Cakes have featured in wedding celebrations for hundreds of years and started out in a very different form than the ones we are used to seeing today.
The ritual of the wedding cake in Britain can be traced back to medieval times, when it would have been made of wheat and, bizarrely, thrown at the bride as a symbol of fertility.
The popularity of tiered wedding cakes came, legend has it, as a result of a baker’s apprentice in late 18th-century London. The story goes that William Rich set up as an apprentice in Ludgate hill and fell in love with his boss’s daughter. When he asked her to marry him he wanted to impress her with a large, beautiful cake and his inspiration came from the spire of St Bride’s church.inspiration came from the spire of St Bride’s church. Following the marriage of Queen Victoria the tradition of having a wedding cake became very popular. Sugar was now cheaper and it became much easier for working class families to imitate the weddings of the rich.
Today tradition is less restrictive and couples are able to choose wedding cakes from an array of flavours and coatings. Have a look at the following pages for ideas and the standard of our work. All sorts of baked goods, including scones and biscuits, were piled high (the higher the better) and the couple attempted to kiss over the mound. If they managed it without knocking the pile over, they were assured a lifetime of prosperity.