Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wedding Cakes

One of the most beautiful sights is seeing a bride walk down the aisle of a church with her father. That special music is playing for the bride's entrance into the church. There are such emotions among the bride and the father.  There are tears of joy and beautiful smiles of happiness.

The bride is looking towards the front of the church where the groom stands.  To see the smile on the groom as he sees his bride, brings such a warmness to my heart.  She only has eyes for him and he only has eyes for her.

Every bride is beautiful.  She has a radiance and a glow to her face; a twinkle in her eyes and a natural color that just shines with happiness.

Within the past forty-five days, I have attended 2 weddings.  This must be the year of weddings as I have already received at least five wedding announcements.  I love weddings because of the joy that radiates among everyone, as well as the tasting of the wedding cakes(bride & grooms).

There is an art to the wedding cakes.  They are all different from the flavors, texture, color, toppers and overall decoration of the cake.

Believe it or not, there is history of how wedding cakes came about.  Instead of being eaten, wedding cakes were thrown at the bride as a symbol of fertility.  The ritual of the wedding cake in Britain can be traced back to medieval times, when it would have been made of wheat and they were thrown at the bride as a symbol of fertility.

In the 1600's, a French chef used sawn off broom handles to assist in stacking the cakes.

In the 17th century, "bride pie" became popular.  These pies were sweet breads, mince pies and even mutton pies.

It was the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1840 that set the fashion for weddings. Sugar was cheaper and it was easier for working class families to imitate the weddings of the rich.

It was during World War II that the wedding cakes became smaller again due to the rationing of sugar and flour.

Here we are in the year 2016 and there are now themes for the wedding cakes.  The picture below shows the theme of stacked flowers with a delicious buttercream frosting.

The other photo is the picture of the groom's cake,  It was all about "Yeti".  The chocolate cake with the white icing and the beers on top was definitely the "topic of conversation".

Next time you are at wedding you will be able to ask the trivia question "what is the history behind the wedding cake?"  It will be interesting to see, how many people actually know the answer?

1 comment:

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