Wedding cakes are renowned for their grandeur in regards to their aesthetics. Using tall, white cakes with figures on top symbolizing the groom and the bride is the sort of design which prevailed in US weddings in the 1950s embodying the concept of togetherness.
Some countries have adopted the idea of American wedding cakes, complete with conventional bride and groom figurines. However, there are still many places that stick to their classic traditions. In the UK, for example, newlyweds feast on traditional fruitcake. Not ones to stray from tradition, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate, chose a classic 8-tiered iced fruit cake for their Royal Wedding.
Despite the most conventional choices, there is a growing trend in more contemporary wedding cakes: the rise of the more adventurous cakes. From chocolate, Madeira, to cheescake or cupcakes, couples these days are opting for something more daring to serve to their guests.
“People are looking for different, quirky or more modern alternatives to the traditional wedding cake,” says Ali Rodham, cake developer for M&S. “The market has changed incredibly quickly, and it’s really only been in the last few years that we’ve seen the popularity surge in things like chocolate wedding cakes.” And she’s right. Across the world, couples have been trying to find a way to be more creative with their traditional wedding cakes. Here are some examples of delicious cakes that defy the mundane:
Renowned for producing great food, the French are also popular for their traditional croquembouche at weddings. Organized in a cone shape, cream puff pastries are glued together with spun sugar or caramel. Some even replace cream puffs with classic French macarons.Italy
In Italian weddings, they have two traditional options for wedding cakes: millefoglie, a layer cake made of filo pastry, chocolate and vanilla cream, and strawberries; or a custard filled zuppa inglese.Norway
Rather than serving a cake, a bread dish, Norwegians serve brudlaupskling at weddings. It is a sweet treat topped with cheese, cream and syrup. Brudlaupskling uses white flour which was once meant to be a symbol of wealth in Norway. The ingredient wasn’t readily available in Norwegian farms and had to be imported.
Having a faux cake made of cardboard, rubber or Styrofoam with wax as icing is often customary in the land of the rising sun. These faux cakes may even have a slot which allows the bride and groom to appear like they’re slicing the cake. Although most Japanese couples opt to have a real cake, plenty of fake ones can still be found across the country.
For weddings in Korea, sweet tteok is the confection of choice. It consists of sweet sticky rice, nuts, fruit, and sometimes red beans or red bean paste. There are a variety of ways to prepare tteok. It is also considered a universal dish at many Korean celebrations.