With today being the first day of Summer 2017, and summer weddings being a thing (they’re still a thing, right? Okay, good.), a glance backward through time at the evolution of the wedding cake over the past century seems a natural place to go. The infographic shared below provides insights, not just into the history of the wedding cake, but also into how wedding centerpieces have changed through the decades, as well as the reasons that underlie those perhaps arbitrary-seeming changes. To understand the symbolism of these pieces of edible art, one must first come to understand the traditions, recipes and complexities of each decade. This illustrated guide is your key to that vault of knowledge. So go on and cut yourself a piece.
This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.