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May 14, 2010

Wedding Traditions to Trends with Pies

Category: Wedding Cakes – Tags: , – Matt Ward – 8:51 am
Wedding Pies

Wedding Pies

Fruit pies or tarts (pasties) where probably first made in the 1500s. English tradition credits making the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I.

Fruitcakes have been holiday and wedding cakes which have a very heavy fruit content. The name “fruitcake” can be traced back only as far as the Middle Ages. It is formed from a combination of the Latin fructus, and French frui or frug.

I remember as a child that having a wedding cake was the cake of choice…much like the Christmas cakes that were baked. My aunt was a wonderful fruit cake baker and was called on to make the fruit cake for many Weddings. I always hoped I would have my dreams as a young woman. (No I didn’t get one, she died before I got married)

Times have changed along with the idea of no longer having a fruit cake to cakes and now Pies have been seen as the trend setter for weddings; including Grooms pies and many other occasions.

The phrase “As American as Apple pie” is thought to have been invented by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Pies, have been traditionally known as hardy food staple in many countries, which have been were more known as savory and sweet.

As years and centuries have moved along many traditions have changed as well. The Groom’s cake is a fairly new tradition.

In the southern states this new tradition began to give the groom his own cake, a special edition to make his presence known. In a lot of weddings the bride does everything and plans everything, so the groom is often left only a small part of the actual wedding. So the tradition of having a cake that in some way symbolizes what the groom is interested in or likes came about to make a special tribute to him. Some have cakes designed like baseballs, some have it in the shape of an animal (remember Steel Magnolias?).

Every origin has it’s own tradition when it comes to weddings and what Brides want to serve.

Fairly recently, some bridal parties are choosing to have something different instead of cake at the wedding. Mostly people would rather have something else and why not? Just because you get married, and cake isn’t your cup of tea or favorite choice of dessert, why not start your own tradition?

One of the latest trends is serving pies or tarts rather than cake. As we get older, I am finding that people would rather have pie than cake at a wedding. Some people don’t even like cake and decide to adopt something different. Groom’s pie is served usually at the rehearsal dinner.

When a Bride and Groom slice the pie together at their Wedding it’s symbolizes they both share the responsibilities of their marriage, to have a long life, of love and prosperity together.

There are a few bakeries like Sedona Pies that are offering pies as a delicious alternative for your Wedding or any other celebration you are having. As far as toppers, decorating the pies can be created just like a cake is. What most bakeries are seeing ..traditions are changing bridal parties want to have a choice.

Have your Pie and eat it too!

Written by Mari-Lyn Harris of Sedona Pies aka The Pie Princess, she can be reached at: 510-564-7880 or visit “Serve your Wedding Guests with Exquisite Pies.”

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