Published at Thursday, September 12th, 2019 - 07:15:26 AM. Cake. By Pansy Cantin.
The added sweetness, fruits, minced cakes are from the ”Bride’s Pie” which became the norm in 19th century England. Sometimes that pie was even made from mutton, especially if the family was not of the elite or royal lineage, with wealth to have the sweet meats. By the late 19th century, the bride’s pie was out and single tiered plum cakes were the norm or trend of the day. It was not until much later when guest lists expanded that cake or wedding cake, earlier called the ”Bride’s Cake”, that layering started to become trendy. Initially the layers were just mock-ups, much like the mock or fake cakes of today in which it was all either hardened sugar or hardened frosting on the top layers. As you know the use of the fake cake is for pictures now and the first cut. Nowadays the fake cake after the first cut and pictures is taken to the kitchen or back room while the cuttings for the guests are taken from a sheet cake of the same frosting design. This is both for convenience and to keep the cost of the wedding cake down to a minimum.
Once all of your cakes have been baked and cooled, you can frost them. (Important tip: Loosen the parchment from the edges of the cake layers all the way around the pan.) Just like you did with the cake batter, it is important to evenly distribute the same amount of frosting between each cake layer (measure the amount that it takes to cover the layer) so that your cake is even and stays level. An inexpensive level from the local hardware store can help you.
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