My personal chat with Marco Pierre White…

A little while ago I had the pleasure of taking my Mum-In-Law to Marco Pierre White’s Grand Opening of his  restaurant Wheelers.  And, not only did I have the pleasure of eating his gastronomique food but I also had a personal ten minute chat with him {I know, a whole ten minutes} discussing Alice In Weddingland, my inspiration and the history of food.

And it was really interesting!  Marco Pierre White, I have to tell you is the sweetest, most interesting man: nothing like the F Word character.  He has so many stories to tell and is extremely knowledgable (as you can imagine) on food and I found it all so extraordinarily interesting.

Marco Pierre White really loves to chat!!!  And amongst the things we chatted about, was the history of the wedding cake which took me by surprise.

The alternative wedding cake and humble beginnings

The wedding cake started off as a small cake of wheat which was a sign for fertility and prosperity, and in a ritual performed during the ceremony, the cake was thrown at the Bride.  Ouch! Then the Romans cleverly mixed wheat and salt together and made small cakes and the Groom would eat part of a cake during the ceremony, then promptly break the rest over his brides head. {I kid you not!}.  This was taken as a sign of good luck and so the wedding guests, wanting a share in that luck, would scramble for crumbs of the bread and hence the beginnings of the sharing of the wedding cake.

Then, as you can imagine, as the wedding cake evolved into the traditional version of what we see today, it became somewhat impractical to break this much harder version over the Brides head {phew}… And that’s just the beginning! The rest of the history of how the tiers were born and more goes on and on and is really interesting but I don’t have time for that today 🙂

Instead, the new alternative wedding cake now comes in an unimaginable amount of styles, colours, shapes and sizes.  Out is the fruit, or the half fruit, half chocolate which it was when I got married ten years ago, and in are the Big Cheese, the truffle, the cupcake, the real fruit and more.  I am delighted to show you just a few of on the wedding blog today…


A little delicious looking aren’t they?  It’s wonderful to see such personality, fun and individuality being emphasised in wedding cake designs today.  You really can create anything you want to.  And it doesn’t even have to be fruit cake anymore!!!  Your wedding cake is a centrepiece, but don’t forget it’s also a part of your story as Bride and Groom.  Just be careful not to break it over any heads! 🙂


I’ve never followed trends as I disliked being just one of the crowd so my love for things that are different, unusual, beautiful and stylistic that I’d had all my life transformed into Alice in Weddingland.

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