A wedding cake is the culinary showpiece of a wedding celebration. Not everyone has a sweet tooth, and not everyone likes cake so it’s unsurprising that alternatives such as a wedding cake made of cheese, a pancake wedding cake tower and even a savoury pie wedding cake have graced the cake stands at weddings.
Large and Lavish
Wedding cakes are undoubtedly one of the most important parts of planning a wedding, but would you pay $30 million for a wedding cake? A wealthy american socialite commissioned a cake that was encrusted in jewels such as sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. America isn’t just famed for the most expensive, a casino in Connecticut ordered a 17ft wedding cake, one of the largest ever recorded wedding cakes.
Keeping to Tradition
According to folklore the wedding cake is a symbol of prosperity and good luck, it is made from the best ingredients available so that the marriage will be long lasting and happy. A traditional wedding cake was 3 tiers high. The bottom tier was eaten at the wedding breakfast, the middle tier in the evening and the top tier was saved for the couple’s first child’s christening.
Creation and Collaboration
Creating a wedding cake is a labour of love. The cake itself will likely be the bride and groom’s favourite flavours. The number of tiers and size of the cake is likely to depend on the number of guests. Colour, decoration and style are all important and Anna Baker has a wealth of knowledge and experience and can help with those tricky decisions! The theme of the wedding can be reflected in the cake design. Flowers from the bridal bouquet or church arrangements can be incorporated, as can colours or materials to match the styling of the wedding.
A particular trend at present is the naked buttercream style design. Sponge cake is stacked with buttercream between the layers and a thin coating of buttercream around the cake. The wedding cake is then adorned with fresh flowers or fruit. This style of cake is proving more popular than the traditional royal icing wedding cakes many are used to seeing. Our very own Prince Harry and Meghan Markle broke the tradition of a conventional wedding cake, picking a fresh lemon elder-flower cake covered in buttercream, decorated with fresh flowers, over the expected fruit cake with royal icing.