Traditional Wedding Cake a.k.a. Fruitcake

Remember this bad boy?

So a well known fact about me amongst my friends is that I wrote my Master’s thesis on the history of the American wedding cake. I sort of stumbled upon the idea while frantically pawing books in the New York Public Library and came across an interesting article about Queen Victoria’s children’s wedding cakes. Unfortunately, Simon R. Charsley beat me to the British versions so I settled for American. A major component of my thesis was to gather as many recipes for wedding cake as I could. I now have a compendium of roughly 80 recipes spanning from the early 19th century up to the 1950s for both wedding cake and bride’s loaf/cake.

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Bride Loaf a.k.a. Lemon Loaf Cake

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, Chitlins: I am incredibly competitive. I am also a really, really sore loser. This would be great, if I were always good at things; but it turns out, quite frequently in fact, that I am not so good at a lot of things. Ask The BF. We both grew up playing cribbage {seriously, I swear we’re both tiny grumpy men trapped in 20-something bodies, well 30-something for him :)}. So when we went up to Vermont for Christmas two years ago he challenged me to a cribbage match; a match that spanned an entire week. Not only did he beat me, several times, he also skunked me twice. I now refuse to play him in cribbage.

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