Yum, who doesn’t like wedding cake?! Well, a lot of people. I’m usually one of them! But what I dislike more than the taste of frozen, high caloric cake is the tradition of shoving it into your newlywed’s mouth. Even into the 19th century we have reports from Scotland of breaking an oatcake over the bride’s head. It was also reported that in Northern Scotland, friends of the bride would put a napkin over her head and then pour a basket of bread over her! In medieval times, throwing a cake at the bride was part of a fertility rite. I never got it, why would you want your beautiful dress, makeup and hair to get messed up?! You know who does like that tradition? MY husband! Here I am at our reception:
The best part is that at the time I didn’t really know that this was a thing, so you can imagine my shock when my new husband forcefully shoved that daisy cupcake in my face! I mean, look at that arm stretching out and the pleased look on his face when he realizes he’s hit the target! A year later an elderly friend of ours, Dixie, scolded him for it and I felt vindicated.
The most expensive wedding cake was made last year and valued at $52,000,000!!! It had 4,000 diamonds on it. In 2010 the Dallas Bridal Fair displayed a $1,300.000 cake that served 320 people, about $3,125 per slice! The guests also seem to really enjoy this tradition and love chowing down on a cake done right. A beautiful, moist, fresh and tasty cake! I got a lot of the following information from this site, Gastronomica, which by the way has a pretty awesome name.
In ancient Rome weddings were finalized by breaking a piece of wheat or barley cake over the couples head. This eventually lead to the current tradition of throwing rice, petals or blowing bubbles. Theres also a large amount of superstitions tied up with wedding cakes and the way its eaten, cut or made. In medieval England small spiced buns were stacked in a towering pile. If the bride and groom were able to kiss over this stack, it indicated a lifetime of prosperity. And rings and buttons were put in the cake, whoever got a piece with the ring would be next to marry and if they got a button they were headed for a lifetime of spinsterhood. In 1685, Brides Pye included food such as oysters, cocks comb, which is the fleshy serrated outgrowth on the head of a bird, and lamb testicles. Gross. I’ll take that frozen cake now. And then into more modern times where the whiter, taller and bigger cake indicated wealth and status.
There are a gazillion more facts about wedding cake in the above link, as well as some recipes for these ancient cakes. If you make one, let me know how it turns out! And finally, a classic pinterest fail: