Wedding cakes can be a wonderful, exciting, colorful and magical addition to your special day. I will capture not only the cake cutting but all your additional joys, many of them I hope to be surprises you will cherish the rest of your life. Below are samples of a few Wedding cakes I have photographed through the years and some history of the “Wedding Cake”
One of my favorite Pastry Chief’s, Kim Sperl, her work is below.
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The wedding cake has always been with symbolism, and the tradition of breaking the cake over the bride’s head dates back to the Ancient Romans. Customs evolve with the times, and today the ceremonial cutting of the wedding cake has become one of the classic elements of the wedding reception. In addition to providing a great photo opportunity, it is symbolic as the first task the newlyweds execute together. Wedding cakes have become much easier to maneuver, the bride and groom still cut the cake together simply for the love of tradition.
Because the cutting ceremony places so much focus on the wedding cake, many brides are opting for antique or classic bride and groom cake tops, as well as Victorian cake charms for luck and good fortune. The charms, in addition to the old custom of “ribbon pulling,” have made a comeback in the most romantic modern weddings. Topping the cake with fresh flowers, Love Doves or a special religious symbol are all wonderful alternatives to those little bride and groom figures, however, there is no limit when it comes to cake decor. When it comes time to cut the cake, elegant silver plated cake knives and servers make the ritual even more enjoyable and stylish.
To Smash Or Not To Smash
Let’s think about this little ritual for a moment. You’ve just had your hair and makeup professionally done, you’re wearing an exquisite L’ezu Antelier gown… do you really want buttercream plastered all over you? It’s true, the pressure can be strong to give the crowd what they want, but consider this. If you must do something dramatic to please them, do something dramatically romantic instead. After the first bites, sweep your beloved into your arms for a kiss that will make Granny blush. Playfully kiss away the tiny dollop of frosting in the corner of his mouth, or seductively lick the buttercream off her fingers. Ask your baker or caterer to have napkins — or even better a warm damp cloth — tucked away somewhere convenient, so if you do get a bit of frosting on your hands, you can clean it up quickly and won’t spend the rest of the reception with sticky fingers.
It’s no secret that the cake cutting is one of the wedding photographer’s favorite images to capture. However, before he or she snaps the shutter, be sure to mention any specific photos you want. Do you want the traditional, posed shot of the two of you cutting the cake together, or do you prefer a more candid, documentary style? Is a close-up of your hands on the knife important, or are you only interested in the big picture?
Tiers and Slices
Couples used to freeze the top tier of their wedding cake for the baby christening that was expected to follow soon after. Today, many still opt to save a tier or even a few slices to be eaten on the first anniversary (waiting for a christening might be inviting serious freezer burn!).
Once the bride and groom have done their ceremonial cutting, the caterer’s staff will jump in to slice and serve the cake to guests. They’re the professionals, so step away and let them do their thing. Often, they will take the cake back into the kitchen to do the slicing. It is not uncommon today to have your baker make sheet cakes from the same recipe and serve slices to the guests — especially if you are having a large wedding. This is a great way to keep your cake budget under control, and guests will never know if their slice came from a tier of the cake on display, or a sheet cake stowed in the kitchen. In the past, it was de rigueur not only to send guests home with cake, but also to send pieces to those unable to attend the wedding. It is still a lovely custom to present boxed slices of cake to your guests, however, sadly this tradition seems to be fading away.
Like your gown, your wedding cake is special and symbolic to you, and the moment you cut into those fluffy, delectable layers together, you may become overwhelmed with emotion. After all, the wedding is over, the cake has been cut, and your sweet life as a married couple is about to begin.
The design is the way your cake is built. For an old-fashioned look you may choose to stack your wedding cake, setting layer directly upon luscious layer. That fairy tale wedding, you might set your tiers on columns for a grand pillared look. Or, you may decide on a flat cake, baked in an interesting shape or meaningful pattern.
Whether your dream cake is modern or traditional or simple, chances are it will feature carefully-crafted decorations. Sugarpaste is the principal medium for most wedding cake decoration, though fruit, flowers, fondant, droegnets and marzipan creations are also very popular.
Filling is the delicious froth that is spread between cake layers, literally, to fill the cake in. Filling can be anything from jam, cream, frosting, icing, chocolate, mousse, fruit, buttercream, curd, cream cheese to marscapone and more. It can be one flavor or a combination of flavors and filling types.
Not only should a wedding cake look amazing, it should taste amazing, too. Determining the flavor of your cake is yet another opportunity for you to both showcase your tastes and round off a delectable reception menu with a divine treat. The most popular wedding cake flavors are lemon, vanilla, chocolate, yellow, spice and carrot. However, if your tastes lean toward the exotic and you have retained the services of a talented pastry chef, cake flavor options are limited only by the imagination.