Wedding cakes are an important part of Western wedding traditions. They have even become popular in many countries in different parts of the globe. Despite that, there are still nations that try to preserve and follow their own wedding cake traditions. That is because they are often very unique and interesting. In some countries, the wedding cakes come in unexpected shapes or remain hidden during the wedding. Others do not even count wedding cakes as part of their traditions. In this material, we will introduce you to some of the strangest and most interesting wedding cake traditions collected from all around the world.
Typically, wedding cakes come in a few main shapes – round, square, petal, hexagonal and topsy-turvy. However, in some countries there are additional shapes of which you may have never heard of. For example, in Lithuania wedding cakes greatly resemble a Christmas tree. Nevertheless, instead of a green they a yellowish colour. The cake is called sakotis and it has herbs and flowers at its top.
Other countries prefer to celebrate with wedding bread and not a wedding cake. Norway and Ukraine both bake a special type of bread for weddings. In Ukraine, it is known as Korovai and its design includes symbols that stand for eternity. The Norwegian wedding bread has the long name brudlaupskling and it is made of white flour. In the past, wheat was seen as a hard-to-find ingredient in Norway. That is why it was used only for special events, like weddings. The country’s traditional wedding bread also contains syrup, cheese and cream.
China has its own version of the wedding cake – lapis Surabaya. It is made of many layers which stand for the bride’s and the groom’s ladder of success. The Chinese wedding cake is cut from the bottom and the first pieces are given to the grandparents and the parents. In addition, they should not eat it by themselves, but let the newlyweds feed them.
How would you react if they ask to pay to see the wedding cake? That is exactly what will happen at a traditional wedding in the West Indies. There, guest should pay just to get a quick peek at the cake. The delicious pastry is typically hidden under a white tablecloth.
Even more interesting is the wedding cake in Japan. In this country, cakes served at wedding receptions are fake. The dummy cakes are usually made of wax. Also, some even have a slot in which the newlyweds can insert the knife and pose for some sweet photos. The more expensive models can emit smoke for a more impressive presentation. Nevertheless, that does not mean that Japanese guests do not enjoy a bite of tasty cake. While the bride and the groom show off their artificial wedding cake, the real deal is cut and prepared to be served to the guests.
Therefore, do not be afraid to experiment with your own wedding cake. As you can see, there are no limits here.