That Takes The (Wedding) Cake

Wedding cake has always been important to celebrate marriage. In ancient Roman times, bread was broken over the head of the bride, indicating the good fortune of the couple. Over time, different foods replaced bread and were stacked, and the happy couple expected to lean on it and accept it before dismantling and serving. The contents evolved into cakes, small cakes or pastries, and sometimes meat pies eaten as part of the meal. But symbolism has remained largely the same, a symbol of fertility and good fortune, as newlyweds cut the cake and shared it together before their guests.

Contemporary cakes are often inedible but simply masked cardboard or styrofoam, nicely decorated, then taken away to the kitchen where a simple plate cake is cut and served to unsuspecting guests. Traditionally, the top layer, often called the groom's cake, is saved and consumed at a later date, or may be completely separate. At some weddings, the cake consists of tiered cakes to be served easily, or displayed on a detailed "sweet table" of desserts where guests can help themselves.

During the Victorian era in Britain (19th century), members of the royal family and elite took the wedding cake to a new level (literally) with a sweet cake and white ice cream as a symbol of the status of the bride and groom, for example through a lavish presentation in 1871 of a daughter's wedding Queen Victoria Princess Louise, which took three months to complete. One has to wonder how literally he has survived all that time and is still edible. Apparently as well, where the original pieces were sold years later. One buyer described the texture as "firm," too little. Although most members of the royal family prefer a luxurious but somewhat traditional cake, elaborate versions of historic palaces and monuments have featured prominently in the weddings of some elite children.

Traditional white cakes or cake (favored by the British) no longer evolved into contemporary art cakes, with unique themes, sculptures, photographs and even replicas of the bride and groom themselves. It may be a carrot cake, chocolate or cheese pie, with colorful ice and decorations of any flavor, and often come with a price far beyond the wedding dress. Specially trained pastry chefs compete for the Food Network and have their own business that makes exclusive wedding cakes.

Perhaps, the most famous wedding cake in history belongs to Miss Hafisham's character in Charles Dickens' legendary novel "Great Expectations". The pointed spinster on the altar spends the rest of her life in her bedroom wearing her wedding dress, the rotten wedding cake on display, and covered with spider trees. Although it is not very exciting, here are some famous modern-day cakes that deserve to be mentioned:

Actress Grace Kelly celebrated the marriage of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, at her wedding in 1956, on a six-level wedding cake, and photographed a three-dimensional replica of the Pink Palace of Monaco, her new home soon.
When Elizabeth Taylor was sculpted in a glamorous five-tiered white cake in her first wedding to the heiress of the hotel Nicky Hilton in 1950, she was topped by traditional wedding bells, created by a pastry chef at the Shishi Bel Air Country Club in California. Imagine the lucky bakers commissioned by Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Although the cakes became smaller and smaller with each subsequent marriage, he still had a wonderful repetitive work of both actresses.

At the 1947 royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth, who would soon become Queen of England, the 500-pound fruit cake (traditional British favorite) was 9 feet tall. They needed 660 eggs, 300 pounds of nuts and dried fruits, and three and a half gallons of sea drink. (Some of us complain when we receive bi-pound fruit cakes at Christmas.)

Prince Charles and Diana's 5-foot-long cake was decorated with Windsor Marzipan and Windsor coats. (Kind of like "Heir and Parts.")

When Kennedy's daughter Eunice married Sargent Shriver, she had to stand on the step ladder to cut the cake, and he was tall (which brings new meaning to the phrase "stand for a wedding").

Elvis Presley married Priscilla in 1967, where the wedding celebrated a large yellow cake, which cost $ 22,000, a staggering sum in 1967. Created by a pastry chef at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, he proudly layered his masterpiece filled with apricot jam and cream. The Bavarian flavored liqueur, then glazed with fondant ice, covered with marzipan flowers. Fit for king.

Donald Trump and Melania's cake cost $ 50,000 and cannot be offered to guests because of the amount of wires used to maintain their condition. The cake is said to have been a stunning seven-layer work of art, weighing more than 200 pounds and consisting of a yellow sponge cake with an orange zest flavor, soaked in Grand Marnier, filled with butter cream, and decorated with two thousand flowers of sugar-based flowers. (Author's note: I don't know about anyone else, but it looks so delicious that I would gladly pick the wires and devour them.)

Simple wedding cake has evolved into an art form, where creativity and creativity know no boundaries. If you can dream of it, and absorb the cost, you'll find a willing and talented baker to create it. In the words of one famous French monarch, "Let them eat cakes." In fact.