The History of Wedding Cakes…

Wedding cakes have been a part of the wedding planning process for years, but date back to the mid-17th century.  During this era wedding cakes were known as the “bride’s pie”.  These pies were presented to brides for them to place a glass ring in them.  Everyone in attendance were expected to eat the dessert, as it was rude if they did not, and the young woman who found the ring was said to be the next married.  Similar to today’s bouquet toss.

wedding-brides-pie-old-traditionsEventually, the pie turned into cake that was normally fruit based and became the wedding cake we have today.  They also started to be covered in white icing as a sign of purity and virginity.  The white icing became known as royal icing after Queen Victoria used the white icing to decorate their cake.

There were many traditions that involved the earlier versions of cake too.  The women of Ancient Rome had bread broken over their heads.  This symbolized good fortune for the couple.  Cakes were stacked as high as they possibly could be for the groom and bride to stand and kiss over in Medieval England.  If they were able to kiss it meant that had a prosperous future.  8c9c84cb8616010f1b31bad8063e9794

Our cake today became mainstream in 1882 thanks to Prince Leopold, the Duke of Albany.  His wedding was the first time the cake was fully edible.  Wedding cakes did not have pillars or things between the tiers until around 1902.  Normally covered in white icing the pillars symbolized prosperity and served as a status symbol for the wealthy part of society.  

Wedding cakes also served as the center of superstition at weddings and still do today.  Traditionally, in American weddings young women were invited to pull ribbons that were attached to the bottom layer of the cake.  Only one ribbon contained a charm or ring and whoever got the charm would be the next person to marry.  In other countries, like Rome, the wedding cake was broken over the bride’s head to ensure fertility and bring good fortune to the couple.  Some people today think that eating the crumbs of the wedding cake will give them good luck because the wedding cake symbolizes happiness and good life to the newlywed couple.

Wedding cakes have a rich and tasty history and are continuing to change and modernize.  Make our wedding cakes a part of your memorable day!!13886500_1761114564108723_5185750546091900456_n14900594_1796126500607529_3113002419380201199_n

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The Royal Icing Recipe That’ll Make Your Cookies Look Fit For a Queen

Ever wonder what it takes to give your cookies that professionally piped look? Well, it’s all about the icing! No matter your piping level, whether beginner or expert, the wrong icing will make anyone’s cookie look a mess! Here’s a recipe for the perfect royal icing to get you piping like a pro: Royal Icing Recipe.

For different consistencies, simply adjust the amount of water you add to the mixture. To give your icing a pop of color, it’s highly recommended that you use gel or powder coloring as to not effect the texture of the mixture. Don’t be afraid to test your mixture on a piece of parchment first.

Now that you’ve got your royal icing ready to go, put it in a bag and get to piping! With the holidays just around the corner this is the perfect time to put your recipe to work. Break out some festive cookie cutters and start creating! Let your royally iced cookies be the highlight of your dessert table at the next holiday party. With thanksgiving just around the corner, this recipe will definitely give you something to be thankful for!

Here’s a look at some of our cookies available for purchase this Thanksgiving season:

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Happy Halloween… El Día De Los Muertos!

Happy Halloween from The Little Baker! 😉

We hope your holiday is full of sweet treats, funny frights, and many memories!

Halloween has been a huge past time for the United States and profitable for the candy companies! Our holiday is based on El Día de Los Muertos. This day is meant to celebrate your ancestors and life. Their holiday is plentiful with celebrations, family, costumes, libations, and food.

In the U.S. our candy is a substitute for El Día de Los Muertos sweet treats.

On October 31st, people enjoy Pan de Muerto. It’s a sweet, egg-rich bread referred to as the “bread of the dead” and children enjoy sugar skulls. That’s right they’re not just Halloween costumes!

Chocolate and Pumpkin candy are also pivotal in their consumption of alcohol. These ingredients often appear in their cocktails during the holiday.

Their holiday isn’t too different from ours, but they enjoy their sweets differently. This Halloween be brave and try the Pan de Muerto. Find the recipe here!

As the holiday season continues don’t forget to make our sweet treats a part of your day!

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Happy Halloween!! Boo!!