A wedding cake, traditionally called the wedding cake, is the dessert served at most wedding receptions after dinner. In some parts of England, especially Canterbury and Worthing, the wedding cake traditionally is served as a dessert at the wedding breakfast; however, the word ‘dessert’ does not always refer to this particular dish. Rather, it connotes the tea or ale that is served during the course of the day, by the bride and groom to each other. Traditionally, the cake was brought out in the early morning, and then, after dinner, it was put back inside the church or reception hall until it was brought out again at the end of the evening.
At weddings in the United Kingdom, tradition demands that the bride would cut the wedding cakes herself. This custom dates back to the time when it was usual for women to cook and bake the food themselves. These early brides would use leftover pastry and cake that had been saved. However, today, many couples choose to buy their wedding cakes from a specialist bakery. These specialty bakeries often provide their customers with a wide range of options, including classic designs, elaborate designs, fruit and chocolate cakes, and even floral arrangements.
Although it is now commonplace to find wedding cakes made with fondant icing, some couples still prefer to make their own wedding cakes. In fact, it is not uncommon to see some brides who are skilled at baking the cakes and preparing the frosting themselves. For them, it is more personal and gives them the satisfaction of meeting and knowing the taste of the final product. If you are a skillful baker, it might even be possible for you to create wedding cakes that taste better than the frostings provided by the bakery. But, unless you have a lot of experience with pastry art, you should be careful not to create a disastrous cake for your guests.
There are many ways to bring good luck to your wedding day. One way is to create tiers in your reception hall. Typically, a tier of cake has about one to three teaspoons of the same frosting. You can add other flavors and colors at this tier, if you wish, to enhance the overall effect.
Another way to bring good luck to the happy couple is to decorate the top of each tier with marzipan flowers. The flowers symbolize the groom’s and bride’s good luck for many years to come. Sometimes, only the bride and groom’s names are decorated on the top of the cake. However, more contemporary weddings have both names and decorations on their wedding cakes.
You can buy wedding cakes that are already made or designed to suit your particular tastes. Some popular choices include plain, white, and chocolate cakes. However, if you want something a little more exotic or unique, you can design your own wedding cakes. Many bakeries will let you choose your flavors and fillings and make them personally to your specifications.