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Wedding Cake Basics
When it comes to weddings, the first thought usually is of the bride - how happy and stunning she'll look in her magnificent wedding dress, how she'll be walking down the aisle at the ceremony, and how fun she'll be at her wedding reception party, especially as she feeds that delicious wedding cake to her new husband!
Thoughts of the bride are quickly followed by the wedding day party and all the food including the wedding cake!
A wedding is one of the sweetest moments in one's life, and to complement the great occasion, it is only natural to serve sweets. Cakes, like sweets, are an integral part of a Western wedding.
Once the wedding ceremony is over, the traditional wedding cake is served to the guests. For this, even the knife, the container, and the table are decorated beautifully.
The wedding cake should go well with the wedding. The taste and style of the couple is clearly reflected in the design, shape, and decoration of the wedding cake. There are some prerequisites to choosing the most suitable wedding cake.
The proposed budget is the prime factor. After deciding the budget, a good baker, caterer, or expert chef should be selected. The correct selection of the wedding cake remains a stiff challenge due to the wide range of options available regarding flavors, colors and decorations for the cake.
Usually, the wedding cake is massive in size, and multi-layered or tiered. It should complement the wedding dress, the place of reception, the weather conditions, etc.
Tradition demands that the bride and the groom share the first piece of the cake, after which other guests partake of it. Sometimes, a portion is preserved so that the couple can share it either on their first wedding anniversary or on the birth of their first child.
The wedding cake can be made in various flavors and colors. Some opt for the traditional ones, while others prefer new designs and tastes too. A single flavor can be used. But it would be nice if it could cater to the different tastes of the guests. To achieve this, each layer can have a different flavor. The topping or the icing can also be done in many ways, the traditional being the white cream icing. Even the shape is undergoing changes, and miniature cakes are becoming a common sight.
Some of the preferred flavors are cheesecakes, mousse-filled cakes, chocolate, orange mud, and fruitcakes. Fillings can be picked from the list of chocolate, coconut, custard, almond, vanilla, etc. At the top of the cake, the figures of the bride and the groom can be seen. The cake can be decorated using many colors or design themes.
The basic idea or tradition of the wedding cake is to make the occasion memorable, to be cherished by the couple as well as their friends and loved ones.
The tradition of serving cakes is laudable, as it symbolizes the sweetness, prosperity, fertility, and love fostered through marriage.
Wedding Cakes: 15 Exceptional Designs
Here's an excellent video highlighting over a dozen amazing wedding cake designs. Watch this and get some great ideas on the type of wedding cake design you might like for your wedding.