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Wedding cakes have been a longstanding tradition in many cultures around the world, and there are various historical and symbolic reasons for their presence at weddings. Let's explore the rich history and significance of wedding cakes.

The Sweet Tradition of why we have Wedding Cakes

Weddings are celebrated with a plethora of traditions and customs, each carrying its own symbolic significance. Among these, the wedding cake stands as a delicious and iconic centrepiece, symbolising love, unity, and joy. In this blog, we will delve into the fascinating history and reasons why wedding cakes have become an essential part of the marital celebration.

The Historical Origins

The tradition of having a wedding cake dates back centuries, with its roots in ancient Rome. In Roman times, weddings featured a special cake made of wheat or barley, which was broken over the bride's head as a symbol of fertility and good fortune. Guests would then gather to eat the crumbs for good luck.

What does a wedding cake symbolise?

Wedding cakes are more than just a dessert, they are a symbol of many aspects of marriage:

1. Unity
The act of cutting the cake together symbolises the couple's unity and shared future. This tradition dates back to the Roman Empire and signifies the couple's first task together as a married couple.

2. Purity and Wholeness
The white icing traditionally used on wedding cakes symbolises purity and the beginning of a new life together.

3. Fertility
The tradition of saving the top tier for the first anniversary is believed to bring good luck and fertility to the couple. This tradition has evolved into the modern practice of freezing the top tier.

The Evolution of Wedding Cakes
Over time, wedding cakes have evolved both in design and flavour. They have become artistic creations, reflecting the couple's personalities and style. From traditional multi-tiered cakes to more modern designs featuring cupcakes, macarons, or even donuts, the possibilities are endless. The choice of flavour has also expanded beyond the classic fruitcake to include options like chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, and more.

Cultural Variations
Different cultures have their own unique traditions and styles of wedding cakes. For example, in some Asian cultures, red is a popular colour for wedding cakes, symbolising luck and prosperity. In contrast, Scandinavian countries often feature "Kransekake," (Wreath Cake) a tower-like cake made of almond paste rings.

A grand, deep red, gold and ivory wedding cake
Indian wedding cake, combining the culture (photo credits- Spotyphoto)

The Role of Wedding Cake Toppers

Another fun aspect of wedding cakes is the cake topper. These figurines or decorations on top of the cake often represent the couple and their interests. From classic bride-and-groom figurines to personalised, quirky toppers, they add a personal touch to the cake.

The Modern Wedding Cake as a Gorgeous Centrepiece

In today's weddings, the wedding cake isn't just a tasty treat; it's also a beautiful centrepiece that makes the wedding venue even more special.

Matching the Wedding Theme
Couples often make their wedding cakes fit with the overall look and feel of their wedding. If they're having a beach wedding, the cake might have seashell decorations. For a rustic barn wedding, they might use edible flowers and burlap. And for a fancy city wedding, the cake could have shiny accents to match.

Personal Touch

People like to put a personal touch on their cakes. That means they might include things they love or stories from their relationship. So, the cake can be a piece of art that's unique to the couple.

Adding a love story and making each wedding cake unique to you and your story
Intricate detailing adding that extra touch of personality

Looking Great

Wedding cakes today aren't just delicious; they're also really good-looking. They have lots of layers, cool designs on the outside, and pretty colours to make everyone say "wow."

Matching the Place
The cake gets picked to look great with the wedding location. If it's a modern art gallery, the cake might be sleek and simple. If it's a barn in the countryside, the cake could be more rustic and have a rough look.
I am truly honoured to be a part of the Stapleford Park family, and look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you to create a wedding day that surpasses your expectations. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me to explore how I can make your wedding even more enchanting.

Other Desserts
Some couples skip the big cake and have lots of other desserts, like cupcakes, fancy cookies, and donuts. These dessert tables are fun and tasty and can be a cool focus at the wedding.

Dummy Wedding Cakes: A Beautiful Display

Recently, many couples have started using dummy wedding cakes. These are fake cakes that look just like real ones. Although you can't eat them, they serve a cool purpose. Couples choose dummy cakes for their stunning appearance, saving a small part for a real cake to cut and serve. This way, they can have an amazing looking cake without sacrificing taste. Guests get real cake from a separate one or other desserts. Dummy cakes show how couples can have both a beautiful centre piece and delicious cake at their wedding. It's a smart way to combine tradition and modern style.

In today's weddings, the cake is more than just something sweet to eat; it's like a piece of art that shows who the couple is and makes the wedding place look awesome. It's the centerpiece that's both delicious and a feast for the eyes, making the wedding day even more special and unforgettable.

The tradition of having wedding cakes has stood the test of time, evolving and adapting to reflect the changing tastes and customs of each era. Today, the wedding cake continues to symbolise unity, purity, and new beginnings, and its presence at weddings adds a sense of grandeur and sweetness to the celebration. As couples continue to embrace both tradition and innovation, the wedding cake remains a cherished and delightful tradition in weddings around the world.

Creating Artful Luxury Wedding Cakes
My passion lies in crafting exquisite luxury wedding cakes, and my medium of choice is sugar paste, wafer/rice paper creations. Each cake I create is a work of art, a testament to the love and individuality of the couples I work with. What sets my cake designing apart is the deep collaboration I share with my clients. I strive to bring their cake dreams to life, ensuring that every detail, from design to flavour, reflects their unique love story.

Whether you're planning a classic white tiered cake or a contemporary dessert table filled with various sweet treats, the wedding cake will undoubtedly remain a beloved part of your special day, sweetening the start of your marital journey. As you plan your wedding, I invite you to have a deeper look at the wedding cakes I offer and explore the possibilities that can be crafted to make your day even more special. Please don't hesitate to enquire with me to discuss how I can create a cake that is not only a delightful treat but also a true embodiment of your love story, style, and vision.

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Updated: Oct 2, 2023

Luxury wedding cakes are exquisite, edible works of art that serve as a centre-piece for weddings and other lavish celebrations. These culinary masterpieces are crafted with the utmost care, attention to detail, and creativity, making them more than just dessert; they are a symbol of opulence and sophistication. Here are some key aspects to know about luxury wedding cakes.
Emerald green luxury wedding cake
Why are weeding cakes so expensive? (Image Steve Mulvey Photography)

Premium Ingredients:

Luxury wedding cakes are made using the finest and freshest ingredients available. From high-quality butter and farm-fresh eggs to pure vanilla extracts and top-tier chocolates, every component is carefully selected to ensure the utmost in flavour and quality.

Baking luxury wedding cakes using the highest quality ingredients
Quality ingredients

Custom Design:

What sets luxury wedding cakes apart is their custom design. They are tailor-made to reflect the couple's unique style, wedding theme, and personal preferences. Cake designers work closely with the couple to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is a visual representation of their love story.

Artistic Detail:

The level of artistry and craftsmanship involved in luxury wedding cakes is unparalleled. Cake decorators use various techniques, such as hand-painting, sugar art modelling- making intricate sugar flowers, wafer flowers using wafer paper, intricate piping, edible gold leaf, and sculpting, to transform cake layers into stunning works of edible art. Click here to find out what led me to luxury cake designing.

All wedding cake decorations is made intricately with sugar paste or wafer paper, making the flowers look like a work of Art!
Cakes by sugar creations by Dimple is an art (Image- Hannah Argyle photography)

Multi-Tiered Elegance:

Luxury wedding cakes are often multi-tiered, featuring multiple layers of cake, each with its own design or flavour. The tiers are meticulously stacked and decorated, creating a visually striking and grandiose appearance. Click here to see my gallery
attention to detail making sure every flower sits perfectly
Adjusting the positioning of my sugar flowers (Image- Hannah Argyle photography)

Flavour Variety:

These cakes offer a wide range of flavours and fillings to cater to the couple's tastes. Whether it's classic flavours like vanilla and chocolate or more exotic options like champagne-infused cake or lavender-infused buttercream, luxury wedding cakes delight the palate with a symphony of flavours.

Attention to Detail:

Every detail of a luxury wedding cake is thoughtfully considered, from the colour palette to the choice of flowers, ribbons, or other decorative elements. Couples often incorporate personal touches, such as monograms or symbols of significance.

Size and Serving:

Luxury wedding cakes can serve a large number of guests, with extra sheet cakes often hidden behind the scenes for easy serving. This ensures that all guests can enjoy a piece of the extravagant creation. Click here to see a guide on portion size.


Luxury wedding cakes are priced higher than standard wedding cakes due to the premium ingredients, labor-intensive design work, and overall attention to detail. However, couples who appreciate the artistry and uniqueness are willing to invest in these culinary masterpieces.

Showstopper Effect:

When a luxury wedding cake is unveiled at the reception, it often becomes a showstopper moment. Guests are in awe of the cake's beauty, and it serves as a focal point for photographs and admiration.

Memorable Experience:

Beyond the visual impact, luxury wedding cakes provide a memorable tasting experience. Couples and their guests savour not only the cake's beauty but also its delectable flavours, making it an integral part of the wedding celebration. Click here to read my testimonials.

Evolving Artistry:

As a luxury cake designer, I am committed to continually enhancing my skills and staying at the forefront of the wedding cake industry. Recently, I had the privilege of participating in a master class led by renowned cake artist Maggie Austin. This invaluable experience allowed me to further refine my techniques and explore the latest trends in cake design. To learn more about Maggie Austin and her incredible work, you can visit her website; Maggie Austin. If you're excited about the possibilities of luxury wedding cakes and want to discuss how we can make your dream cake a reality, don't hesitate to connect with me today.
In summary, luxury wedding cakes are not just desserts; they are expressions of love and artistry. These cakes represent the pinnacle of culinary craftsmanship and are a testament to the couple's commitment to creating a wedding celebration that is both beautiful and unforgettable.

Sugar Flowers: The Timeless Keepsake for Your Wedding:

Your wedding day is a celebration of love, an unforgettable moment filled with cherished details. Among these, sugar flowers stand out as exquisite adornments on your wedding cake, handcrafted with precision and artistry. The allure of sugar flowers lies not only in their immediate visual appeal but also in their enduring beauty. Unlike fresh flowers that wilt, sugar flowers remain pristine, preserving the essence of your special day. Imagine your wedding cake adorned with meticulously crafted sugar roses, peonies, or orchids. Each petal and leaf captures the essence of real flowers, serving as a symbol of your love and commitment. These sugar blooms become a lasting keepsake and memento, evoking memories whenever you see them. The value of sugar flowers extends further. They can be preserved as heirlooms, displayed in shadow boxes or framed as art, connecting generations to your love story. It's a tangible piece of your journey, a testament to enduring love. At Sugar Creations by Dimple, we craft sugar flowers that enhance your wedding cake's beauty and serve as timeless keepsakes. Choose sugar flowers to adorn your cake, and you're not just selecting an exquisite decoration; you're investing in a lasting symbol of your love story.

Incorporate sugar flowers into your wedding, and let their beauty become a cherished keepsake, a reminder of the love and joy you shared on your special day, and a timeless memento for generations to come.
Ready to turn your dream wedding cake into a delicious reality? Don't hesitate to reach out and connect with me today. Together, we can embark on a journey into the realm of luxury wedding cakes, where your vision my craftsmanship come together to create an unforgettable centre-piece for your special day. Let's make your dream cake a reality...

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Disco balls, silver sparkle and emerald green, does this shout out wedding bells? I was asked to create a green disco themed wedding cake, It was my first styled shoot and I was excited to venture out into something new to the market. This styled shoot was a success. The shoot shouted sheer luxury, elegance, party vibes and class, I can't wait to share my experiences of this beautiful styled shoot at Minstrel Court. Whether you want a luxurious outdoor wedding surrounded by luscious greenery and a dazzling lake, a rustic oak beamed barn or a combination of both, Minstrel Court has you covered.

Two stunning locations, the Meadow Chapel, with beautiful views of the fields around Wimpole Hall and the Lake Pavilion across the fairytale bridge on their very own lake.
Couple pictured outside the Lake Pavilion at Minstrel Court, where nature meets elegance and grace.

Luxury wedding and events planner Sam Beadle from Flutterbee Me Events, shared her mood board with me, it was green, black, silver and disco balls (I struggled to figure out how I could create a wedding cake to look elegant and fit into this theme, but I was determined and was going to make sure I did)!
It looked perfect, and matched the colours, florals and decor perfectly.
Mood borad for a styled shoot at Minstrel Court
Disco Modern twist mood board for styled shoot
The cake was made, using marbled fondant, hand crafted wafer flowers and rice paper sails in shades of green, with a sliver leaf foil divider to match with the disco balls. I was really happy with how everything tied in so well together. Along with the dummy cake, I made two real cakes, cakesicles and some French macarons which we were all able to share at the end of our long days hard work. The styled photo shoot was so much fun, everyone was really helpful and willing to work together, it was my first experience and I can say it was a great one. I am looking forward to participating in another one soon, or perhaps I could build up the courage to try and organise one myself one day.
Wedding cake elegantly made to suite the theme for a styled shoot for a wedding.
Modern Emerald green wedding cake
I make high end luxury, stylish and modern wedding cakes to compliment your wedding. I am passionate about creating hand crafted wafer and sugar flowers to dress your wedding cakes. Experimenting with colour and creating beautiful wedding cakes to match your theme is what I love to do most. I am friendly and approachable and will always do my best to go above and beyond to make sure I can create your dream wedding cake.
Below are images of other wedding industry suppliers who made this day happen. It was one of the most beautiful and unique styled photoshoots I had ever been to and all credit goes to the suppliers who were there on that day to make it happen.

Styled Photoshoot at Minstrel Court

A good team of professionals can create a magical event for your big day, I had so much fun spending the whole day with these talented suppliers we all had a ball. Looking at these photographs brings back good memories of what a fabulous day it was. Here are some of the wonderful suppliers I met that day.

Having a wedding planner in this day and age is essential in my opinion. They have all the right contacts and a lot of experience in planning a wedding. Take out the stress of organising a wedding. Sam from Flutterbee Me Events is an award winning wedding and events planner and loves to bring your dreams to life. She made sure she was working with us all the way through and was there on the day to take care of the venue
set up, suppliers and run the event to schedule.

A Vintage audio guestbook telephone box, not only looks amazing and sets the scene, but every guest can leave a personalised message for the bride and groom, instead of just leaving a written message in a guest book. Having the memories of the voices of your dearest friends and family is a memory you can treasure for life.

Stunning florals put together by Kim at Blooming Gorgeous. I just can’t imagine a wedding without beautiful flowers, they smelled divine and lasted the whole day. I even managed to predict and match her white Anemones flowers to the wafer flowers on my cake :)

A master hand engraver offering a unique and bespoke wedding engraving service. Wedding bands engraved right in front of you on your special day whilst you speak your wedding vows, is just unheard of and so original.
I just love this.

A celebrant is someone who will work closely with you to write a ceremony that will tell your unique love story. The whole ceremony is personalised and you will be able to write your own meaningful vows to each other. Kelly’s style is modern, fun and intimate, she will spend the time to really get to know you and will make your ceremony a moment that will never be forgotten.

Steve Mulvey Photography, a local photographer with years of experience. He has a relaxed and friendly approach which meant we all got the best out of the photo’s and the day, Steve was also a master with lighting to create these truly breathtaking shots.

Carl @sixeightvideo is a talented videographer who creates beautiful and meaningful footage for you to enjoy watching time and time again. Carl is known to be professional and has great attention to detail. A great shot of Carl taken by Steve Mulvey!

Wedding stationery will set the presence as it will be the first thing you will receive in the post for your wedding. Luxury wedding stationery created with personality.

Diane Hassall has a beautiful range of heels to show off on your wedding day. From full on pearly gorgeousness to flirty feathers, their designs will have you falling in love with their dream wedding heels.

Michelle your bridal stylist has the most beautiful bridal gowns. Lily Francis Bridal strives to help brides find their perfect wedding dress to make them feel confident and beautiful on their big day. Based within a converted grain barn, the boutique is nothing but relaxed and stress-free, bringing the fun and excitement to wedding dress shopping.

A great new icon trending in the wedding market, amazing video quality as well as beautifully lit photo’s. I can see this being so much fun and so many precious memories to treasure.

Anything from styling, lighting and prop hire, Jo at Stardust will have you covered. Jo went out of her way to nail the brief which transformed the styled shoot, it looked so grand.

A husband and wife team providing furniture and prop rentals. These glitzy disco balls were the star of our styled shoot!

“ I don’t just take photos, I make memories. My philosophy is that the key to creating exceptional photographs is by establishing a strong connection with my clients. By taking the time to get to know each individual, I am able to capture their unique personalities and create unforgettable moments that will be cherished for years to come, to document your most precious memories with skill and precision. Let's work together to create something truly special.”

There were a lot of amazing suppliers who were involved in this styled shoot, to see the full list see below...
To see more photos of this styled photoshoot click link to Pinterest:

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