Our brides’ cakes revealed!
As a photographer and not a cake maker, I know two things about wedding cakes: 1. I like eating them, and 2. They are complicated to make.
So I thought I’d scrub up on some facts about this delicious tradition, and share them with you…piece by piece.
Wedding cake facts – did you know?
Fact #1: One of the first cake traditions began in Ancient Rome where bread was smashed over the bride’s head to bring good fortune to the couple.
Fact #2: In Medieval England, guests stacked cakes as high as possible and if the bride and groom managed to successfully kiss over the stack prosperity was theirs. (If not, I’m guessing the cleanup was messy.)
Fact #3: In times past, to symbolise acceptance of the wedding proposal the bride would place her ring inside the groom’s portion of the cake.
Fact #4: The first modern wedding cake, made in 1882, had pillars made from broomsticks covered in icing. (No kidding. What’s worse is the cake belonged to a Duke who, I’m sure, could afford to splash out on something a little fancier.)
Just to clarify, I don’t claim to be a historian so I did borrow this information from our friends at wikipedia. Thank you and bon appétit