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The Great Wedding Cake Off

The Wedding Cake is a very ancient Wedding tradition which today forms a focal point at the reception. With the return of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ to our screens this autumn, we just had to take the opportunity to salivate at more Wedding Cake and to look at a few traditions and superstitions surrounding the Wedding Cake!

Having a Wedding Cake is a custom steeped in history and occurs in many cultures in one form or another. The Romans had a cake made out of flour, salt and water which was eaten whilst the ceremony was in progress. Tiered and iced confection was introduced to Britain from France after the Restoration in 1660. The shape of the modern three tiered cake is thought to be associated with the spire of St. Bride’s Church in London.

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

Claire Cameron Cakes

In bygone times it was the custom, probably as a relic of former fertility rites, to throw many small cakes over the Bride, this later evolved to crumbling cake over the Bride’s head –  a tradition which we are glad to say has ceased in this part of the world! Today, we prefer to eat those small cakepops and lick our lips! It is said to be unlucky for the Bride to bake the Wedding Cake herself which is just as well, given everything else the Bride has to do in the run up to the big day!

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

Le Cakepop

Cutting the Wedding Cake is part of the ritual celebrations at the Wedding reception. It is traditional for the Bride and the Groom to make the first cut in the cake together, symbolising their shared future. For cutting the Wedding cake, the Groom places his right hand over the right hand of his Bride, her left hand is then placed on top and she places the knife point at the centre of the bottom tier of the cake and slowly cuts the cake, helped by the Groom.

The tradition of the Bride and Groom feeding cake to each other is symbolic of the manner in which the couple will “feed and nourish” their relationship for the rest of their lives – just make sure there is a Bridesmaid on hand to touch up your lippy after!

For the superstitious among you, it is believed that if the Bridesmaids keep their slices of the Wedding Cake and place them under their pillows that night, they will dream of their own future superhero husbands, or else just wake up in a crumbly mess!

the wedding cake

Jappacakes

Another tradition that has evolved is that of preserving the top tier of the Wedding Cake to celebrate the Christening of the first child but who could leave behind a whole tier of these gorgeous cakes?

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

Art Cake Boutique

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

Cakes by Fiona Bird

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

Wedding Belles Cakes

the wedding cake

the wedding cake

The Magical Cake Company

the wedding cake

Jappacakes

the wedding cake

 

Do take a closer look at the Listed Cake Designers on www.theglasgowgirlsweddingguide.com for some fabulous Wedding Cake inspiration!


18th September 2017
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