No cake, no party!
History and tradition
Wedding cake started to be served on banquet at the end of ‘800. Firstly it was considered a sign of little refinement, but shortly afterward it became a cult. Every wedding worthy of respect have to serve a cake with two features that cannot be renounced: quality and scenic beauty.
Cake is the last detail which will leave an unforgettable memory about marriage ceremony. For this reason it have to be unique and it have to tell the marriage couple’s story.
Tradition wants that waiters bring the whole wedding cake into the ceremonial room to be admired by all. After that the newlyweds join their right hands and cut the first slice with a silver knife with a white ribbon. First portions are distributed by the bride in this order:
– the groom as a symbol of the choice to remain beside him for the rest of life;
– the mother-in-law;
– the mother;
– the father-in-law;
– the father;
– the witness.
Then waiters distribute the other portions to the guests.
The most typical cake’s models are:
a- cake on more levels: It’s the most famous and scenic. Levels are generally 3 or 4, but can be also more and more. It needs a solid structure.
b- english style or pyramidal style: cylinders or cubes superimposed and generally decorated with festoons.
c- american style: a glazed sculpture. It’s a cake on more levels made with sponge cake and covered with sugar paste.
d- “hatbox”: 3 levels. It’s more large and less high than typical cake on more levels.
e- on one level: It gives free space to the imagination of cake makers.
f- single portions: it’s a tradition imported by USA. Original cake is reproduced in a lot of mini copies delivered to every guests.
Cutting’s moment symbolizes sharing and the circular form of cake symbolizes the celestial protection on the brides. Levels are a sort of stairs to remember that wedding is a walk behind joys and difficulties that have to be experienced and faced together.