|Taking the Cake|
A gorgeous, delicious cake is an essential part in most weddings, bringing together your theme, surroundings, likes and dislikes with the tradition of cutting the cake together, signalling the beginning of your domestic lives together. The tradition stems back to medieval times, when of course the cakes would be unlikely to be the delicious confections of today.
It is good luck for all the guests present to eat a piece of your cake, symbolising their part in your future lives. As the wedding was often traditionally followed fairly quickly (!) by a christening, the custom of saving a tier to consume on the christening of your first child probably evolved during Victorian times, when the fashion for elaborately designed, multi tiered cakes began to emerge.
Although you will need to book your cake maker a good time in advance, it makes sense to wait until you have finalised your venue, dress and colour scheme so that the design of your cake can co-ordinate with your day.
The fruitcake is a sturdy, traditional option, and lends itself well to decoration, cutting and taking away, but modern brides often look at different options. If you choose to utilise your cake as the dessert option, something lighter and more modern may be an option, such as raspberry and white chocolate, or the American favourite, Red Velvet. Talk to your cake maker about what you are aiming to achieve; they may suggest a fruit cake top tier to be cut and given away as favours, with a favourite flavour for the lower tiers, or perhaps different flavours throughout to please everyone’s tastes.
Design is important and should be well thought out. The rise of popular artisan cake makers on the television has led to a resurgence in cake making and design, and you can have a cake created to be as individual or classic as you would prefer. Take your cake maker a sample of colours / fabrics and even flowers, so they can get a true idea of which shades to aim for, and discuss the overall theme. You may prefer a classic, all white lace effect creation, sugar crafted flowers or something a little more unusual.
Another emerging trend has been cup cakes or mini cakes. Arranged artfully on a tiered stand, these can look pretty and dramatic, and make either simple individual desserts for the wedding breakfast, or can be distributed as thoughtful wedding favours.
Don’t forget to think about the final presentation. Where will the cake be situated in the venue? Does your cake maker provide any decorations for the table, or is this provided by the venue? You may choose to present the cake simply, on a crisp, white table cloth. Alternatively you can dress the table to match your table designs, or have a larger table for the cake to be arranged nearby to the bridal bouquet, which would look particularly attractive if you are having fresh or artfully realistic sugar flowers to decorate your cake.
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