Cakes have always been a characteristic of wedding parties, although in times past they weren’t always eaten. Originally made from wheat, a sign of fertility and prosperity, they would have been thrown at the bride!
Around 100B.C. The Romans started baking wheat and salt into little cakes to be eaten, even though some would have been crumbled over the mind of the bride as a sign of good luck. The ancient Greeks used a sweeter mix of honey and wheat, however these’cakes’ could have been more like a biscuit as opposed to a soft cake.
In some areas it was customary to set the cakes in a heap. A tall stack of cakes has been a sign of wealth. This was a sort of mince pie, made with sweet breads or a savoury mutton pie and interior would have been put a ring. Custom says that the woman who found the ring will be alongside wed..
At the middle of the 19th century it became customary to send some of cake to individuals who couldn’t attend the wedding. Therefore it became necessary to create bigger cakes with more tiers. The tiers gradually becoming divided by columns. Though this style of white tiered cake is now traditional in many countries, in different cultures wedding cakes are created from many different different shapes and ingredients and are often more vibrant.