A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner. In some parts of England, the wedding cake is served at a wedding breakfast, on the morning following the ceremony. In modern Western culture, the cake is usually on display and served to guests at the reception. Traditionally, wedding cakes were made to bring good luck to all guests and the couple.
Wedding cakes can certainly range in size, from a small cake that feeds ten people, to a very large cake that will feed hundreds, all depending on the wedding. Modern pastry chefs and cake designers use various ingredients and tools to create a cake that will reflect the personalities of the couple. Marzipan, fondant, gum paste, buttercream, and chocolate are among some of the more popular ingredients used.
A wedding cake has always been a very traditional part of a couple’s big day. It was originally a luxury item and so a sign of celebration, and for those who were in the position of wanting to assert themselves; the bigger the cake, the higher the social standing. They were traditionally fruit cakes topped with marzipan and icing with tiers and the cutting of the cake was a big part of the reception.