Your wedding cake is more than a delectable symbol of good luck and fortune. The cake will be a focal point at your reception, central to your theme and a main event. When you think of wedding cakes, you might imagine three tiers topped with a tiny sculpture of a bride and groom. There is more than just decorative layers on the cake plate to design and more cakes and desserts to plan. We have a few tips to help you plan your wedding cake.
Traditional Wedding Cake
Wedding cake dates back to Roman times, when sprinkling crumbs over the bride's head was good luck. The wedding cake remains a symbol of good luck, but should never go on the bride's head. The cake is an important part of design and the theme. Traditional wedding cake with the white and light design is absolutely timeless; however, modern cakes come in different sizes, shapes and creative three dimensional sculptures. You can keep it simple with a classic design or use the creative canvas for different designs and colors to match your theme. Cake flavors and fillings are another opportunity for creativity. You will also need to think about the size and the shape of your masterpiece. A professional baker can help you design your layers and tiers from the inside out.
Cutting the Cake
The cake cutting ceremony is an important part of the wedding reception. This important event occurs on a timeline at a special moment during the reception. Somewhere between the fine dining experience and other events, the couple poses for magical wedding photography and participates in a special ritual that involves cutting the first piece of cake together. The bride and groom grip a decorative knife and cut the very first piece of cake from the bottom tier to feed each other. The ritual is captured on camera to remember forever. Traditionally, the bride and groom save the top tier of the cake in a freezer to enjoy on the first wedding anniversary.
The Groom’s Cake
The groom’s cake can be a little mystery. Do we need a groom’s cake? What purpose does it serve? How did it ever become part of wedding traditions? The groom’s cake is believed to have originated in Victorian England and became popular in the American south. This special cake is usually a small and rich accent to the wedding cake that is displayed on a separate table. In history, this delicious gift was everything from fruitcake to cheesecake. As traditions evolved, the groom’s cake became a masculine chocolate cake that is decorated to match the interests of the groom. It is not always chocolate and does not always make a table at the reception. It is common to serve the groom’s cake during the rehearsal dinner.
Dessert Wedding Cake
There is more wedding cake to consider on your wedding day. You can never go wrong with extra sweets at your special celebration. You might consider chocolate truffles, strawberries, petite fours or specialty cupcakes in a variety of flavors. A candy bar or a dessert table can be a sweet addition to your reception.
The Planning Process
Designing a wedding cake requires a master baker and cake artist. Finding the talent you want requires that you book early in the planning process. You should start searching for your wedding cake designer about eight months prior to your wedding day. Designing a wedding cake is a labor-intensive project that limits the number of wedding cakes a single designer can create. The best designers fill their calendar quickly. It is important to explore samples of work and find the artist that can bring your vision to life. Your cake designer should help you visualize the design with sketches and picture boards. There is more than the design to consider. It is important to attend a tasting to experience the texture, flavor and fillings. When you find the cake you want, do not hesitate to book the artist that can create it.
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