The 7 Stage Story Of The Wedding Cake

Even back as far as medieval times wedding cakes played an integral part in a wedding ceremony, but they haven’t always been the way we are used to seeing them today. Take a look at the 7 ways the crude loaf has evolved into the magnificent wedding cake that we see at weddings today.

1.  Medieval Times

Wedding cakes during medieval times were actually a form of unsweetened bread made from wheat and water. This bread was then thrown at the bride during the ceremony to encourage fertility.

2.  Roman Times

During Roman times, wedding cakes took on a new custom. The wedding cake now became a loaf of barley bread. Part of the loaf was eaten by the groom. He then broke what was left of the bread over his bride’s head.

This was to show his dominance over her and also to show the end of her virginal state.

3.  17th Century

By the 17th century the barley loaf was replaced by the ‘Brides Pie’. This was a pie filled with sweet-breads, a mince pie or mutton. Each pie contained a glass ring and they believed the lady who found the ring in her piece of pie would be the next to marry.

4. 19th  Century

By the 19th century, sweet cakes replaced the pies and this really was the start of an actual  wedding cake. They were normally flat one tier plum cakes. It was thought that if the bridesmaid slept with a piece of this cake under her pillow, she would dream of her future husband.

5. Victorian Times

This is when the wedding cake as we know it really started to become popular. And the first white wedding cakes appeared around this time. The cakes were covered in white icing, the white colour being a symbol of purity.

They were known as the bride’s cake and showed that the bride was the central figure at the wedding.

6.  The Modern Wedding Cake

Today’s couples have an endless choice when it comes to wedding cakes. Cakes these days are usually multi-tiered with pillars holding the top layers. Cakes can be sponge, fruit, chocolate or any other combination and can be colour- coordinated to match the theme of the wedding.

7. Cutting The Cake

The wedding cake is one of the most important parts of a wedding reception and is always given pride of place. It is second only to the bride’s dress and everybody remembers the cake long after the wedding is over.

As the bride and groom cut the first slice of the cake together, they are saying that they promise to always help each other. And as they feed one another from the first slice, they are saying they will provide for one another as they go through life together.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the history of the wedding cake.

So till next time,
Take care,


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