The Wedding Cake

By Betty Boyd

wedding bouquet

The wedding cake is a special tradition that is as individual as the bride. This tradition goes back to ancient Rome, where the cake was broken over the bride’s head as a sign of good fortune. In Medieval England, the cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over.

Wedding cakes have been around for centuries. According to Wikipedia, “The wedding cake was originally known as the bride’s cake therefore the color white became common, because the cake needed to reflect the bride. The cutting of the cake is a task full of symbolism. The cake was originally intended to be distributed among the guests by only the bride because consuming the cake would ensure fertility.

cake-590774_1280As weddings grew and the number of guests increased, this task became a joint venture, the groom needed to help cut the growing cake and distribute it among their guests. Layers of cakes began to pile up and the icing would need to support the weight of the cake making is very difficult for one person to cut. The groom would assist the bride in this process. Once this tradition began the bride and groom would share a piece of cake before distributing it to the guests to symbolize their union and their promise to forever provide for each other.”

For me the best part of the wedding is the cake. It’s fun to see what type and kind of cake ends up at the reception. Since they can be so diverse, it adds a special quality to the bride’s day. I like when the groom smashes the cake in the bride’s face, this makes for a great photographic and fun memory.

wedding-1236024_1280The wedding cake will be a tradition that will keeping changing, but will always be a unique and fun experience for all.

What is the most unusual wedding cake that you have ever experienced?

Writing Prompt: Can you write a story with these four words:

  • Cake
  • Groom
  • Bride
  • Tradition