sweet buns in front of the newly weds who then would make an attempt to kiss over the bread bun pile. If they could succeed in doing so, it was construed as a sign that the couple would bear many children.
Around late 17th century, to check the status of the wedding cake, we are treated to more interesting facts. During this period the wedding cake came to be known as the bride's pie or cake.
The bride's pie or cakes were merely mince pies made of sugary sweet breads. A glass ring was hidden in these pies during the preparation. A belief then was that the lucky female at the wedding gathering to find the ring in the cake would be the next one to wed.
The wedding cakes have historically been white, a shade that almost universally stands for purity. In fact, the idea of a white wedding became most prevalent during the Victorian era, symbolizing the innocence of childhood and purity of heart.
Another interesting tradition probably first witnessed in the 17th century was keeping a piece of cake under an unwed girl's pillow in the night. For this the cake was broken into tiny pieces, which then were passed through the bride's wedding ring. These pieces were then offered to the female guests to be placed under their own pillows. By following this ritual, it was believed that they would dream of their prospective husband.
Now, let's look at the history of the wedding cake toppers. It again has been an ancient tradition followed in wedding ceremonies, though it's difficult to pinpoint as when exactly wedding cake toppers entered the slew of wedding customs. The exact details of their origin are wrapped in mystery. Of course, there's no debate or doubt about the importance of the wedding cake topper.
One account regarding its origin a century ago revolves around a baker's daughter who was about to get married. The girl asked her father to create a symbol of the unflinching love between her and the groom, for the world to see.
After mulling over several ideas and carefully deliberating over each one of them, the father decided to make a unique creation - a lovely wedding cake, with two fabulous figurines on top of it. The figurines that the cake top featured were obviously of his daughter and her groom-to-be. The baker had conceived the cake topper as the perfect symbol of their love and bonding.
On the wedding day the daughter was moved by the sight of the cake made with love and affection by her father. The daughter was indeed touched by the beautiful gift and the sentiments behind it. For her it was the best gift, among the most unique wedding favors, she could have received. The cake, hosting the figurines, was prominently placed at the venue of the wedding.
This tale may merely be an anecdote, yet it shows the significance and importance of the wedding cake tops.
You have been treated to some curious historical traditions associated with the wedding cake. This lovely, savory piece of history retains its charm and importance. The care you take with decisions regarding other aspects of your weeding, such as wedding stationery, should also be reflected with the same finesse and touch of class in the selection of your wedding cake as well.
So when you think of your wedding, think of the wedding cake, or vice versa, to make the occasion a memorable one. And remember, you can eat your cake, and have it too!
Congratulations! It’s that very special time when you’re still high on the engagement and looking forward toward that special day when you’ll unite your hearts and lives in a special oath. You want the day to be the fairy tale you’ve always imagined. It has to be beautiful in every conceivable way and, to be sure, it will be. One of the many things on the long list of items to consider for your wedding days will be choosing from many possible wedding cakes, styles, and traditions for the special cutting ceremony. Don’t worry, things always come together on time.
For starters, you should know why we still uphold this tradition in the first place. Wedding cakes evolved from a custom held by small villages thousands of years ago. It was customary in many parts of Europe that any wedding to take place in the town was a celebration for the whole village. A new household was born, two long-standing local families were uniting, and a new hearth would stand alight to strengthen the entirety of the village. To commemorate this important event for the “tribe,” the couple (and sometimes just the Bride) would prepare a loaf of bread that would be blessed at the ceremony and then fed to the entire village in attendance.
It wasn’t until later, when more wealth flooded into the countryside and the nobles began to get fancy to rival one another, that the bread turned into what we now know as cake. Cake was a luxury to be sure and many villagers only ever tasted it at a special occasion like a wedding. The act of gifting each member with a piece was a show of good faith from the new bride and groom. In the Victorian era, the height of fanciness, wedding cakes finally reached the state we know them now: towering, multi-tiered monstrosities that were lavishly decorated with the finest, sweetest icing. This was the pinnacle of show for the royal wedding and, of course, the peasants and villagers replicated it to the best of their ability.
Often the wedding cake was designed to match and mirror the bride’s dress, which is why most of them were white and frilly. In contemporary wedding circles, wedding cakes are seeing yet another renaissance in which we are departing from the rigid traditions of old Victorian noble rivalries and modern brides are taking liberties with the design and style of their wedding cakes.
Modern Twists on Traditional Wedding Cakes
Where the old ways necessitated sticking to form and outdoing others in subtle ways, modern freedom allows us to depart wildly from the traditional method. You can still choose elegant, multi-tiered cakes with white icing flowers if you like. These still maintain a classic beauty and sense of class. However, you can also choose simpler cakes, horizontal tiers (meaning there are several cakes laid out side-by-side as opposed to stacked), or even creative options like cupcakes or ice cream cakes.
When you choose a wedding cake design, pick something that you’ll look back and remember fondly as something that represented you and your partner and the special day you shared together. It doesn’t have to match the dress as has been traditional, but the theme of your ceremony and decoration should surely come into play. If you’re going with a beach wedding, your wedding cake could reflect this with sand-colored cake, ocean-tinted icing, and sea shell decorations.
Feel free to experiment and feel out what works for you the best. Wedding cakesare always remembered and you’ll want it to be an extension of yourself at the wedding. As is traditional, the cake is your gesture to your guests showing your appreciation for their attendance and a way of offering the blessings of your union to everyone.
Once again, Congratulations!