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When the speeches and toasts are over, it’s time to cut the cake.

This is one of the last traditional photo moments of the day. Time was, that the cake was cut by the bride alone; a symbolic act representing her loss of virginity. Ah well, times move on.

These days, both the bride and the groom hold the knife. His hand is placed over hers and the knife makes a cut into the cake. Hard iced cakes are usually pre-cut to avoid toppling under pressure, so the couple need only make a gesture of cutting the cake. However, as most cakes today are decorated with fondant or soft icing over sponge bases, it’s rare for mishaps or accidents to occur.

When it comes to distributing the cake, you could leave it to the waiting staff, or ask your bridesmaids and ushers to be dutiful. But, when doing it yourselves, it’s becomes a really nice opportunity to get around to everyone and spend a moment or two with them; something that is rarely possible otherwise.

It’s usual to post a piece of cake in a pretty box to any friends and relatives who were unable to attend. It’s worth remembering that sponge will not travel long distance and during vigorous transit through a Royal Mail journey, some damage may be inevitable. So, perhaps it’s better to send miniature cakes that are individually iced for protection and correctly parceled with a FRAGILE sticker.

Storing Your Wedding Cake

The original icing will help to keep the cake in good heart but, depending how long you store it, icing will invariably suffer some discolouration and need replacing. It’s not that difficult to remove icing and replace it with fresh, still having the original cake in tact and fresh enough to eat.

There are several ways of storing a cake and the more alcohol it has in it, the better it will keep.

Freezing is one option, but Just The Wedding’s Cordon Bleu cook says it can cause a rich fruit cake to dry out. If you want to try freezing, wrap the cake tightly in foil, then put it in two or even three freezer bags. When it comes to defrosting, defrost it slowly in the fridge, still inside it’s wrapping. Another method is to wrap the cake in acid-free tissue paper, then store it in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. But if you’re hoping to keep the cake for several years, it’s probably best not to bother. Eat it all at your wedding and treat yourself to a fresh one for a christening that might be some years distant.

Wedding Cupcakes - A Little Piece Of Heaven

Big Sex and the City fans will appreciate cup cakes with all that gooey sugary icing. If you’re not fazed by the threat of a stampede to the table where they’re served, treat everyone to a wedding cupcake in all flavours and fancy icing. It will be a big hit with all those who own sweet teeth and an opportunity to enjoy sumptuous decadence. If you can’t run to treating all the wedding guests, don’t miss out; just arrange a delivery to your hen party for the girls to eat while drinking their Cosmopolitans.

Flyers used to transatlantic crossings and having a choc ice served when watching the in-flight video, will think you’re nothing short of wonderful if you open up an icebox laden with ice cream cones and lollies of every type. All that’s required now is to add your chocolate fountain to the amenities and guests will start to wonder if they’ve died and gone to confectionery heaven.

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