Wedding Cake Facts

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1. The most expensive wedding cake ever commissioned cost $30 million.

The expensive wedding cake was made by Buddy Valastro (better known as Cake Boss from the US TV cake show. The lucky recipient was  NYC socialite Devorah Rose for her diamond gala event. According to reports, $30 million worth of jewels including sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds — adorned the cake.

2. Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake.

White icing on a wedding cake symbolises purity, a tradition that began in the seventeenth century. However, once the price of white sugar went up, white icing became a status symbol, showcasing the family’s wealth. That’s why it’s called “royal icing.”

3. It used to be Bridal Pie, not Wedding Cake.

The “bride’s pie” (not cake) was served at most weddings up until the early 19th century. In the 17th century “bride pie” became popular, which varied from sweet breads to mince pies or even mutton pie. Within it was a glass ring which was used in a similar way to the bouquet today: whichever woman found it was meant to become the next bride.

4. Forget the bouquet toss, the next person to marry will pull a charm out of the cake.

In some parts of the US, it was tradition for single women to pull ribbons out from the bottom layer of the wedding cake. One of the ribbons would be attached to a charm, and whoever pulled out the charm would be the next to marry.

5. Single bridesmaids put a slice of cake beneath their pillows.


Similarly, in some parts of the US, single bridesmaids would take a piece of wedding cake home. It was said that if they placed it under their pillow, they’d dream of their future husband.

6. The first wedding cakes were actually loaves of bread.

One of the first wedding cakes wasn’t actually cake at all — it was bread. In ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride’s head to symbolize good fortune and fertility to the couple. The traditional wedding cake back to medieval times. Wedding guests would pile up breads, scones and biscuits and the couple would have to kiss over the pile without it falling down. If they did it successfully, they were ensured a lifetime of prosperity.

We hope you loved these weird and wacky wedding cake facts. If a traditional wedding cake just isn’t for you….These alternative wedding cake ideas might be right up your street!

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We heart this extravagant wedding!

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The son of Armenian billionaire, Samvel Karapetyan, has just had a very extravagant wedding and it is thought to have cost the family over $2 million! The bride wore a $35,000 Elie Saab gown….. but that wasn’t it, she had another 2 wedding dresses which she changed into throughout her big day as well as wearing $200,000 worth of Tiffany and Co jewellery. 

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The wedding was held at Moscow’s famous Safisa and it was stunningly decorated with fairy lights and thousands of flower displays. They managed to impress their guests by having Maroon 5 to perform at the wedding – this was rumoured to have cost them anything between $500,000 and $800,000!

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On top of this J Lo and Enrique Iglesias performed as well as a host of Armenian and Russian celebrities who were paid to provide a range of entertainment for the lavish reception.

The guests entered through a magical forest which included thousands of real colourful trees. Guests were encouraged to use the hashtag ‘#sarikissalome’ and pose for photos in front of a flower wall for Instagram.

Wait till you see this….. we’ve never seen a wedding cake like it! The cake was 9 tiers and and was covered in white flowers which was placed in the centre of the room in amongst all of the guests. We are wondering how they managed to cut it?! Or was it just for decoration……

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Can’t believe there was no French Macarons in sight! Our French Macaron wedding favours would have looked perfect in amongst their flower displays. Chosen your wedding colours? Get in touch with Cake Cetera today and let us provide macarons to match your wedding theme.

See more images of this amazing day on the Daily Mail’s website!

Photo Credits:

Daily Mail & Instagram


Wedding Rocky Road Recipe

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Hi, I’m Clare and I blog over at A Wee Bit of Cake.


I’m a Belfast girl engaged to a Bradford boy (aka Mr T) and we now live together in Otley; a wee town on the edge of Leeds.   At the moment we are currently planning our wedding and having a cake table was very important to me.

I love to bake, I love cake and I wanted to express this on our wedding day. If I had endless time I would be baking all sorts for the wedding but I need to be realistic in what I can do and what I can easily make ahead of time.

Rocky Road has always been a popular treat when we have had parties in the past so I knew it would be ideal for the wedding – it’s quick and easy with limited mess. Weddings are special and I knew this rocky road needed to be special too by glitzing it up a bit so it tied in with the colour scheme.


I changed the bottom layer of the rocky road to purple with some food colouring and added some silver leaf to the top for some extra glam. I brought this into work to share with my colleagues and one said “Clare, why is there foil on the top of this?” He was not convinced about the silver leaf at all. Some people just don’t get my need for sparkle!

Thankfully the rocky road went down very well – I may have eaten more than one piece oops! It was so quick and easy to make I’ll definitely make it again to remind me of my big day.

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Wedding Rocky Road

500g white chocolate

75g Rice Krispies

75g mini marshmallows

100g dried blueberries

Silver leaf

Purple sprinkles

Purple food gel (I used the Sugarflair grape violet one)

Line an 18cm square tin with clingfilm.

Melt 300g of the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water.

Once melted stir in the food colouring until it has reached your desired colour adding more if required.

Stir in the marshmallows, rice krispies and blueberries.

Pour into the prepared tin, leave to cool then pop in the fridge for 1 hour.

After an hour take the rocky road out of the fridge.

Melt the remaining 200g white chocolate using the same process as before.

Once melted pour over the set rocky road.

Scatter over the purple sprinkles and silver leaf.

Leave to cool then place in the fridge for a further hour.

Once set cut into equal pieces and enjoy!

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