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Cake Toppers: Horseshoe

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2002

This is a classic symbol of good fortune; a bride in England might tie a horseshoe charm to her wrist for luck. The topper here is made of phalaris, a dried grass that resembles wheat, itself an emblem of fertility and abundance. The ribbon is embroidered with the couples' initials. A mix of marzipan and rolled fondant gives the cake a golden glow, which contrasts with the white royal-icing wheat sheaves piped on the sides of the tiers.

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