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Written by JulieW
(4/1/2008 1:13 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How long was this wedding cake around?, penned by Joan Ellen
Elizabeth Raffald’s recipe book The Experienced English Housekeeper(1769), was the first book in the English cooking tradition to give a recipe for an iced bride cake, and the recipe is one that has survived at traditional English weddings today. (Slightly off topic it was not unknown in the late 19th century/early to mid 20th century for the top layer of a wedding cake to be kept uncut to serve as the Christening cake for the first child of the union.its keeping qualities are noted ;-).... )
Do note that in addition to the fruitcake base Mrs Raffald give recipes for Almond Icing( marzipan) and Sugar Icing( royal icing), which are to be placed on top of the cooked cake. This helps preserve it .
Here is Elizabeth Raffald's classic Bride Cake recipe:
To make a Bride Cake
Rich, yes...unwholesome? Nevah! ;-)
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