One of the stars of the show on the wedding day has got to be the cake!
Traditionally made of fruit cake, today’s wedding cakes are now based on the couple’s own flavour preferences. Some couples choose to have a tower of cupcakes or doughnuts. The wedding colour scheme may be incorporated.
Fruit cake was chosen because it would not go stale and could be kept for the other tradition of having the top tier as a christening cake for the first child.
Cake was originally a luxury item so represented the social staus of the couple and was handed out to guests to wish them good luck in exchange for them wishing the couple well.
The idea of multiple tiers comes from a medieval tradition for the bride and groom to kiss over a pile of cakes which represented the hurdles that the couple might face together.
The white icing was expensive when sugar was scarce and it represented the virginity and purity of the bride as well as the status of the couple.