My quick pick of 10 pretty wedding cakes in 2019 that are (ALMOST) too good to eat!
I say quick pick because I skimmed through all my galleries super quickly as these take ages to put together and probably missed so many, and it was so hard to cut down to 10!
Much like bouquets, I’m keen on adding the ‘invisible’ cake into the mix as I don’t care much for cake partly because I’m gluten intolerant and partly because I find the cake cutting photo can be the most awkward part of a wedding day! Especially when you’re standing there thinking how do we do this together, where do we stand, where do we cut and then why on earth are we cutting a cake like we’re 5 years old – do we touch the bottom? Do we scream or make a wish when we do?
So I consult my old friend Google to find out why we actually cut the cake:
I found a few different variations to this tradition but the most common was that cutting the cake represents the first activity done as a couple, although historically the bride did this act herself to symbolise the loss of her virginity. It may have started out in Ancient Rome as bread or a ‘cake’ of wheat or barley, broken over the bride’s head to bring good fortune. The earliest known sweet cake was around 1655.
Cake cutting has become more tedious with the addition to more layers.
Feeding each other cake I thought was just for fun but I read it symbolises a commitment to provide for each other and show love and affection – which has now evolved into smashing it into each other’s faces!
Some used to save the top cake tier to eat on their first anniversary.
White icing was a symbol of money and social importance in Victorian times. The fine white sugar needed was extremely expensive and the lighter the cake, the more wealthy the family would appear.
The white colour was to symbolise the bride as the main focal point of the wedding
White is the colour of purity and traditionally this cake was referred to as the “bride’s cake.” Some say since the Victorian era when Queen Elizabeth accentuated an existing symbol, by choosing to wear a white lace wedding dress in 1840.
The groom had his smaller and darker cake at some point but people must have gotten bored of that and no one cared so they stopped.
I read in Medieval England cakes were stacked as high as possible for the bride and groom to kiss over. A successful kiss meant they were guaranteed a prosperous life together. This is apparently where the Croquembouche was created!
In China, the couple begins cutting a multi-tier cake from the lowest level, giving the first pieces to their parents and other ancestors.
As a symbolic way of honouring their place as the foundation of the family.
1. THE CAKE & I
Simple and dreamy. Made especially for Chef’s Janine and Jeff and their coastal Shorehouse wedding adorned with dried cotton from Rose and Bud.
2. HOMEMADE BY VERITY’S MUM
Not 1 but 3 cakes, Verity’s mum battled through numerous power outages in St Ronan’s the day before their private property lovefest in York yet still produced these beauties.
3. BITTERSWEET BAKERY
Because who doesn’t love a good chocolate cake!
Loved this chocolate with red rose colour combo from Bittersweet in Mosman Park
paired with the neutral State Buildings, pastel flowers and purple neon sign.
Pastel perfection with a touch of sparkle, this cake matched the flowers and styling for Asha and Tristan’s Credaro wedfest perfectly.
5. THE CAKE & I
What a treat to get to work with Jo from The Cake and I so much this year.
She is such a beautiful woman and her cakes are not only the tastiest things in the world (yes, they make even the gluten-intolerant longing for more) but her art in the details make them oh so pretty!
This one matched with the pastels of Katie Cooper Floral Designs at Lamont’s Bishops House.
If you haven’t tasted Nermin’s cakes and sweet treats you are missing out!
Maddison and Trent were so excited to cut this beautiful cake at Sandalford.
7. DE LA ROSA
Lavish perfection this masterpiece came in as the most tiers on a cake of 2019 for Christine and Ganesa’s Lamont’s Wedding.
8. HANDMADE BY XANDER’S MUM
For their colourful cocktail wedding bash at Lancaster Winery with flowers by Flowertalk.
9. MADE BY TRAVIS THE GROOM
Now who can say their groom made their wedding cake!
Check out more from Siobhan and Travis’s wedding at Perth City Farm.
10. THE CAKE & I
Daring to be different this sage with gold fleck 3 tier cake framed by blooms and sprayed bits by Signature Floral Design really stood out and because I love something different Jo just made the list! AGAIN! It also made Nouba Blog’s top cakes of 2019 list.