What Makes a Wedding Cake? Descriptive Essay by Nicky

A concise overview of the history and present day incarnations of the wedding cake.
# 145844 | 1,555 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2010 in Nutrition (Food) , History (General)

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This paper focuses on the traditional wedding cake, outlining its evolution as related to cultural traditions, famous cake designers, and decorating techniques. By way of history, the paper explains that the origin of the wedding cake is generally accepted to have been in the Roman tradition, in which each guest brought a small cake to the wedding. The cakes were then stacked on the table in levels and layers, the paper continues, and if the bride and groom could manage to kiss over the top of the levels of wedding cakes, then it was said to be good luck. The paper adds that the American culture in regards to the wedding cake is much like the British custom in that the wedding cake is actually a prop for the wedding part. The paper concludes by outlining the decorative elements of the traditional wedding cake.

The History of Wedding Cakes
The First Wedding Cakes (Ancient Rome)
Medieval England
19th Century
Present Day
Cultural Customs and Traditions
International Customs
American Customs
Famous Cake Designers
American Cake Designers
Duff Goldman
Colette Peters
Decorating Techniques

From the Paper:

"Goldman was trained as a pastry chef at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and later worked for the French Laundry restaurant in Napa. He was also the executive pastry chef at the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa in Colorado. Goldman baked bread for Todd English's Olives in Washington D.C. as well. However, it was the cake business which Goldman began in his home kitchen that he is famous for and this is likely because his primary "cake making implements" include "a drill press and arc welder." (LaFleur, 2008)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Charlsey, Simon (nd ) Wedding Cakes and Cultural History. Taylor and Francis. Google Books Online available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=cDLkutg_8y4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=wedding+cake+history&lr=&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0#PPR1,M1
  • LaFleur, Jennifer (2008) Musician-handyman-baker Duff Goldman Doesn't Do Mundane Cakes. Life/Travel Food. Online available at: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/fea/taste/ stories/DN-nf_aceofcakes_0109liv.ART.State.Edition1.378b788.html
  • Caplan, Patricia (1997) Food, Health, and Identity. Routledge 1997. Online Google Books Available at: http://books.google.com/books?id=BQNo4iK0QRAC&dq=wedding+cake+history&lr=&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
  • Colette Peters (nd) Colette's Cakes Website. Online available at: http://www.colettescakes.com/about_cc.html

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