Wise people say that wedding is a holy union of two souls which are destined to be with each other forever. In most parts of the world, particularly in England wedding cakes are part of the tradition. Wedding cakes are cut by the bride and groom and served to the guests at the wedding reception after the wedding.
The first ever wedding cake was made in france by a pastry chef. The legend of this cake says that the chef, while visiting medieval England, witnessed their tradition of piling sweet rolls between the bride and groom and which they would attempt to kiss over without knocking the sweets down. The pastry chef then went back to France and piled sweet rolls up into a tower to make the first wedding cake.
At present, wedding cakes used in most weddings are large multilayered cakes with heavy icing on them. Icing is usually done over a layer of confectionaries like marzipan or fondant. It takes a great amount of skill to create a dense and strong cake which holds the decorations properly and remains edible at the same time. It is truly an artist’s work.
Placing small models, usually of bride and groom in formal wedding attire on top of the wedding cake is also a regular tradition in practice. These models are called wedding cake toppers. Wedding cake toppers represent a concept of togetherness.
Normally wedding cakes are made of rich fruit cake. They can be even made from vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge or carrot cake too. Usually these cakes are about three to five tiers in height. Wedding cakes usually consist of a bottom tier made from vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge will form the middle tier and a fruit cake forms the top tier. These cakes will be cut into smaller pieces and will be distributed to the guests accordingly.
Another trend in weddings all over is wedding cupcakes. To imitate the tiers of a wedding cake, the cupcakes are placed on a stand and decorated in the wedding colors.