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 Post subject: Re: Wedding Presents - Royal, CS and Others
PostPosted: 27 May 2018, 11:09 
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My father, forty plus years ago adapted this to the Jewish tradition and put part of the wedding cake away for his oldest son's circumcision ceremony. Three girls and forty years later I suspect that it is still somewhere in the loft...

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 Post subject: Re: Wedding Presents - Royal, CS and Others
PostPosted: 27 May 2018, 11:27 
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Good heavens, Miriam - that really would be a family relic, if so!


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Wasn't there an episode of GGBO where Mel had a bit of Queen Victoria's wedding cake?

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I have a "typical" three-tiered wedding cake in the confectioner's shop in Small Worlds. We have to explain it to the Czechs, and we include the tradition of saving a tier for the christening of the first baby.

We then found that we needed to also print out a recipe because people couldn't understand how a cake could possibly keep long enough.

"Lots of alcohol" we tell them :D

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 Post subject: Re: Wedding Presents - Royal, CS and Others
PostPosted: 28 May 2018, 03:34 
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I know William and Kate kept three tiers of their wedding cake presumably in the hope they could be used at future christenings. Did this mean they always planned to have three children?


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PostPosted: 28 May 2018, 07:43 
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It's a long time since I saw or received a little box with a piece of wedding cake in it - I had almost forgotten that tradition. I wonder if anyone still keeps the top tier of their wedding cake (has to be fruit cake) for the christening party of their first child? The original icing would be scraped off and the cake re-iced.

In France, the wedding guests receive little bags of sugared almonds.


We were married in 1986 and my mother made and decorated the wedding cake. We kept the top layer with the idea that we'd use it as a christening cake and then realised that neither of us wanted to have kids so we ate the cake - minus the icing - a few years later. We also had the little bags with wedding cake for all of our guests.

My mother used the top tier of her wedding cake for my christening cake in 1960. I think it's a lovely tradition


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lizco wrote:
It's a long time since I saw or received a little box with a piece of wedding cake in it - I had almost forgotten that tradition. I wonder if anyone still keeps the top tier of their wedding cake (has to be fruit cake) for the christening party of their first child? The original icing would be scraped off and the cake re-iced.

In France, the wedding guests receive little bags of sugared almonds.


We still receive little boxes of cakes at Sri Lanakan weddings. As guests tend to be in the 100s, the cake would have to be massive for eeryone to get a slice. Usually there is a cake to be cut by the couple (sometimes only the bottom tier is real)-this is only served to close friends/ amily. All the guests (and sometimes those invited but who can't make it) receive a boxed sice of "rich" cake. This cake is a cross between christmas pud and fruit cake (I'm fairly certain it's an adaptation of christmas cake). Rich cake also doubles as christmas cake. We used to get sugared almonds as wedding favours, but that seems to no longer be the fashion.

I wonder if war wedding couples would haev received much/any wedding presents (e.g. Frieda & Bruno)? Joey's wedding gufts aer mentioned years later, but realistically would presents from say, England, even have reached the Maynards?

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mrs helston wrote:
I wonder if war wedding couples would haev received much/any wedding presents (e.g. Frieda & Bruno)? Joey's wedding gufts aer mentioned years later, but realistically would presents from say, England, even have reached the Maynards?


Joey and Jack marry soon after the Anschluss (which happened in March 1938). I expect that they married in England, not the Channel Islands - and moved to Guernsey after the San opened there - which must have been shortly before WWII started (September 1939). The triplets are born in November 1939, so they must have been married by February 1939 at the latest.


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PostPosted: 28 May 2018, 10:14 
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There's a good description of wedding cake in little boxes at the beginning od Clover

Katy gets 500 little boxes as she plans to send to "everyone in Burnet - all the poor people I mean, and the old people and the children at the Home and all Papa's patients" as well as all the Hillsover girls and all the wedding guests. She gets the boxes from a factory which charges $10 per thousand, no idea what that would have been then.


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500?! I'd love to know how big Katy and Ned's cake was!

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It might have been the biggest part of the wedding! I am in the middle of a re-read of the Katy and Carr books and love the inter-action between the sisters about Katy's wedding. Clover wants everything the best for her sister and the day to be perfectly organised but Katy has other ideas:

"Please do not be vexed; but I have always hated the ordinary kind of wedding, with its fuss and worry and so much of everything, and just like all the other weddings, and the bride looking tired to death, and nobody enjoying it a bit. I'd like mine to be different and more, more real. I don't want any show or processing about but just to have things nice and pretty, and all the people I love and who love me come to it, and nothing cut and dried, and nobody tired, and to make it a sort of dear, loving occasion, with leisure to realize how dear it is and what it all means".

Katy is definitely my kind of girl!


Clover gradually comes round somewhat reluctantly to Katy's thinking but it is interesting that even in those days there was some pressure on brides and an element of competition in weddings.


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500?! I'd love to know how big Katy and Ned's cake was!



It's described as "big square loaves" which they cut up for the boxes, don't think there's any mention of an actual cake to cut at the wedding. She says all the wedding guests will get one of the little boxes, so maybe no big cake.


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500?! I'd love to know how big Katy and Ned's cake was!



It's described as "big square loaves" which they cut up for the boxes, don't think there's any mention of an actual cake to cut at the wedding. She says all the wedding guests will get one of the little boxes, so maybe no big cake.


I really hope it was, because otherwise it would have to be a monumental cake for a gentle low- key wedding! A 12" square fruit cake should yield around 140 pieces (1" square), so she could have stacked 12,11,10,9,8 and 7" cakes to have enough! And if it were sponge cake, which American wedding cakes usually are, I believe, she would need twice as much :shock: :D


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Katy's ideas are similar to Meg March who wants a quiet homely wedding. Also Madge who gets married in a classroom - as an ex-teacher, I find that very odd. Perhaps plain wedding cakes were made for the purpose of sending pieces out as well as a highly decorated for display.


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At Taiwanese weddings, people on the Bride's side get cake to take home! Traditionally, it's a very dense cake round that's filled with an egg yolk or red bean filling, modern style can be a box of assorted cookies.

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I went to a Chinese wedding once - I was very surprised when the cake wasa sponge rather than fruit cake which I'd expected. This was about 1966, since then cakes have aften not been fruit ones


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My mum and her partner got married on Friday, they had a three-tier cake and the bottom tier was chocolate sponge while the middle and top tiers were ordinary sponge. Then they forgot to distribute it after the cake cut money shot, so I have to do a grand tour of Scotland distributing it to the various groups of guests who were there. And let's just say cake-cutting is not a talent of mine, by the time I'd finished sawing it into pieces I had a miscellaneous mixture of doorstops and mini squares. :lol:

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When I got married in 1994 we kept the top tier of our cake and ate it on our one year anniversary. It was delicious.


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We saved the top tier of our wedding cake, but unfortunately it attracted fruit flies and had to be thrown out before our daughter was born!

When she, in her turn, married, one of the tiers of her wedding cake was sponge, in case anybody didn't like fruit cake, which was thoughtful.


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Doot wrote:
ivohenry wrote:
Alison H wrote:
500?! I'd love to know how big Katy and Ned's cake was!



It's described as "big square loaves" which they cut up for the boxes, don't think there's any mention of an actual cake to cut at the wedding. She says all the wedding guests will get one of the little boxes, so maybe no big cake.


I really hope it was, because otherwise it would have to be a monumental cake for a gentle low- key wedding! A 12" square fruit cake should yield around 140 pieces (1" square), so she could have stacked 12,11,10,9,8 and 7" cakes to have enough! And if it were sponge cake, which American wedding cakes usually are, I believe, she would need twice as much :shock: :D


They cut up the "big square loaves" - which were fruit cake - in advance and put them in the boxes and stashed them away. There may have been a cake to cut at the weding but I don't think it gets mentioned.


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