Catering to Baked Wedding Traditions From Around the World

Breaking the bread at a Russian wedding in Asheville

From the breaking of the bread to cutting the cake, baked food traditions for weddings are steeped in symbolism for the newlywed couple. Whether your family is from the South and looking for the best Southern-style wedding cake in Asheville, or you have guests traveling from another continent for your Asheville destination wedding, let Celine & Company make it a night filled with your family’s favorite baked food. Celine & Company’s in-house pastry chef Rebecca Millsapps is experienced and talented at her trade, and enjoys preparing either traditional or unique baked items for clients. For some of our dessert examples from previous menus, click here or keep reading for some of our favorite baked wedding food traditions from around the world. 

Wedding Reception Begins with the Breaking of the Bread

We’re kicking off the list with the breaking of the bread. Originally from Bulgarian culture, the breaking of the bread happens at the beginning of the reception. The mother of the bride hands the newlyweds the loaf for them to tug on. Whoever gets the larger chunk is considered the “boss” of the marriage. In this tradition, the mother of the bride bakes the bread before the wedding. However, Celine & Company stands ready to assist. We can use our own bread loaf recipe, or yours! We often experience and are accustomed to the whole family participating in the days leading up to the wedding. We are honored when a client wants to share their family’s favorite recipes with our kitchen staff. Let us know beforehand, and we look forward to scheduling a time for you to come down to our kitchen and teach us your ways. 
Should You Do a “Princess” Cake Or Groom’s Cake? 

In Sweden, weddings often include the elegant traditional Prinsesstarta cake, or “”Princess” cake. This decadent wedding cake consists of alternating layers or jam, pastry cream, and sponge cake with a thick top layer of whipped cream. The layers are wrapped in marzipan, traditionally dyed light green, and adorned with a pink marzipan rose and powdered sugar. Meanwhile, in the American South, it has become a tradition to allow the groom to design the wedding cake. The groom’s design does not usually include princesses, but more often includes football team logos, the groom’s home state, favorite animal, or—even—a “stacked donut” cake. We love these images of Groom’s cakes. Note: although we do not bake wedding cakes in-house, Celine & Company has worked closely with a number of local wedding cake bakeries and has solid recommendations that are sure to exceed our client’s expectations. 

“Happily Married” Wedding Favors 

In Brazil, bem casados (“happily married”) are delicious little cookies that are traditionally given to guests as wedding favors. Consisting of two small sponge cake disks with dulce de leche in the middle, bem casados send off your wedding guests with a tasty treat and beautiful symbolism for the married couple. Contact Celine & Company Catering and Events in Asheville to discuss your cultural wedding or other traditional event. We look forward to hearing about your culture’s food traditions and how we can help you keep them alive and well. 

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