Many will agree that no wedding is a wedding without cake but couples opting for a destination wedding are open to more varied options such as macaroon towers, cupcakes and personalized wedding biscuits. For those opting to cut a cake, funky & fun flavours such as pink lemonade, salted caramel, ginger spice, strawberries & cream, spiked red velvet, elderflower, lemon & champagne, cookies & cream, coconut & rum and even gin & tonic are being preferred over traditional fruit!
The origins of the wedding cake come from medieval Britain where a 'bride pie' was made with sweetbread, fruit and nuts. Icing became a fixture in the seventeenth century and white icing after Queen Victoria's nuptials. Traditionally, it was the duty of the bride to cut and distribute the wedding cake as it was believed doing so ensured the bride's fertility. As weddings became larger celebrations and the number of guests grew, the groom was called up to help cut and distribute the cake. A multi-tiered fruit wedding cake with white icing is the picture everyone generally has in their head when they think of a wedding cake. Of course, with the multitude of flavours, fillings, icing and decorations available today, the wedding cake has taken on a whole new identity.
The Final Word You can have the perfect dress, the perfect venue and speeches that move everyone to tears but if you don't have a cake, that's something your guests will always remember. Wedding cakes really are the piece de resistance and the sweet treat that everyone looks forward to at the end of a wedding, be it a local, destination, civil, religious, symbolic or same sex wedding.