Wedding Cakes: Customs Around The World

Wedding cakes acknowledge the festivities of the alliance of two people. They choose to spend their life together and be there for each other in sickness and health. Therefore, the practice of cutting the cake during the wedding reception has a deep meaning. 

Traditionally, wedding cakes were learned to bring the couple and guests good luck. Nowadays, wedding cake designs have matured a lot, and they have evolved into more of a centerpiece for the wedding.

However, many traditions have been created over the centuries surrounding the cake that still harbors great prominence for weddings. 

Read further to know some great and popular wedding cake traditions worldwide. Unfortunately, some of these wedding cake traditions have disappeared over the years, while others are still in trend.

Wedding Cakes Customs

White Wedding Cakes

In the ancient days, individuals thought the white wedding cakes symbolized virginity. But the actuality is that the icing is created from sugar, which is white. As time passed, the white icing evolved into a status symbol. The cake’s icing got its title ‘royal icing’ from Queen Victoria & Prince Albert’s wedding cake in 1804, adorned in white.

Many Tiers In Wedding Cake

Conventionally, wedding cakes had up to seven tiers. In medieval periods, spiced buns were piled in a giant stack. It was acknowledged if the newlyweds could kiss over the tower of pastries, they’d be in for a lifetime of prosperity. However, as wedding desserts went from buns to cake, the various tiers failed their importance.

Snoozing With A Piece Of Cake

It was considered that a girl sleeping with a piece of wedding cake under her pillow would dream of her prospective partner that night. The custom dates back nearly 300 years.

Baking Treats Into Wedding Cakes

Earlier, there was the tradition of baking charms into wedding cakes, which is not observed anymore. Each charm had a precise meaning. Like, heart signified true love, a ring signified upcoming engagement, and horseshoe meant good luck. Similarly, purse indicated good fortune, and wedding bells intended marriage.

Keeping The Top Layer Of The Cake

In old times, couples froze the topmost layer of their wedding cake and held it for their first child’s christening. It was achievable in the olden times, as married couples had kids much earlier than today’s couples.

Cutting The Cake Jointly

Cake cutting is a significant event for a wedding. Slicing the cake jointly is considered the first assignment that newlyweds do together. Hence, it is of great importance. In older times, the bride cut the cake alone during weddings to suggest losing her virginity. But as the cakes got more well-known, it became tough for the bride to do it alone, so she’d take the assistance of her newlywed husband.

Smashing the Wedding Cake

In ancient Rome, the groom would smash the wedding cake on the bride’s head. The custom was done to symbolize male dominance and encourage fertility. Then, the visitors would rush in to spoon up the crumbs of the smashed cake for their good and fertility.

Bride & Groom Feeding Each Other

During the cake cutting ritual, the bride and groom feed each other a little bite of cake, which represents an act of commitment to support & showering love and affection, and being there for each other.

Serving The Groom’s Cake

The wedding cakes were created in pairs- the bride’s cake and the groom’s cake, a small fruitcake by the 17th century. But the broom’s cake was not made at the reception. Instead, it was cut up, packaged, and given to guests as a wedding favor. After some time, this tradition died out in the U.K., but it came back to the U.S. more lately. The groom’s cakes are more creative now, but they are not fruitcakes anymore.