The cake cutting ceremony is easily one of the most popular traditions, and perhaps the most anticipated event at any wedding reception. 

Sharing with your Guests

As one of the last activities leading up to the send-off, the cutting of cake is a tradition that embodies matrimonial commitment and allows the bride groom to share a final treat with their guests.

Mediaeval Traditions

The Tradition of Cake Cutting. In Medieval England, cakes were stacked as high as possible so that if the bride and groom kissed successfully over the stacks, then they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. During the mid-17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, most weddings served a “bride’s pie.”

Cutting the Cake is Memorable

Similar to the notion of tossing the bouquet and sharing the first dance, the cake cutting ceremony is an integral part of the wedding ceremony. Not only is this a memorable occasion for the bride and groom, but it’s also a splendid opportunity to capture a few fun moments. This act represents one of the first activities done together as a couple, while in the past; it was carried out by the bride herself, as a symbol of the loss of her virginity.

Feeding Each Other Cake

When the newlywed couple feeds each other the wedding cake, this activity is sheer romantic fantasy at its finest. The act symbolizes a beautiful commitment of showering love and affection upon one another while providing for each other till eternity. We may have modernized this event into more of a cake smash type moment, one can hope our partners keep it clean. Either way you get to have your cake and eat it too.

Tradition of Sleeping over a piece of Cake

Believe it or not, the tradition of sleeping over a a piece of wedding cake (cake under your pillow) was an actual thing of the past. Almost 300 years ago, it was believed that by doing so, the person sleeping over the piece of cake will dream of their future partner over that night. Today, the tradition is modernized by sleeping over a wedding favor with the same intention.

Signs of Fertility

During the Roman Era, wedding guest would break mana or bread over the bride & grooms head as an offering of Fertility. This act was thought to bring good luck and lots of babies early in their marriage. Perhaps the modern-day twist to this theme: During the cake cutting, When the Bride and Groom feed each other a bite of cake. This can be done with good intentions; nice and neat or total cake smash in your face kind of day. Beware of frosting up the nose, everything will smell sweet for rest of the night.

Wedding Cake Charms

The age-old tradition of baking a wedding cake with charms hidden inside was a popular one of the past. Today, a more practical version exists where charms are baked into the cake, with ribbons attached to each one of them so guests can simply pull them out before devouring their dessert.

Saving Your Top Tier of your Wedding Cake

The top tier of wedding cakes is known to carry great significance for newlywed couples. In the past couples used to save the top tier to enjoy at the Christening ceremony of their first born child. Christening ceremonies typically took place within the year of the wedding. Sharing a layer of the top tier serves as a reminder for couples of their special day. Just in case you’re wondering how a layer of cake could survive for a year, as long as its kept in the freezer and doesn’t contain fresh fruits or mousse layers, it can last without too much damage.

I don’t know about you, but all this talk about cake has me craving some sweet treats!

There ya have it! We hope you enjoyed reading more about the history of the wedding cake.

Do you know of a few more Traditions, we would love to hear from you!