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A long time ago, the wedding cake was not made with the intention of being eaten. The original ritual involving the wedding cake was to throw it at the bride of all people. It was believed this ritual would grant the bride with many years of fertility. Over time, the tradition changed from throwing to eating. As you can imagine, many brides were grateful!

Weddings over time have consisted of some unique traditions that have evolved as the years passed. For today's wedding, once the ceremony is complete, as the bride and groom exit the church, rice or confetti are thrown on them as a way of wishing them well. However, the old tradition was to throw wheat, which was also linked to fertility. Once the wheat was thrown, the single men and women would then scramble on the ground to gather as much wheat as possible so they too would be guaranteed a successful wedding.

Wedding cakes were originally made from wheat, beginning during the Roman Empire. However, the "cakes" were actually loaves of wheat bread that were broken over the bride's head. Generally, the groom was the one breaking the bread while family and friends cheered him on. The crumbs that fell to the ground after being broken were much like the wheat thrown. Attendees of the wedding would actually pick the crumbs off the ground to eat, which represented good luck in marriage.

Dating back to the Middle Ages, loaves of wheat bread evolved into sweet buns. These sweet buns would be brought to the wedding as a gift offering to the bride and groom. Adding a little humor to the wedding, miniature sweet buns were baked and stacked high. Once the couple was pronounced husband and wife, they would try to kiss over the huge pile and the higher the pile, the more prosperous the couple. Once the bride and groom trampled on the pile, the guests would snatch whatever pieces they could, again to bring prosperity to their own marriage.

When the 16th century rolled around, a famous French chef was shocked at the tasteless, uncreative, and boring sweet buns used for weddings. He returned to France where he created a multi-tier of buns, smothered with icing. Now the bride, groom, and guests could simply cut into the cake and enjoy its delicious, mouth-watering taste.

Today, the throwing of cakes, breaking of wheat loaves on the bride's heads, and scrambling for crumbs has been replaced with gorgeous cakes decorated beautifully. Cakes are made with many different flavors such as white, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, carrot, black walnut, lemon, and many other custom flavors. Cakes are also decorated with cake toppings, fresh flowers, fresh fruit, fountains, and much more. Although the flavors and appearance has dramatically changed, the cake still symbolizes fertility and prosperity.

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