My friend Rita in Punxatawney, Pennsylvania (no, she is a not a groundhog, but I do consider Rita my friend, she is a wonderful reader who reads The Amish Cook in The Punxsutawney Spirit and has been very helpful to me over the past year!) Anyway, she attended a wedding of an Amish couple in Pennsylvania a year or so ago and shared with me some rare photos of the cake which I thought I would share with all of you. We are, after all, approaching Amish wedding season.
The cake is very plain in both color and decor, but still ornate enough to mark the occasion. Also, notice the table service next to the cake, far fancier than what you’d find at almost any other time. The wider shot below shows some of the pretty flowers and other decor to mark this great day. The cake is displayed in a “wedding corner”, which is common custom among the Amish.
Most Amish wedding cakes are pretty plain. I wrote about Amish wedding cakes last year and linked to a photo of a wedding cake made by an Amish woman in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. Notice the fancier flair to that cake?
We are heading into Amish wedding season in many Midwestern settlements. About a month from now the weddings will really be ramping up. In more southern settlements, the wedding season is winding down. Weddings are often held in the winter in Amish communities in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Arkansas to avoid the summer heat. Amish wedding cakes are delicious. It’s not uncommon to have what are called “side cakes”, which are additional cakes to complement the main cake. Obviously the cake above wouldn’t be big enough to feed the entire wedding crowd. At this wedding there was leftover cake which was bagged up and given to Amish guests as they left.
There is no “official wedding season”….Amish weddings are very common in May, June, and July in Amish communities in the Midwest, but October has become increasingly popular.