Help! This year would have been my great grandparents' 100th anniversary. They never had a real wedding or wedding cake. So, my aunt has asked me to make a period specific wedding cake for our family reunion. I have struggled with ideas. It also can't be too elaborate as I have to travel a couple hours with it. Who has ideas for me?
How wonderful your family will be celebrating their anniversary!
I'm sure you've already done this, but when I goggled 1915 traditional wedding cake, I came up with only a few blurry results (photos were expensive then!). But this site has a better photo of a 1915 cake http://raredelights.com/10-spectacular-vintage-wedding-cakes/ which looks Victorian to me with the basket of flowers, string work and swags.
If you goggle images for traditional Victorian wedding cake, you'll get a lot of ideas ranging from simple to complex.
I hope you'll share a photo of your finished.
Enjoy your family reunion and the celebration of your grandparent's anniversary!
Help! This year would have been my great grandparents' 100th anniversary. They never had a real wedding or wedding cake. So, my aunt has asked me to make a period specific wedding cake for our family reunion. I have struggled with ideas.
Since your aunt has asked for a "period specific wedding cake", I would recommend keeping it fairly simple. Tiered wedding cakes probably didn't exist for any but the ultra-rich in 1915.
Depending on the number of people at the reunion, here are a couple of suggestions:
Look at this picture and replicate the bottom tier only. Obviously, you don't have to be as detailed, this was literally for a Queen. You could do this with a simple star tip. I'd also recommend keeping the cake white, white, white. White (= virgin) was a big deal in 1915. (Although I'm sure there were quite a few 6 or 7 month babies, lol.)
Here's what I'd recommend, look at this photo, and take away the stacked design and the seashells, and you are left with a "vintage" look. Classic buttercream cake with real and classic piping
If you use a shortening or shortening/butter buttercream and keep to single 4" high tiers instead of stacked tiers, these should travel well and look ok for the reunion. If you need some sturdy, dependable, tasty recipes, let me know.