Her recent blog on fashion got me thinking about ‘trends’ – and I feel that this is a theme that carries through into cooking. Think about it…the 70s had the fondue faze, the 80s make me think of all the birthday parties I attended with fairy bread, the 90s had nuvo cuisine, and the 00s had some series Asian influence (with a definite lean away from the traditional Saturday Chinese and a move towards Thai’s fresher flavours). Just to name a few…
And now…well I am feeling that we are being hit with the cup cake trend or maybe what could be seen as the dying end of it!
Why do people think that it’s ok to replace a tradition cake with cup cakes in all circumstances? Ok…granted I was impressed when I attended 18th’s and 21st’s in which these bite-size cakes were appropriate. But now I am attending Weddings and I see these stands adored with frosted cup cakes, I cringe.
WHY? What was wrong with the 3-5 tired cake? Am I being too traditional? Have people forgotten that you’re meant to keep a slice of your cake in the freezer until your first-born’s christening? Well…I may be getting a little carried away there, BUT since the late 19th century couples have been saving the top tier of their wedding cake to enjoy on their first wedding anniversary. The idea behind this tradition is for the couple to remember the happy memories from their wedding day and first year of marriage.
I’m not saying your wedding cake can’t reflect your personality – heck, I am always super impressed when I walk passed Sweet Art in Paddington (http://www.sweetart.com.au/index.php) – but please don’t say ‘We are in love’ in cup cakes!