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11 interesting wedding cake facts

Wedding cakes have become a tradition for every bride and groom for their special day. It’s just as important as the bride’s wedding dress and the venue. Did you know that last year the average couple spent $546 on their wedding cake! Read below for more wedding cake facts including what cake took 515 hours to make.

1. A cake fit for the Queen.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip married on November 20, 1947, and according to Bridal Guide magazine, their four-tiered wedding cake was nine feet tall and weighed 500 pounds. The royal couple even cut the cake with Prince Philip’s sword.

2. Instead of a traditional fruitcake, this royal couple went in another direction and chose a cake that took 515 hours to make.

Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones tied the knot on June 19, 1999 and had a seven-tier Devil’s Food cake that was ten feet tall. It took baker Linda Fripp and her staff at Upper Crusts Country Kitchen 515 hours to make. The cake was topped with tennis rackets to symbolize where the couple first met.

3. Bigger is always better.

According to the Guinness World Records, the chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino in Connecticut built the largest wedding cake ever for their New England bridal showcase in 2004. The cake weighed 6.818 tons.

‏@CAKE_CHESTER/Twitter The world's most expensive wedding cake. (‏@CAKE_CHESTER/Twitter)

4. Diamonds are forever.

In March of 2013, Cake, a bakery in Chester, England, displayed the world’s most expensive wedding cake, valued at $52.7 million. The eight-tiered cake had 4,000 diamonds from Russell and Case of Liverpool, England.

5. Looking for a husband? Just sleep with cake under your pillow.

According to an old legend, a single woman who sleeps with a slice of the groom’s cake under her pillow will dream of her future husband.

6. You can thank Queen Victoria for the white wedding cake tradition and royal icing.

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White icing on a wedding cake symbolizes 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. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, the white icing on her cake was known as “royal icing.” The royal icing was made so it could hold the sugar paste models on top of the cake without the cake collapsing. Royal icing is made of egg whites, sugar, and lemon juice.

7. Who wouldn’t want a slice of a royal cake?

According to the Guinness World Records, a slice of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s 1937 wedding cake was sold for $29,900 on February 27, 1998 at Sotheby’s. It is the most expensive wedding cake slice ever sold.

8. Breaking bread.

In the heyday of the Roman Empire, before cake became a wedding standard, the bride and groom would get a loaf of barley bread. The groom would then break the bread over the bride’s head to symbolize fertility and the dominance of the groom.

9. Wedding cake toppers have come a long way.

Wedding cake toppers became famous in the 1950s and represented the couple’s bond. Regarding their origin, an old story claims that a baker’s daughter asked her father to create a symbol of her love for her groom. Her father created the bride and groom topper for the cake and his daughter loved it.

10. Grooms can have their cake and eat it too.

In the 17th century, grooms got their own wedding cakes, but these weren’t as extravagant as brides’ cake. A groom would have his own fruitcake that was served to his groomsmen.

11. Tiered wedding cakes all started with piles of bread.

The tiered wedding cake dates back to medieval times. Wedding guests would pile up scones, biscuits, and other breads, 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.

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Mabel Martinez
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