Wedding Cake Facts
1. The most expensive wedding cake ever commissioned cost $30 million.
The expensive wedding cake was made by Buddy Valastro (better known as Cake Boss from the US TV cake show. The lucky recipient was NYC socialite Devorah Rose for her diamond gala event. According to reports, $30 million worth of jewels including sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds — adorned the cake.
2. Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake.
White icing on a wedding cake symbolises purity, a tradition that began in the seventeenth century. However, once the price of white sugar went up, white icing became a status symbol, showcasing the family’s wealth. That’s why it’s called “royal icing.”
3. It used to be Bridal Pie, not Wedding Cake.
The “bride’s pie” (not cake) was served at most weddings up until the early 19th century. In the 17th century “bride pie” became popular, which varied from sweet breads to mince pies or even mutton pie. Within it was a glass ring which was used in a similar way to the bouquet today: whichever woman found it was meant to become the next bride.
4. Forget the bouquet toss, the next person to marry will pull a charm out of the cake.
In some parts of the US, it was tradition for single women to pull ribbons out from the bottom layer of the wedding cake. One of the ribbons would be attached to a charm, and whoever pulled out the charm would be the next to marry.
5. Single bridesmaids put a slice of cake beneath their pillows.
Similarly, in some parts of the US, single bridesmaids would take a piece of wedding cake home. It was said that if they placed it under their pillow, they’d dream of their future husband.
6. The first wedding cakes were actually loaves of bread.
One of the first wedding cakes wasn’t actually cake at all — it was bread. In ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride’s head to symbolize good fortune and fertility to the couple. The traditional wedding cake back to medieval times. Wedding guests would pile up breads, scones and biscuits and the couple would have to kiss over the pile without it falling down. If they did it successfully, they were ensured a lifetime of prosperity.
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