Have your cake and eat it
Wedding cake has developed into something much sweeter in taste and meaning than it’s superstitious origins. Originally the Roman custom of breaking bread over the bride’s head was a bizarre act to ensure fertility and also show the power the man had over the woman. Times have moved on.
In Victorian times when baking developed from breads to cakes the fruit cake became a show of wealth and prosperity, the higher the cake the better to show an important social standing. When Queen Victoria used white icing on her cake it was then called ‘Royal Icing’.
It was once considered bad luck and rude not to eat the ‘brides cake’ often a glass ring was hidden in the cake for a bridesmaid or guest to find, they would be the next maiden to wed. Ribbons were often used to tie a ring on to the cake and each bridesmaid would pull a ribbon hoping to grab the ring and insure her future prospects. That custom has since been replaced by the tossing of the bouquet.
Now it’s not uncommon to see carrot cake, chocolate cake, lemon cake, cakes of all shapes and sizes. Here are a few photographs of some from my recent weddings, all look too good to eat hence the reason I like to take some detailed photos so you can ‘have your cake and eat it’.
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