The wedding cake in the Italian tradition

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The wedding cake is surely the highlight of the wedding celebrations!  The cake and the sugared almonds or ‘confetti’ in Italian, ensure a sweet and happy ending to the banquet.

When cutting the cake, the bride and groom should follow some rules to make sure the wedding celebrations end with style.
The whole wedding cake should be taken by the waiter to the bride and groom. Together they hold a silver knife and cut the first slice of wedding cake. The bride then gives the first slice to her groom, then to her mother-in-law, her mother, her father-in -law, her father and last of all,  to the witnesses.  After this, the waiters take the cake away to cut it for the other guests.

Many years ago, wedding cakes were either one very large cake or three tiers, with white icing and topped with cute toppers. While there is nothing wrong with the traditional wedding cake, today’s bride and groom can enjoy just about any type of cake they want. There is no right or wrong when it comes to wedding cakes, which is why creating your own design or having one custom-made is so exciting.

By the 50s, the wedding cake had begun to play an important role at the wedding reception and needed to create a real WOW effect. Today, the wedding cake still needs to fulfill two basic requirements: high quality and beautiful appearance.

Nowadays the styles used by cake designers to create their wedding cakes are various: the multi-tier cake; three, five or seven tiers with the largest cake at the bottom; the English cake or a pyramid; cakes set in a pyramid and decorated with ribbons, flowers and leaves for a true “Renaissance” look and the typically Italian cake inspired by the English style and the multi-tier cakes also known as ‘hat-box’ cake. It is a three-tier cake with a round base with a meter and a half diameter and the one-tier cake – this type of cake is the simplest and is less flashy. Covered with whipped cream or meringue crumbs, this cake has a soft spongy centre stuffed with fresh cream, strawberries and custard cream.

In relation to the shape and finish of the design, cakes can be heart-shaped, flower-shaped, or shaped like cars or carriages, wedding rings, doves, or even made from the initials of the bride and groom – whatever your imagination suggests (within reason!).  There are however no  limits to the decorations:  refined white icing sprinkled with small flowers in white chocolate and sugar or clouds of whipped cream and cream puffs, or delicate compositions using whole fruits or slices of fruit.

The traditional cake will have toppers of the bride and groom on top of the cake with perhaps an arch of flowers; you may have your own ideas to make the cake more personal or unique, for example, a small bouquet of fresh flowers complementing the bride’s bouquet or sugar wedding rings to match those of the bride and groom.
Italian wedding cake favourites:
• Saint-Honorè
• Mimosa
• Millefeuille
• Charlotte
• Giant tarts with fresh fruit

In Italy, although the wedding cake is the most important dessert during the wedding banquet it is not the only one.  There will also be a selection of different kind of desserts such as cakes, fruit salad, ice-creams, pastries, cookies, chocolate mousse, tiramisu, Bavarian cream, jam tarts, meringues and fresh fruit.

For winter weddings there will be typical Italian Christmas cakes like panettoni, pandori, along with candied fruit and nougat.

If the wedding is celebrated in summer, wedding cakes decorated with fresh fruits, lemon and orange or exotic fruit are very popular; cakes are entirely covered with berries, or glazed in shades of traditional white or ivory, or in various shades of pastel green or pink.

Our expert confectioners will closely work with you to design the perfect wedding cake for your reception. Beautiful and flavory as the Italian tradition requires..

 

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