Bridal Club Magazine
What's In A Cake?
Aside from the bride's outfit,
there is one thing that most guests will remember from your
No, not the flowers, not the reception, or even the first
dance. It is the cake, and for this reason it deserves a
great deal of contemplation.
The wedding cake stands for a lot of things. To you and
your partner it is a symbol of love and commitment. To the
guests it is a focal point of conversation during the reception.
And to the baker it is another chance to create a work of
art. Either way, the cake is an essential component of your
wedding, and requires a great deal of thought before the final
arrangements are made.
...The wedding cake was first
seen as important by the ancient Romans...
The wedding cake was first seen as important by the ancient
Romans. Back then the cake wasn't the thickly-iced
centrepiece you see nowadays; it was a simple thin wheat cake, and
it was crumbled over the bride's head to ensure her fertility.
Of course this tradition has faded away (imagine the mess
today's elaborate cakes would make), but the importance of the cake
has not. It is the true symbolism of the commitment you and
your partner have just made, so it is essential that you get every
aspect of it right, from the colour of the icing to the traditions
that are upheld in society today.
In terms of the cake itself, tradition is no longer upheld with
the vigour of years past. Whereas beforehand look was
all-important, taste has now become paramount.
wish to be traditional, you cannot go past the three-tiered
fruitcake with the thick white icing. However this tradition
is certainly an acquired taste, and not all guests find the rich
texture suits their palate. Many couples nowadays decide is
to change the flavour of the cake, and match the icing with theme
colours of the wedding.
A rich chocolate cake is a favourite, and cheesecakes are also
popular. But there really is no restriction on the type of
cake you wish to serve. It is your wedding, you do with it as you
When it comes to baking and designing the cake, often the
easiest option is order the cake from your caterer, or the
restaurant where your reception is being held. This way the
cake will be delivered with the rest of your food, and it saves you
working with a second business. You can of course order a
professional baker to make the wedding cake. This is often the best
option if you are looking at something on a grand scale, such as a
multi- tiered cake, or a particular design.
If you are planning a smaller wedding, why not ask a friend or
relative to bake it
for you? Many home bakers nowadays take cake decorating
classes and can produce a cake of professional standard.
Price varies depending on the size and design of the cake, and
also the baker. Some bakers prefer to charge per slice,
others charge depending on the ingredients and time put in.
It is a wise move to get several quotes from different bakers, as
the price for your cake could fluctuate greatly depending on who is
As I have said earlier, the cake is one of the centrepieces of
your wedding, and it deserves to be displayed as such. It
usually has a table to itself, away from the food and set against a
nice backdrop for photographic purposes.
Whilst tradition has been lost with the cake itself, it is very
much alive and well in the rituals performed on the day.
the cake is one of these traditions. The cutting should occur
at the reception just before dessert is served. It takes
place in this fashion: the groom places his right hand over the
right hand of bride, and together they cut the bottom layer of the
cake. The groom then feeds the bride her first slice, and
she feeds him. This tradition serves as a symbol of the
couple's willingness to share a household. The parents should
be served next, with usually the bride's parents served first.
After this the guests are served.
...It is believed to be bad
luck if a guest leaves the reception without tasting the wedding
Another tradition respected today is that of saving the cake's
top layer. This layer is then frozen and eaten by the bride
and groom on their first anniversary, or on the birth of their
first child. Of course a cake frozen for a year can lose some
of its taste, so some couples simply freeze it until their one
month anniversary. A second 'mini' cake is then made for
their first year. However this is one tradition that most
couples choose to respect, so enjoy that one-year-old cake