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bride +‎ cake

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bridecake (countable and uncountable, plural bridecakes)

  1. (archaic) Rich or highly ornamented cake, to be distributed to the guests at a wedding, or sent to friends after the wedding.
    • 1648, Robert Herrick, “The Bride-Cake” in Hesperides,[1]
      This day my Julia thou must make
      For Mistresse Bride, the wedding Cake:
      Knead but the Dow, and it will be
      To paste of Almonds turn’d by thee:
      Or kisse it thou, but once, or twice,
      And for the Bride-Cake ther’l be Spice.
    • 1860, Mary Theresa Vidal, Bengala, Or, Some Time Ago, London: John W. Parker & Son, Volume 1, Chapter 15, pp. 193-194,[2]
      But when the day should come for sending a piece of bridecake and cards with ‘Mrs. Herbert’ on them, all these wrongs would be avenged!
    • 1871-2, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Book I, Chapter 3,[3]
      Mr. Casaubon seemed even unconscious that trivialities existed, and never handed round that small-talk of heavy men which is as acceptable as stale bride-cake brought forth with an odor of cupboard.
    • 1874, John Ruskin, letter to Charles Eliot Norton, 12 October, 1874, in Letters of John Ruskin to Charles Eliot Norton, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1904, p. 107[4]
      The Glacier des Bois is no more. Of that of our days is left a little white tongue of ice showing in the blank bed. . . . But the saddest of all is Mont Blanc itself from here—it is, to what it was, as a mere whitewashed wall to a bridecake.
    • 1876, Lewis Carroll, The Hunting of the Snark, Fit the First[5]
      He came as a Baker: but owned, when too late—
      And it drove the poor Bellman half-mad—
      He could only bake Bridecake—for which, I may state,
      No materials were to be had.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “bridecake” in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)