Cake toppers have come to mean the reflection of your style and imagination in the modern times. They are a necessary accessory of any cake ensemble. The main aim behind putting up a cake topper is that it creates the proper mood, gives a definite meaning to the occasion and adds beauty to the cake.Traditionally toppers were used to adorn the wedding cakes but as times changed, the utility of this product also changed. In the present times, cake toppers adorn all types of cakes like the birthday cake, cakes made for children’s party and even the cakes made especially on the occasion of the sixteenth birthday.
The history of the cake toppers can be traced a long way back in the history. It has a rich cultural background that highlights the development of this art form. There are many theories related to the rise of this tradition. According to one, the tradition is so old that it is really very difficult to speculate the origin of this art.
Then some others say that it developed a few hundred years back and relate it to the baker’s daughter’s wedding. She had asked her father to make some kind of love symbol that it would be visible to all at the wedding. So the baker designed the bride and groom figurines and thus the tradition set in.
Another theory goes that these toppers became very popular during the late 19th century. According to one of the articles in the June 2006 edition of the Antique Shoppe Newspaper, “The idea of wedding toppers in general and bride and groom toppers in particular had expanded enough in 1927 for the Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog where it include a whole page of wedding cake ornaments.” This was quoted in relation to the Bride and Groom Cake Toppers and amply signifies the rise of this craft.
The wedding cakes were decorated with small figurines of the bride and the groom in various postures on top of the cake. This was the first stage of its development. After the wedding celebrations were over, these figurines were treasured by the married couple as mementos.
As time changed, the cake toppers too underwent significant changes in forms, size and appearances. Plenty of other options emerged like the silver bells, love birds, doves, cherubs, cupids etc.
Traditionally the bride and groom cake toppers were depicted in formal attire but over the period it has undergone change. Today there are different styles and themes which are being used as cake toppers. There are less formal ones, the comical ones or the ones depending upon the couple’s fantasies and imagination. If we talk about weddings only, then there has been a growing diversity in marriages these days. Multi-ethnic wedding toppers are also available as are same-sex wedding toppers.
Toppers for children’s party can be anything from a cartoon character to some fairy like figurine. There is a growing trend to have one’s own favorite celebrity as the cake topper, whether it is Harry Potter or Hannah Montana. These can be made edible so that the child enjoys eating the cake with his/her favorite celebrity.
Thus, they can vary according to an individual’s choice, taste, imagination and the willingness to have something unique and different on their cake.