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Traditional Wedding Cakes Around The Globe

By Edited Aug 7, 2015 0 0

In the United States of America, it is traditional to serve a wedding cake as desert for wedding guests at the wedding reception (or wedding breakfast). Typically comprised of multi-layered cakes coated in white frosting, wedding cakes are a traditional must have for any wedding. In other countries, however, there many other options when it comes to wedding desserts. As couples search for more ways to add personal meaning to every aspect of their weddings, many are turning to their families' cultural routes and to find a wedding cake that is unique to their own heritage.

In Great Britain, wedding cakes taste entirely different. Traditionally, U.K couples opt for a fruitcake as their desert. These cakes are layered and covered in white marzipan with elaborate decoration. British wedding cakes follow the same traditional aesthetic and look exactly the same. On the inside, however, they are filled with fruits such as raisins and dates. The taste is entirely different.

The traditional wedding across the Caribbean islands is also a fruitcake. Often soaked with rum or wine and stuffed with dried fruits as in the U.K, Caribbean wedding cakes are kept hidden during the reception rather than being placed on display. The cake is covered by a white tablecloth and guests pay the bride and groom for the privilege of seeing the cake. You don't even have to attend a Caribbean wedding to enjoy the cake; you can have it mailed to you across the island.

Japanese culture has adopted the idea of the wedding cake from Europe and America. Wanting to make a show of the cake cutting ceremony, as here, elaborate cakes are used as a centerpiece. Multi-layered cakes are often too expensive for many Japanese families, however, and so large plastic or wax stand-ins are created. These tacky false cakes even feature a slot for the knife to fit into during the ceremony. More affordable sheet cakes are then handed out to guests.

In Iceland, wedding cakes are also layered but their appearance differs. Kransekake, or ring cake, is comprised of tiered ring shaped cakes. As in the U.K they are covered in marzipan and have a distinct almond flavor. The hollow center of the rings is sometimes filled with chocolates or used to contain a bottle of wine.

Some countries don't even have cakes at all. In the Ukraine weddings are celebrated with a bread-like dessert known as Korovai. This is traditionally decorated with symbols representing the coming together of two households. It is considered to be a sacred part of the Ukrainian wedding ceremony.

Whatever the wedded couple's cultural heritage, the decision to include traditional wedding cakes adds a personal touch to the wedding reception. More and more it is becoming popular to honor one's past whilst embarking on a new future.



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