Let them Eat Cake!!
The Wedding Cake
The wedding cake is the traditional celebratory dessert served to the guests at a reception following the ceremony. In our modern Western culture, it is usually a tiered cake that is iced and decorated per the desires of the bride. Achieving a strong cake that can support the decorations while remaining edible can be considered the epitome of skill of the cake artist!
Where it all began…
The wedding cake is a tradition that began back in the Roman Empire. At the time, it was a loaf of bread that the groom broke over the bride’s head as a symbol of his dominance in the marriage. The color of the cake was typically white to symbolize purity. The joint task of the bride and groom cutting the cake was meant to symbolize their first joint task in married life. The gesture of feeding cake to one another was a symbol of the commitment the bride and groom are making.
In medieval England, the bride and groom would pile sweet rolls between themselves and would attempt to kiss over said pile without knocking them all down. It is said that this was witnessed by a French pastry chef who returned to his country and created what is today’s classic French wedding cake—the magnificent croquembouche.
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