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Wedding cakes go back in tradition as far as weddings. The Greeks baked mixtures of grain and honey, the Romans did theirs with grain and salt. The elaborate tiered cakes we know today came from the era of the pioneer bride. Her popularity was judged by the size of her cake. Guests used to bring layers of cake filled with applesauce, stack them, and then they were iced. The higher the stacks, the more popular the bride!

  • Cake fillings are as many and as varied as cake flavors. Whenever possible, taste the combinations you are considering to see if they complement each other well.
  • Choose your baker by reviewing their design album and sampling their flavor.
  • Be sure to select your baker several months in advance. The baker will need to know the date, location, and time of your reception and how many guests the cake needs to serve.
  • Many cakes require assembly by the baker at the reception site, so be sure to allow time for this.
  • Your baker will generally require a deposit to hold your wedding date. Be sure to get a receipt describing the type of cake you’ve ordered, its filling, icing, style, color and cake top. It also doesn’t hurt to call and confirm your cake order about one week before your wedding.
  • Your baker will give you cutting instructions. Remember, when you make the first cut, hold the knife in your right hand. Your groom’s hand closes over yours and together you cut a slice.
  • In addition to your cake, other sweets can create lasting memories at your wed-ding reception. Don’t overlook the special touch that mints or chocolates can add to your cake table.
  • Many confectioners will customize candies engraved with your initials or wedding date.
  • Traditionally, a bride and groom rest upon the cake. Cascading fresh or silk flowers, delicate blown glass tops and even porcelain teddy bears and crocheted wedding bells have been seen on today’s cakes.
  • It is customary to save the top layer of your wedding cake and a few of your confections for next year so you and your groom can share those sweet memories again on your first anniversary.
  • Many bakers freeze their cakes for 2 to 3 days before the wedding. Don’t let the idea of a frozen wedding cake scare you. Generally, if frozen properly, most people can not tell the difference between a fresh or previously frozen cake.
  • The groom’s cake is usually more casual in style and served at the reception as a second flavor choice for guests.
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