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Wedding Cake Traditions and Etiquette


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When it comes to wedding cakes, the style of the cake and taste is really up to you.  But, some brides and grooms like to recognise the traditions and respect the etiquette of times past when they are planning their wedding day, so here are the traditions and etiquette of wedding cakes that you might like to consider for your big day.

White wedding cakes - Wedding cakes are traditionally white because white sugar and flour were once so expensive that a white wedding cake meant your family was well-to-do.  Brides and grooms coveted white also because it meant innocence and purity - in the same way the bridal gown in white once symbolised virginity and purity too.

Serving the cake - The traditional way to serve the wedding cake is as follows.  Firstly, remove the top layer which is frozen and kept by the bride and groom to be eaten on their first anniversary.  Secondly, preserve the appearance of the cake by slicing from the back.  Serve from the top tier down.  If the tiers are big enough, make a vertical cut about 6cm in from the outside and cut in a concentric circle.   Then cut around the circle, slicing pieces that are around 3cm wide.  To remove the slices, insert the knife under the slice and lift it up to neatly remove it from the tier below.  Have a napkin or cloth handy to wipe the blade between each cut so the slices are clean.

When to cut the cake - Traditionally, the bride and groom cut the cake together between the speeches and first dance.  There will be alot of people wanting to take photos of this momentous occasion, so smile for the cameras before you take a slice!  To cut, take a beautiful cake knife and place cut cleanly with your right hands overlapping.  Once you have cut a slice, couples often feed a slice of cake to one another through a linked arm.  You can also propose a toast to one another with a glass of champagne.  For the cutting of the cake, consider a special touch with an engraved cake cutting knife and serving set as well as personalised toasting flutes, which you can keep as mementos after the wedding.

How to preserve the top layer - If you want to keep the top tier of your wedding cake for your first anniversary or your baby's christening, the best way is to wrap the cake tier in unwaxed paper and then foil.  Then you can either place the cake into a plastic container to freeze, or a final layer of cling wrap instead.  Freeze and remove a few days before you want to serve the cake.



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