Why do we save the top tier of a wedding cake?

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Have your ever wondered why, when you mention a wedding cake, people ask if you would like to save the top tier? We went and looked into why for some Lockdown reading.

Top tier redecorated for the Christening

Commonly, in the UK a  traditional wedding cake was made of three tiers of boozy rich fruit cake. The bottom layer was cut at the reception, the middle one was distributed to guests and well-wishers. After this, then the top tier of the cake was kept to use during the christening celebration for the bride and grooms first child, which everyone believed would come within the year following the wedding.

Nowadays, it’s a less common to have an entire wedding cake made in fruit, but tradition of preserving the top tier for the christening or even the first anniversary is still a popular choice for newlyweds.

There’s an element of sentiment and the superstition of good luck and prosperity that is believed to occur when couples enjoy a piece of their cake one year later. Some say it’s simply a way to bring a literal piece of your wedding day into your lives again on a momentous, celebratory occasion.

Traditional fruit cake is the best type of cake to preserve as it has a long shelf life, and unlike most other flavours it tastes better as it matures. If the fruit cake is not going to be eaten within six to nine months, it is best to freeze it to preserve it for longer. You can’t freeze traditional standard cake.

Through our experience over the years, Elite Marquees can recommend a number of cake makers to help create the perfect cake centre piece for your big day.

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