The tradition of wedding cake goes back to ancient Roman times when unsweetened barley bread was broken over the couples head to bring good fortune to the newlyweds. In Medieval England buns were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over; successfully kissing over the tower without knocking it over, guaranteed a prosperous life together. Unmarried guest took home a little piece to tuck under their pillow in hopes of dreaming of their future spouse. From the mid 17nth to early 19nth century, a bride’s pie was fashionable, although not very sweet. The pie would contain a ring. The maiden who found the ring in her pie was believed to be the next to marry. The fashion then became for the stack of buns, or pastries, to be iced. Because white sugar was expensive, cakes iced white became a symbol of wealth and social status. Tiers represented prosperity because only wealthy families could afford them. Through-out history wedding cakes have been symbolic of luck, prosperity and a long happy marriage.
Now that you know a little history behind what we know today as a wedding cake, here are a few trends for 2012 & 2013:
- Cakes inspired by bridal gowns
- Ombre cakes (subtle change in color from tier to tier
- Shapely cakes, like square, hexagon, octagon
- Themed cakes: Inspired by your wedding theme–like the peacocks showed above
- Colored cakes: Instead of your basic white or ivory, choose a fun color for the actual cake–just not black because it will stain
- Ultra feminine: Lace, bows, ornate detailing
- White on white: White cakes with white detailing in either fondant or pipped buttercream–very chic
- Instead of a pricey cake, brides are doing cupcakes still, but we’ve also seen pies, cheesecakes, cake balls, and cake pops too!