#YourBigDay – Around The World In Wedding Cakes
You picked a classic three-tier cake for our #YourBigDay couple Jodie and Tim. But would you go traditional or unique for your own wedding? Here’s how they do wedding cakes across the globe, in case you need some inspiration…
Norway – Fortune-telling wine cake
Actual name – Kransekake
This Norweigian wedding cake is made up of a tower of iced almond rings built around a wine bottle, giving guests an extra treat after they’ve scoffed the whole thing. It’s traditional for the bride and groom to lift up the top layer, and however many rings are stuck to the layer is how many children they’ll end up with. Fact.
France – Giant fruity profiterole tower
Actual name – Croquembouche
At French weddings, they swap cake for croquembouche – a tower of cream-filled pasty puffs which you can dip into a variety of sweet sauces. The tower is decorated with fruit, nuts, glazes and chocolate for some extra deliciousness. This one will definitely make an impressive centrepiece for your buffet table…
Caribbean – Rum cake
Every Caribbean island has its own version of the rum cake – so you’ll have to visit them all to try every one. The darker the cake, the more rum it has in it, so be prepared for the after effects. Some people even soak the fruit in rum for a year, which is certainly one way to get your guests on the dancefloor.
Malaysia – Multi-coloured layer cake
Actual name – Sarawak layer cake or Kek Lapis
This colourful creation is like a work of art and puts the common Battenberg to shame. The rule is – each cake must include at least two different coloured layers, but the fanciest of Kek Lapis incorporate swirls, patterns and colours you didn’t even know existed. We’d love to see this one recreated on Bake-Off.
Australia – The Alternative Cheese Cake
If you’re not really a dessert fan, there’s no need to fork out for a fancy cake on your wedding day. You can still stick roughly to tradition with three tiers of cheese in a cake shape instead. Just make sure you go for vintage cheddar and brie over Darilee and Babybells.