Ruby's Blog | Your Wedding Cake

Hello Brides and Grooms To Be!

I’m Ruby, the Rochester Bride! As a newlywed of the Rochester area, I love sharing my knowledge of the wedding experience with newly engaged couples. This week I can’t wait to share with you some tips and pointers about choosing your wedding cake!

Since the days of the Roman empire, the wedding cake has been a ritual and a symbol of the couple's willingness to share each others household from then on. Traditionally, it is a white cake with white buttercream frosting. You may, however, choose other flavors such as chocolate, carrot, rum, fudge, white chocolate, lemon, or cheese cake.

Choose fillings that complement the cake flavor. Cakes may be decorated with fresh and silk flowers, delicate colorful frosting flowers and borders, mini-figurines, glass, or crystal toppers.

Select your baker three to six months in advance of your wedding. When you meet with your baker, describe your wedding, number of guests, location, and time of reception. Look at photos of specially made cakes and ask to taste samples if possible. Order your cake one month in advance and request a receipt describing the type of cake you have ordered, filling, icing, style, and color of decorations.

Typically, the wedding cake sits on a skirted table which is wheeled into the center of the room when the couple cuts the cake. They place each of their right hands over one another and cut the first slice, which they share. The rest is cut and served to guests. Don't forget to save and freeze the top cake layer to share on your first anniversary. Your baker can advise you on wrapping and freezing the top layer.

The grooms cake is traditionally a gift to the groom and given as a special way of honoring him (or letting him know he hasn't been forgotten!). This cake may be dark with either fruits and nuts or soaked in liquor. The groom's cake may be presented in a number of ways - during the celebration, included as one of the layers in the bridal cake, served at the reception as a second choice, served at the rehearsal dinner, or specially boxed miniatures given as gifts to attendants.