The wedding cake is perhaps the most recognized symbol of wedding receptions and the cutting of it by the bride and groom is one of the most beloved traditions. The wedding cake tradition started in ancient cultures as a fertility rite for the newlyweds. The Romans broke grain cakes over a bride’s head to bless her future with successful childbearing. Today, the bride and groom simply cut the first slice together, with his hand placed over hers on the cake knife.
The bride always samples the cake first before lovingly giving her groom a taste, a leftover gesture of the fertility rite. Saving the top layer of the wedding cake for the couple to eat on their first wedding anniversary is a more recent custom, at least since efficient refrigeration has been made available!
- Wedding cakes come in a multitude of flavours, shapes and sizes. From amaretto and mint to chocolate and traditional white.
- Icing flowers, fresh flowers, fountains, hand blown glass and other decorative tops can all be used to decorate the cake.
- The size of the cake is best decided after the number of guests is finalized.
- Delivery and set-up is usually included in the price. It is advised to pay extra, if necessary, to have the baker setup the cake. Do not set up your own cake.
- Some bakers provide knives to cut the cake, but many couples provide their own.
Traditionally, the groom’s cake is a small, single layer dark fruitcake with white icing, but it can also be baked in your fiancé’s favourite flavour, or in the shape symbolic of his special interest or hobby. At the reception, it is served along with the bride’s cake or packed in decorative boxes for guests to take home as favours. Legend says that single guests who put a sliver of groom’s cake under their pillows on the wedding night will dream of their future spouses.