5 Things You Didn’t Know About Wedding Cakes

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By Alexis Wilson-Barrett

It’s time for another article designed to help those who are in the midst of planning their 2017 Wedding. This week it is all about cake. Did you know that the tradition of the Wedding Cake dates right back to Roman times? Here, at The Skipton Press, we have discovered an abundance of interesting facts about this tasty tradition. These are just a few of our favourites:

When In Rome

During Roman matrimonial ceremonies, cakes made of wheat would be broken over the bride’s head as a symbol of good fortune.  It also represented the groom’s dominance over his virginal bride. Oh crumbs!

In Medieval Times

In Medieval England, small bread buns would be stacked high and the happy (or unhappy) couple would attempt to kiss above the tower of baked treats. If successful, this would symbolise a long and successful union.

French Style

The above tradition was the inspiration behind the French Croquembouche – a mountain of caramel-drizzled profiteroles traditionally served at French weddings. Allegedly, a Frenchman witnessed the English tradition and took it home to his native country.  C’est la vie!

Bride’s Pye

In the mid-17thcentury, the bread-based offering developed into something known as the Bride’s Pye.  Elaborately decorated pastry encased a somewhat unappetising concoction of oysters, sweetbreads and lamb’s testicles. Guests were considered rude if they refused to sample the matrimonial monstrosity.

Tiered Cakes

Multi-tiered wedding cakes as we know them today, were introduced during the Victorian era but were lavish offerings created solely for members of the Royal Family. Unfortunately, they were yet to discover a method of stacking the cakes without the base tier collapsing, so the top tiers were deceptively made of spun sugar. How disappointing!

Every Cloud Cakes and Bakes

‘Every Cloud Cakes and Bakes’ was established in 2015 by Fran Dunderdale. Having spent a number of years making wonderful cakes for friends and family, Fran decided to turn her hobby into a business. Fully insured and holding a 5* hygiene rating from Craven District Council, she offers bespoke cakes and cupcakes for all occasions. Fran offers a range of flavours including fruit, vanilla, chocolate and lemon. She also caters for differing dietary requirements.

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Fran has noticed a number of trends this season, including a high demand for Cupcake Bouquets, which she now offers in a variety of colours. The baked bouquets are often used in place of traditional table centrepieces, with the cupcakes offered as favours for the wedding guests. Naked and semi-naked cakes remain very popular as their simple rustic style fits in with the ongoing popularity of the vintage and shabby chic weddings themes. There is no limit to Fran’s culinary creativity and whether you want a cake decorated with fresh flowers, metallic icing or elegant ruffles and lace, she will design and produce a cake that perfectly complements your chosen theme.

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I asked Fran what her favourite project had been so far:

“My favourite creation is my most recent wedding cake, which was made for Vici and Alistair for their wedding at the end of March at The Samlesbury Hotel in Preston. It was a 3-tier naked cake decorated with white roses and gypsophila. “

We have included images of cakes by Every Cloud Cakes and Bakes within this article. To see more of Fran’s cakes or to make an enquiry, visit her website or follow her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

If you are Yorkshire-based wedding supplier and you would like to feature your products or services in one of our articles, please email: weddings@theskiptonpress.co.uk

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