We are in full swing with wedding consults for excited brides and grooms, starting the planning process. This makes me think about some of my favorite wedding cake traditions. So many traditions are rooted in Ireland. So, here’s your wedding cake history lesson with a few extras added in for fun.
The traditional Irish wedding cake is a rich whiskey soaked fruitcake, frosted with almond paste icing. It is customary to save the top layer of the cake to serve at the christening of the first baby, which traditionally was expected to be within a year of the wedding. Additionally, single women could take home a slice of wedding cake to place under their pillows, which was said to bring a dream of their future husband.
To make sure that the top tier of the wedding cake was needed for a future christening, the newlyweds drank a traditional honey mead, called Bunratty Meade. It was a honeyed wine believed to promote fertility. For the first month of their marriage, the newlyweds continued to drink of the special meade. The honeymoon sprung from this ancient custom; the “honey” was for the meade and the “moon” represented the full lunar month the newlyweds spent in seclusion. The origins of the custom may not be entirely romantic; it was believed that if the meade did its job and the couple conceived a baby within that first month, no one could then contest their union and try to tear them apart.
To honor our oversea neighbors in green, we will be featuring our Irish Cream Cheesecake and to celebrate another March day, our birthday girl Kim has picked her favorite cake for the month, Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cake .
May The Luck of the Irish be with you,
Joe “The Cake Guy”
CAKE OF THE MONTH – Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Cake
CHEESECAKE OF THE MONTH – Irish Cream Cheesecake
Joe’s boutique bakery is a local favorite for cake creations, made exclusively at the Landmark Inn. His confections may be enjoyed in our restaurants or picked up to go. His specialty sweets can enhance any occasion. The style and quality of Joe’s one-of-a-kind wedding cakes and specialty desserts will leave your guests raving. Let Joe elevate your celebration by creating your own personalized sweet ending. Call 906-315-8116 to place your order today.