highly ornate or overly elaborate: wedding-cake architecture.

Origin of wedding-cake

First recorded in 1875–80

wedding cake


a white cake, traditionally in tiered layers, covered with white icing and decorated.
(in England) a fruit cake, similar in appearance.

Origin of wedding cake

First recorded in 1640–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wedding-cake

Historical Examples of wedding-cake

  • He would be saying, "I will eat my wedding-cake and keep it."

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • It was going to be very dark and rich, something like a wedding-cake.

  • "Well, a wedding-cake's the next thing after the bride," she answered.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • That wedding-cake took the tart away from anything I've ever seen.

    T. Tembarom

    Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • But the Norwegian wedding-cake was the pride of its nation, amongst them all.

    The Retrospect

    Ada Cambridge

British Dictionary definitions for wedding-cake

wedding cake


a rich fruit cake, with one, two, or more tiers, covered with almond paste and decorated with royal icing, which is served at a wedding reception
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