The wedding cake tradition dates back to ancient Greece, when, to ensure fertility, the bride and groom would exchange crushed sesame cakes. The tradition was carried over to the Middle Ages when guests would crumble wheat cakes over the couples heads to wish the couple fertility and good fortune. In sixteenth century England, the humble wheat cake was supplanted by a sweet, edible dessert. During the same time in France the modern wedding cake was born as a frosting coated, multi-tiered work of art that has become an iconic part of weddings today.
Here are 5 crucial questions every bride should ask to ensure the perfect wedding cake experience on her wedding day.
How Much Cake Do I Need?
If your wedding cake is your only dessert, plan to offer a slice to every guest. If your wedding cake accompanies and elaborate dessert bar or your caterer is serving dessert in addition to the wedding cake, allow for 70% to 80% to be server wedding cake as well.
When Should I Order My Wedding Cake?
If wedding cake is at the top of your list of priorities and you have your heart set on an elaborately-designed cake, start looking for your designer 6-months out from your wedding. Otherwise, the standard 3-months will suffice.
When Should I Cut The Cake?
There are two main options here: Typically the cutting of the wedding cake symbolizes the end of the evening so most couples opt to cut that cake around 45 minutes before the end of the reception. However, if your wedding cake is also dessert, you may want to cut it before the food is served so it’s ready to go as guests finish dinner.
What’s the Secret to Pairing Champagne and Wedding Cake?
Opt for a sweeter champagne or sparkling wine to pair with your sweet wedding cake, like demi-sec or sec Champagne or Moscato d’Asti. Opting for a dry champagne, such as Brut or Extra Brut is to be avoided at all costs. The sweet cake will make your dry champagne taste disgustingly sour and bitter.
What Are My Options for A Wedding Cake If I’m Gluten Intolerant (or have other food restrictions)?
One of my favorites is the cheese cake. Not like Philly cream cheese cheesecake. I’m talking about those lovely cheese wheels stacked on top of one another so they resemble a wedding cake.
Aside from the obvious non-cake alternatives, like cheese wheel cakes and Rice Krispy treat cakes, there are many mountain bakers who can make you a delicious gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free or vegan wedding cake. The best part is these specialty bakers can make these cakes taste delicious, so you don’t have to worry about guest disappointment.
You can also serve a traditional wedding cake and have a smaller specialty option for yourself or some of your VIPs. You may also opt for specialty cupcakes and treats on a dessert bar with your wedding cake as the centerpiece.
Be Careful! Make sure that your specialty cake is cut with it’s own knife. Many people’s allergies are so severe that even the tiniest amount of contamination can make them ill.
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