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Wedding Cake Tradition Started

The Romans supposedly had wheat cakes that were broken over the brides head. This was done to bring fertility to the happy couple. I’d like to see a groom get away with that today. The guests would then pick up the crumbs for good luck.

A later tradition was guests all bringing pieces of cake to the wedding. They were then stacked up on top of each other using something such as applesauce to hold them together. The height of the cake depended on how popular the bride was.

In medieval times; guests brought sweet rolls and stacked them up between the bride and groom. If they were able to kiss over the pile of rolls it was considered good luck. However, the rolls were not always worth eating after being dropped on the floor and stepped on.

For a long time bride’s pie was served at weddings instead of cake. A glass ring was baked into the pie. Whoever found the ring would be the next to marry.

In England cake was often served as part of a wedding breakfast before the ceremony or even the next morning after the wedding.

A French baker finally got tired of pieces of cake sliding on the floor and starting using fillers, columns and icing to hold layers of cake together.

At one time, cakes with tiers were used only by royalty or the very wealthy. One of the first tiered cakes was inspired by St. Brides church on Fleet Street in London. A bakers apprentice, Thomas Rich, created the cake for his own bride.

In the 1800s fruit cakes became popular. These were brought to America and started the wedding cake tradition in the U.S. Part of their popularity was they would last a long time without going bad. This allowed the preparation to begin early.

Groom cakes were created so different flavors could be used instead of just the traditional white cake. It was often made of chocolate and tended to be less traditional than the brides cake.

The wedding topper, of a bride and groom in formalwear, became popular in the 1950s.

Today there are many variations on cake themes, flavors, decorations and toppers.

Budget for Wedding Cake

Now that you know how much a cake costs on average, it is important to discuss how vital a cake is to your wedding! Why are you getting the cake? This will help you understand how much you would be required to spend on the cake. Below, for example are two purposes the cakes can serve, and your options

For showcase cakes, it is important for them to have a good height. How high it would be, depends on the number of guests you would be having. There are a few options for showcase cakes. First, if you are not planning on feeding your wedding cake to your guests, then you could consider dummy cakes, which can be made according to your theme or rented if you can find one that is suitable. This would be the least costly option obviously.

If your cake is going to feed your guests, you would need a real cake! But it does not necessarily have to be the entire wedding cake. You could get a dummy and have the real cake served separately to your guests. This option might require less financial commitment depending on the bakery you choose. Also, you could do a real/dummy wedding cake. This would mean that some tiers on your cake are real and some are dummies. You would definitely save with this option.

Once you have decided the purpose of the cake. It would be easier to decide how much to allocate for your wedding cake.

If you are looking for rentals, find out the average price of wedding cakes that are being rented and use it as an estimate. However, do look through your options first to confirm if you can even find a cake that suits your wedding theme.

If you are looking for full sugar cakes to be made, and you are unsure of the size you would require, you could equate 50 guests to 1 tier as a simple estimate. Therefore, 150 guests would require 3 tiers. However, anything above 5 tiers might be an “overkill”.

Generally, for cakes that are going to be served to your guests as dessert, you could take the price of a wedding cake with the design that you liked previously, (from your research) and divide it with the number of guests at that wedding. Now you would need to multiply this average with the number of guests you are feeding. Here’s a formula.

Your wedding cake budget est. =

Price of selected wedding cake / Number of guests it fed

X

Number of guests you would be feeding

So that’s it folks! We sincerely hope that this article has proven to be of some help for anyone who is having trouble with budgeting for your wedding cakes. Please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail us with your doubts and we will gladly help!

About Cakes for Beach Weddings

Colors

Wedding cakes for beach weddings are no longer staying with the traditional white cake and icing but are being replaced by colors associated with the beach. This could be blue and green to reflect the colors of the sea, brown for the san, or even bright yellow, fuchsia, and orange. Some have even chosen a nautical theme and used navy blue, red, and white

Toppers

Since it is a beach wedding, it may be hard or even impossible to find bride and groom toppers that fit the theme. This is why brides are choosing dolphins, sandcastles, palm trees, underwater creatures like seahorses and starfish, or hula dancer figurines as cake toppers.

The Flavors

A beach wedding cake not only has to look good on the outside but also taste great to the guests. You could still have the traditional white cake or chocolate cake but you could opt for a fruit flavor like pineapple, coconut, lemon, or orange. Do not to outrageous with the flavors because the guests may not eat the cake.

Themes

Tropical flowers-these can transform a boring wedding cake into a fun wedding cake. You can use fresh flowers or have edible flowers made from icing. You can have your wedding cake decorated as a bouquet of flowers or have flowers trailing down the cake. You can make flowers out of butter cream or fondants.
Seashells-you can make seashells from icing, molded chocolate, or marzipans. Team up your seashells with other underwater sea life like corals, fishes, and more.
Sandcastles-a unique idea is to have your wedding cake shaped like a sandcastle.