The picture at the left is the general style of cake we're having. This is a
marvelous seven-tier affair. The three-tier cake in the center sits atop a
fountain; stairways lead down from the lower tiers to smaller two tier
Don't let the picture fool you, though. This cake can be monstrously huge
or far more modest, and we'll be leaning toward the more modest and less
monstrous end of things. The decorations on the cake will be different than
in the picture as well, so there's no ruined surprises here.
The origin of the wedding cake are unsure. Throughout history, sweets
have been served at wedding celebrations. Records from ancient Rome show
such sweets at wedding, and large cakes (believed to be fruitcakes) were
served at weddings during Medieval times through the Renaissance.
Historically, cakes were cut with ceremonial knives or even swords. A
very old tradition had the bride cut the cake and serve all the portions to
the family of the groom as a symbolic transfer of her household labor from
her own family to her husband's. In modern tradition, the bride and the
groom cut the first piece together, both of them holding the knife. The
bride and groom then split the first piece and feed it to each other,
usually attempting to mash the cake into each others' faces, often with the
begging of the guests. The feeding to each other bit is a symbol of the new
family and the commitment to each other.
Our view: We don't think we'll be using a sword, and we aren't
going to have Elaine symbolically transfer her household labor to my family.
We will cut it together, though. Elaine is absolutely against stuffing cake
into each others' faces. David is trying very hard to not shove cake
in Elaine's face, and hopes the begging of the guests won't cause him to
lose control of himself and frost her nose.
A piece of the cake, often the cake topper, is traditionally frozen and
then eaten on the first anniversary. Some bakeries will make a fresh, small
cake on the first anniversary for the couple.
Type of Cake
The types of wedding cakes are varied; everything has been done, from
flat cakes to multi-tiered cakes to gingerbreads to everything else. We're still undecided on what our cake will look like. For the longest
time we simply didn't want to have any cake at all. We even played
around with bizarre ideas concerning wedding puddings and such. Then we
decided that we'd have a decidedly different cake and settled on a big
wedding gingerbread. Now we're back to thinking along traditional lines.
Whatever we decide, we'll post it here.
Our Cake Topper
have the cake topper; that's it in the
picture. "The rich, sculptured crafting of this romantic design is
prefect for a wedding keepsake. White. Resin.
Height: 5 1/2 in. Base 5 x 3 in." At least, that's what the
Wilton.com Web site says about it!
We like this for a number of reasons:
First, it's white. Colored wedding toppers tend to
look goofy and silly, sort of like cartoons. Plus, most of them that seem
any good at all tend to have a blond groom with a dark-haired bride or both
with light hair. We don't expect the topper to look exactly like us, but
something reasonably close would be nice.
elegant! It's even called "Elegance Figurine." The design, style, pose,
the way she is flourishing her dress with her hand, how they're holding
each other... they do look like they're really enjoying it, don't
Third, it's made of resin. Ceramic breaks and
chips easy, while resin is far more resistant. We don't want it ever
getting broken if we can help it.
it comes with a display case, so that after the wedding it is protected
while being displayed.
Who's Doing Our Cake?
Frank's Bake Shop and Catering has been a staple in Bangor for what
seems like eternity. Located on State Street across from Miller Drug. our
cake will be in the hands of the find cake masters there.