This weekend I was at a wedding in Victoria (at the lovely UVic Faculty Club). While kicking back by the duck pond after dinner, I got to thinking about wedding cakes.
At this wedding, one of the bride’s friends made a number of separate, tasty cakes. However, it’s my understanding that for much of modern history, wedding cakes have been dull, tasteless affairs. My understanding may be wrong, however, as I searched several articles for an explanation. I didn’t really find one, but I did learn some fascinating facts about wedding cakes. From this article:
Originally, the wedding “cake” was not eaten by the bride, but thrown at her. The wedding cake concept evolved early on in Europe from grains of wheat â€“ long a symbol of fertility and prosperity â€“ that were showered on the happy couple. Single women, so we are told, scrambled for the grains to ensure their own betrothals.
I also didn’t know that traditionally the top layer of a cake is saved and eaten on the couple’s first anniversary.