This is a guest article by, Vicky, who loves to write about cakes. She has a special interest in bespoke cakes and cupcake decorating. She loves to write tutorials on anything from cake decorating to choosing a wedding cake.
Ah the humble wedding cake! Actually these days wedding cakes do not tend to be so humble. I mean who doesn’t love a lavish tiered cake, coated in white icing and adorned with sugar flowers and all sorts of tasty decorations.
The wedding cakes that we enjoy in this day and age are a far cry from the bread-based cakes of long ago, which were crumbled over the bride’s head as a symbol of fertility. Those ancient bread cakes evolved into sweet pastries by the middle ages. Each guest would bring a wedding pastry, all of which were piled on top of each other, to make a tower. If the bride and groom could kiss over the top of the tower then it was said that their marriage would be long and sweet! This rickety cake stacking really needed to be a little more organised and hence a tiering system was born! The pastries eventually gave way to a strong fruit cake which would last much longer.
Queen Victoria is famed for popularising weddings and making them what we know today. Her wedding cakes captured the attention of the masses and thus the modern wedding cake was born.