Wedding Cake Traditions

WHEN A WEDDING CAKE WAS MORE THAN JUST A CAKE Written by Sadie Smith – www.cakebysadiesmith.co.uk wisebride.co.uk/wedding-directory/89/cake-by-sadie-smith A wedding cake plays such an important part of a couple’s wedding day and in modern times is often the centre piece of a venue but this wasn’t always the case, A wedding cake in years gone by had a meaning, a tradition or superstition.   Back in the 17th century it was traditional to have two wedding cakes one each for both the Bride and Groom, the cakes were stacked on top of each other similar to a modern day two tiered cake, the Bride’s cake was larger and white to symbolise her virginity whilst the groom’s cake was smaller and darker in colour, eventually this cake transformed into the more modern day tiered wedding cake and the idea of a groom’s cake died out.   It was quite common for a wedding cake not to be eaten but to be thrown at the Bride, It was thought this was done to wish good fertility to her.  Fertility features very heavily in many Wedding Cake traditions and has evolved today into cutting the first slice of cake together and feeding each other a piece, this is a symbol of the support the couple will give each other during their marriage. Wedding cakes were often used as a status symbol, the more tiers and the higher the cake reflected your social standing within your community, Queen Victoria had a very elaborate wedding cake using a white icing which then became known as Royal Icing, the popularity of Royal Iced cakes has lessened...

Cake by Sadie Smith

Dorset Cake Business http://wisebride.co.uk/wedding-directory/89/cake-by-sadie-smith http://www.cakebysadiesmith.co.uk Cake by Sadie Smith is a Dorset based cake company specializing in Bespoke Wedding Cakes, Celebration Cakes, Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes covering Wimborne, Poole, Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Baking is Sadie’s passion and she says; ‘I love the reactions of people when they collect their cakes, and I strive to not only make them look fantastic but they have to taste amazing too. I limit the number of cakes I work on in a week so that I can guarantee each and every customer that their cake is made with care and love.’  ...

Fancie Buns!

Ever wondered what goes on in the mind of a wedding cake maker? We asked Emma Woods of Fancie Buns Cakery to let us know! Where do you get inspiration for your designs? I get inspiration from absolutely everywhere! Fabrics, graphics, flowers, crockery, invitations, fashion, wedding dresses, jewellery, accessories, colours – the list is endless! Are you seeing trends in wedding cakes for this year? Vintage is still a big trend for 2014. Lots of roses, peonies and various lace designs are booked for this year. Rustic butter cream or ganache cakes are also becoming a popular alternative to a traditionally iced cake, decorated with real flowers. They fit perfectly with a rustic themed wedding.  They are also budget friendly! Finally the use of metallic effects is really taking off, from a full gold or silver leaf tier, to a subtle lustre sheen applied to all tiers.  Metallics can give a modern decadent look to a cake. What do you like best about your job? It has to be seeing the finished cake all set up at the venue, alongside all of the flowers, decorations & details discussed at the couples initial consultation and their vision of their perfect day all in place knowing you played a small part in it. What’s the most challenging cake you’ve ever had to make? My most recent challenge was a sandcastle wedding cake.  My clients wanted it to look just like a sandcastle!  I spent a lot of time researching the best medium to use to make edible ‘sand’ that looked realistic but would also taste scrummy!  Then there was the challenge...