Wedding Planning Guide Wedding Directory Community MyWeddingsday
  Home » Wedding Planning Guide » Wedding Cakes » Wedding Cake History
 
Weddingsday Twitter Feed

WEDDING CAKE HISTORY


Wedding Cake History - From Wedding Loaves to Traditional Tiered White Wedding Cakes

Welcome to Weddingsday
Contents
Wedding Planning Guide
Wedding Cakes
Wedding Cake History
Traditions & Customs
Wedding Cake Design
Tastes & Flavours
Cake Decorations
Getting it Made
Wedding Cake Transport
Cutting the Cake
Serving the Cake
The Engagement
Planning Your Wedding
Themes & Colours
Wedding Ceremonies
The Wedding Reception
Music & Entertainment
Wedding Flowers
The Wedding Dress
Beauty, Hair & Health
Wedding / Bridal Party
Wedding Speeches
Wedding Outfits
Wedding Photography
Wedding Videography
Wedding Transport
Wedding Stationery
Wedding Rings
Wedding Gifts & Guests
Stags and Hens
The Honeymoon
Honeymoon Destinations

Share Weddingsday


One of the centrepieces of any wedding is the wedding cake, but they haven't always looked and tasted as they do today. This article takes a closer look at wedding cake history, from Ancient Rome through to modern times.

 

 

QUICK LINKS :  Wedding Directory Wedding Cake Directory   Wedding Ideas Wedding Cake Ideas & Advice   Wedding Forum Wedding Cake Forum

 

 

Wedding Cake History

Wedding cakes have been a traditional sight at weddings, both here in the UK and abroad, for around two thousand years, although not always in the iced, sliced and tiered format which we know and love them. In fact, it is only in the last few hundred years that traditional wedding cakes have risen to prominence - prior to that things were somewhat different...

 

 

The Original 'Cake'

With origins tracing back to Ancient Rome, the original wedding ‘cake’ was actually a wheat or barley bread loaf, baked especially for the wedding ceremony.

 

Unlike with the modern cake, the loaf was not cut and shared out among the guests, but instead was it broken over the Bride's head to bless her with a fertile, plentiful and happy life. Once broken, guests at the marriage would then all scramble for the loaf's crumbs which were viewed superstitiously as good luck tokens.

 

 

From Loaves to Buns...

In medieval times, and following on nicely from the 'wedding loaf', the 'bun cake' rose to prominence. Rather than a cake provided by the Bride & Groom, the 'bun cake' required each of the wedding guests to bring along a sweetened bun as a token gift for the happy couple.

 

The buns would then be piled up as high as possible and it was the duty of the Bride and Groom to kiss each other over the top of the pile. Success meant a happy and fertile future for the newlyweds, failure meant a face full of sticky buns!

 

 

As Time Went By...

In later years the 'brides pie' replaced the 'bun cake' in popularity and offered up both a tasty treat for the guests and somewhat of a treasure hunt.

 

Normally served only to the single ladies at the wedding, hidden somewhere within the 'bride's pie' would be a lucky symbol or token, often a ring.

 

As with the tossing of the bouquet, superstition dictated that the lucky guest to find the token would be next to be married (assuming they hadn't choked to death of course!)

 

 

Traditional White Iced Tiered Wedding Cakes

The 'bride's pie' continued to be prominent at weddings until early Victorian times, upon which time it was superceded by the traditional white iced tiered wedding cake that we know and love today.

 

Starting out as a simple, single tiered plum cake, the styles became more elaborate and the taste combinations more varied over the years culminating in some of the jaw-dropping wedding cakes that you'll see today.

From humble beginnings, the wedding cake really has come a long way.

. 

. 

 

Recommended Reading: For those of you wanting to find out more, we've a whole host of other wedding cake articles on our site packed full of expert information and helpful advice, not to mention our online wedding directory that's filled with cake makers, cake topper designers and more. For friendly tips and helpful advice take a look at our wedding cakes & catering forum, or why not check out the 'pages & websites you may like' below.

 

Wedding Website

. 

Weddingsday Wedding Cake Articles | Wedding Cake Forum | Wedding Cake Directory

Wedding WebsiteWaitrose Wedding Cakes - Traditional & chocolate wedding cakes from Waitrose

WeddingsdayYour website here? - Find out more / Add your link

 

HIRE ONLY Wedding Cake Stands- Large 18" 16" 14" Silver Square Metal Hire a Wedding Cart / Cake Cart / Sweet Cart in Essex & Surrounding areas
£265.00 £132.00 £140.00
eBay eBay eBay

 

 

 
Adverts


Copyright © 2005-2018 Weddingsday Limited - Wedding Cake HistorySite Managed & Updated by AES Digital Solutions Limited