A wedding cake is perhaps the most significant cake at wedding parties after food. It is eaten by all guests; it is one of the main centerpieces at the wedding reception. In some parts of England the wedding cake is usually served in a wedding breakfast; however, the wedding breakfast does not always mean that the meal shall be held in the morning, rather it could be held any time after the ceremony on that very same day. Most wedding cakes are made from fresh fruit or other dessert and decorated with white icing. One can also have a fruit cake if one wishes to.
Imported from France and America
The most common ingredients used in the making of wedding cakes are plain or flavored sugar. In the Middle Ages, sugar was imported from France and America and the British sugar crafters were known to produce some of the finest and cheapest sugar used in the world. Bakers in London developed methods to process sugar and make it into a liquid form. This new ready-made cake became hugely popular and the British were the first people to taste this new product.
The wedding cakes had different names across England until the early Victorian times when they finally settled on 'doze and wines' due to the high cost of flour and the time it took to ferment alcohol for making alcohol-based products. After several years the spelling was changed to 'doze and wines' and eventually to 'bakes and pastries'. The English began to develop their own traditions as to how to decorate the pastries and the ingredients. These recipes gave way to the modern traditions of buttercream icing and tiered cakes.
Tiered wedding cakes became popular in some parts of England, and so to have them made was compulsory. All the servants in a household were required to bring a loaf of bread each day and use it to cover the top of the newly baked dimples. This was because the bottom of the cake was meant to be unsalted but the top was made to be baked in an oven so that it would stay hot. This practice gradually replaced the wooden spoons used to puncture the food with their sharp claws to make it easier to spread the icing. This is why the cake tops are sometimes referred to as 'butterflies' because of their tiny size.
It was not until the 18th century that a bride got to choose her own knife to cut the wedding cakes. This meant that she had to buy one that had special handle and could not easily be broken in conflict with her dress. This tradition gradually became part of many European brides' traditions and eventually spread all over Europe. It has now become a common wedding practice to use an engraved knife.
Designs for Wedding Cakes
The most popular designs for wedding cakes are the ones with a simple design of a round or square cake combined with a highly decorative and colored icing. The icing itself comes in many varieties such as fondant, gelatin, cream cheese icing, and chocolate icing. These flavors add to the decorations and can even be mixed to give the final product a distinctive taste.
There are also wedding cakes that are filled with candies such as wedding cakes often filled with candies such as M&Ms or other sugary confections. This is a practice that has become quite popular in recent years. In these kinds of cakes the guests are expected to give small gifts to the bride and groom along with their 'tears of joy'. Bakers are even known to place bows made from their pastry at strategic points around the table as a show of appreciation from guests. Such elaborate arrangements are usually organized by the florist.
Finally, we see today's wedding cakes in all their glory. They are magnificent works of art which are designed intricately by expert bakers. They are full of colors and are covered with highly decorative toppings. The decorations range from bows, ribbons, flowers to confectioneries. One can buy such wedding cakes online or in special stores run by the wedding dress designers. These are truly marvelous creations that make for lasting memories.