Did you know……the wedding cake is a tradition that dates back to the Roman Empire?   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.

During the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, the “bride’s pie” was served at most weddings. Guests were expected to have a piece out of politeness, it was considered very rude and bad luck not to eat the bride’s pie. One of the traditions of bride’s pie was to place a glass ring in the middle of the dessert and the maiden who found it would be the next to marry, similar to todays tradition of catching the bouquet.

Over the centuries the wedding cake has evolved into a multi-tiered extravaganza which is often centered on the dance floor as a focal point at the reception.  The multi-tiered wedding cake was originally reserved for English royalty.  Today’s wedding cakes are often covered with rolled fondant.  However, it has only become popular over the last decade with exposure from cake challenges on the television networks. The smoothness of rolled fondant has opened the doors to much creativity and artistry. Today wedding cakes are both traditional and contemporary and are often seen not only in the traditional white and ivory, but also contemporary in style. Wedding cake are now displayed in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes, with an eclectic array of embellishments such as edible bows, flowers, drapes, polka dots, stripes and swirls.  What’s your wedding cake style?