Traditionally the cake that is served after the dinner at wedding receptions is called a wedding cake, it is like a Hawaiian Wedding Cake at our previous post. In the modern cultures however, wedding cakes are kept on display and served to all the guests during the reception. While in the olden times, wedding cakes were believed to bring good luck to the couple and all the guests, nowadays they are seen as an integral part of any wedding decoration ideas. In fact, in some cases they are made with only one edible layer that is shared between the bride and the groom.
While there are different varieties of wedding cakes, the French wedding cake has always caught the imagination of those who want to add a piece of French glamor to their weddings irrespective of wherever they are around the globe. This wedding cake is traditionally called as a Croquembouche. It is a cone shaped tower of puff pastry balls that are cream filled. These balls are heaped to form a high pyramid. Threads of caramelized sugar are used to encircle the pyramid and bind the balls. Croquembouche can roughly be translated as “crunch in the mouth” and gets the name from the sugar.
The crème can be made of a variety of standard flavors like pistachio, vanilla, orange and caramel. For those who want something different vanilla-bourbon cream with the smallest hint of aged rum can be used for flavoring. This cake can be decorated in many ways. Sugar, icing, chocolates, candy ribbons or almonds are some of the items that are used to decorate it. But the cone shaped cake opens up lot of avenues for creative decoration. Traditional boundaries can be pushed by decorating it with sugar strings flowing down the sides of the pyramid. Sugar designs can be poured to add a bit of a drama to the sides of the cake. Flowers like roses can be used to good effect in this process. They can be pinned on the sides in a flowing motion or placed right at the top.
In the traditional style of wedding, this cake is usually displayed as the centerpiece of the decorations and will be kept throughout the reception. Those who want to add a Parisian touch to the wedding can arrange for the cake to be carried out to the center amidst fanfare and music that is accompanied by special fireworks called scintillants.
Irrespective of how they are made and presented during the wedding, it is fact that French wedding cakes bring a dash of romance and glamor to the wedding.