A wedding is a once in a lifetime event for most couples.
So no stone is left unturned to make it a memorable
affair. The main celebration or the climax of the wedding
is the reception and so the focus of attention will
naturally be an elaborate wedding cake. Once the wedding
concludes, traditionally the wedding cake is served
to all the guests. For such a special occasion, the
table, the container and even the knife should be beautifully
This tradition of serving cakes goes back a long time
and symbolizes the feeling of sweetness and love that
is cherished through marriage. According to tradition,
the bride and groom must share the first piece of the
cake, after which the guests can help themselves to
it. In some traditions, a portion of the cake is preserved
right through till the first wedding anniversary. Other
traditions require the bride to serve the cake to the
Arranging for the cake
The wedding cake should complement the wedding by reflecting
the elegance and flair of the couple. The taste of the
couple is reflected in the design, shape and decoration
of the cake. Traditionally, the cake is large and should
be multi-layered or tiered. The cake can be designed
to reflect different aspects of the wedding like the
bridal gown, the place of reception or even the decorations.
When planning a wedding, the wedding cake should be
given high priority. Propose a budget before beginning
with the cake selection. Once the budget is fixed, opt
for a highly reputed baker or chef. Choosing a baker
can be a daunting task. Once the baker is selected,
ask a lot of questions and give the exact requirements.
Get everything in writing including the price, the date
of delivery and the time of delivery. Reserve a cake
by ordering for it well in advance. Ideas can be found
in recipe books and on the Internet. When purchasing
a cake always decide on the size and style of the cake.
If the wedding is a garden or a beach wedding, inform
the confectioner. The confectioner will alter the cake
in the required manner.
The icing on the cake
Traditional wedding cakes are three-tiered and are
frosted with royal icing. The frosting is usually white,
which symbolizes chastity and purity. Heavy sugar frosting
can delay spoilage of the cake in a humid environment.
Wedding cakes come in various shapes and sizes. Heart
shaped cakes are increasing in popularity. Similarly,
sheet cakes are also a popular choice for smaller weddings.
Most wedding cakes are elaborately decorated with icing
over a coating of marzipan, with the figures of the
bride and the groom right on top. Other common designs
are horseshoes, gold rings and doves.
Some of the popular flavors are cheesecakes, chocolate
mousse filled cakes and fruitcakes. Fillings can consist
of chocolate, custard, vanilla and almond. Cakes can
be made in various flavors and colors. A single flavor
and color can also be used. Most couples opt for multiple
flavoring for each layer. Accessorizing wedding cakes
is also an elegant way of decorating them. The most
common accessories used are candy pearls. Wedding cakes
can also be personalized with frosted icing and piped