Wedding Cake Figure

Wedding cake toppers were first produced in the 1880s. However, it was not until they were massed produced in the 1950s that the figures began to reflect different races. Before this time, individual bakers, brides, or family members sometimes painted standard figures to resemble a specific couple. This wedding cake figure from 1956 is one of the earliest to reflect the appearance of the bride and groom. In later years, manufacturers have produced cake figures to appeal to different racial and ethnic buyers. They offer a variety of characteristics such as hair and eye color, mustaches, and even moles to personalize the figures.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1956
Physical Description
plaster (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 8 cm x 4.3 cm; 3 1/8 in x 1 11/16 in
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Artifact Walls exhibit
Family & Social Life
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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