Hawaiian Wedding Cakes
When one thinks of Hawaii, one always visualizes pictures of beautiful beaches, flowers and seashells. Hawaiian weddings are traditional and feature a lot of flower arrangements. The wedding is a reflection of Hawaiian culture, family values, etc. These days Hawaii is a prominent destination for weddings and honeymoons. A Hawaiian weddings cake represents tradition and symbolizes respect for the family and culture. Traditionally, these cakes are supposed to ensure luck, prosperity and happiness for the bridal couple.
A wedding cake has a prominent center place in the Hawaiian weddings. A wedding cake has a rich old tradition in Hawaii. These cakes symbolize the love, care and beauty of a couple's relationship. In olden times, each guest used to get one cup cake and all the cakes were stacked on a table. The couple had to kiss each other over the stack of cakes. Today the small cakes are gone and have been replaced with a big wedding cake. This tradition is said to bring good luck to the couple. There was also a tradition of dropping the cake on bride's head. It was for prosperity and fertility of the couple.
The Hawaiian wedding cake is served to all the guests who come to share the couple's happiness. Once, the couple is legally declared as husband and wife they cut the beautiful cake which is specially made according to the likes of the couple. Hawaiian wedding cakes are multi tier cakes made in various flavors. These cakes are made out of tropical fruits which are easily available in these regions. Pineapple, guava, coconut, lemons, oranges are the fruits used with chocolate and vanilla flavors in the cakes.
Vanilla chiffon and vanilla cream are well-liked cake flavors. Those who have inclination for chocolate prefer Chocolate cheese cake or dark rich chocolate cake. Kona cream, Passion Mandarin and Haupia are also some popular Hawaiian wedding cake flavors. A lot of couples opt for these cakes as they are unique in preparation, decoration and taste. The bakers use a lot of different flavors or a combination of flavors in the form of butter scotch, cheese. This makes the cake great to taste and people remember it for a long time. A Hawaiian wedding cake can be two-tiered or three-tiered with different flavors in different tiers.
A typical Hawaiian wedding cake is decorated with flowers and orchids. Bold and vibrant colors like red, dark blue, yellow and leafy green are used as the color-scheme in the wedding. So, yellow plumeria flowers and red roses are commonly used. White hibiscus and lilies sometimes accompany the decorations. Various natural fruits like banana, strawberries and pineapples are used for decorating the table and the surroundings. A white cheese vanilla cake can be decorated with help of pink and lavender colored orchids. Sometimes the cake placed in a cake stand is rested on beach sand and is surrounded by orchids, fruits and flowers. This creates a natural ambiance perfect for a beach wedding.
The Hawaiian wedding cakes are attractive and taste really good. They are simple to make and you can relish them with your family. These cakes can be served as desserts. These are also served with ice-creams. Cheese, pudding of any flavor- vanilla, chocolate or buttercream, fruits-strawberry, pineapple, coconut or any other fruit, chopped nuts, cherries, flour, baking soda and beaten eggs are the commonly used ingredients of the recipe of a Hawaiian Wedding Cake. After mixing together sugar, flour and baking soda, one has to add the remaining ingredients in balanced proportion. Then it has to be placed in a greased pan and baked at 300-350 degree centigrade. Baking time should not exceed 50 minutes. Now, topping and garnishing are to be done using fruits, nuts and spices.
A lot of designs are engraved on the cake with the help of icing. A lot of motifs are used from nature in the decoration of the cake. In some weddings, you will find a big, well decorated, beautiful cake which matches the theme of the wedding whereas in some weddings, you find a lot of cup cakes finely laid out in a beautiful glass tray. Each guest can pick one. The decorations and colors used depend a lot on the wedding theme. The cakes have a center piece in form of a couple's small statue or figurine of bride and groom. There are floral decorations done in the middle of the cake.
A heart at the top center of the cake is one of the romantic ideas as a center piece. This heart is typically red in color and made out of silk, cloth, etc. Wedding cake toppers typically meant for Hawaiian weddings or beach weddings are favorite of the wedding couples. Popular ones are: Dolphin Hawaiian beach cake topper, funny couple Hawaiian cake topper, 'starfish', 'seaside jewels' or 'coastal mist' cake topper, palm beach or palm tree cake topper, Hawaiian Frog Prince topper, over the Threshold Hawaiian beach topper.
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