Why we have a wedding cake and what the ingredients mean with Jane Dayus-Hinch

[photo courtesy of Zoe Clark Cakes]

Throughout the centuries the meaning and traditions of the wedding cake has evolved many times and come to its present day incarnation.

The custom of breaking the cake over the Bride’s head, which may have roots as far back as the Roman Empire, is no longer practiced (thank goodness). The Bridegroom would eat part of a loaf of barley bread (baked especially for the nuptials) and then break the rest over his Bride’s head. History tells us that breaking the bread symbolized the breaking of the virginal state.


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