Sunday, 29 May 2016

5 Stunning ASO-EBI inspired Nigerian Wedding Cakes!

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"Aso-Ebi" is a Yoruba language term used to connote a uniform cloth material usually chosen for family members and friends of celebrants at Weddings, Funerals, Coronation etc. "ASO"meaning cloth and "EBI" meaning Family in Yoruba language. At weddings usually it is used to identify friends and family of the Bride and Groom. It is sometimes used to distinguish the guests of the bride and the groom, where the bride's guest may wear a particular color and the groom another,  especially when it comes to "item 7"(refreshment time for the guests) LOL. It is also used to mark solidarity and co-operation. It is a very unique tradition that started with in the Yoruba culture and has spread to other Nigerian ethnic cultures. Aso-ebi styles have evolved over time and has become an art especially with wedding guests trying to outshine each other with beautiful designs. The Aso-ebi craze has also extended into wedding cakes, beautiful designs have been incorporated into wedding cakes that they stand out at wedding ceremonies. Below, I will share 5 beautiful pictures of some of these cakes I found on some Nigerian Wedding blogs and Instagram. I couldn't resist but to write and post about some of them. Enjoy!



1.  "GEORGE" Material Inspired Cake 

"GEORGE" is a very popular cloth material used mainly by the Eastern and South-Southern part of Nigeria. It is a very expensive material that connotes a lot of class and elegance. Its incorporation into the cake just symbolizes Class and Elegance of the Bride and Groom. Its something worth imbibing.

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2. "Ankara" Material Inspired Cake

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"Ankara" is a popular cloth material used by many ethnic groups in Nigeria. It cuts across all the cultures and it a very used cloth material for Aso-ebi  styles. In the picture, we see that different types of Ankara prints have been represented, and the cake looks absolutely beautiful.The clothes and beads in the box symbolizes that the groom is ready and financially capable of taking care of the bride.

3. "Ankara"Material Inspired Cake


 This beautiful Ankara inspired wedding cake, I stumbled upon on
Instagram and couldn't take my eyes off it that I had to post it. The colour contrast on this cakes makes it very unique and beautiful. Its a wedding cake idea worth imbibing.



 4. Aso-Oke Inspired Wedding Cake
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Aso-Oke is a hand woven fabric made by the Yoruba people of western Nigeria. Aso oke means cloth on top in literal English language.  Usually woven by men, the fabric is used to make men's gowns, called Agbada, women's wrappers, called iro, and men's hats, called fila.(wikipedia). There are three different types of aso-oke worn by the Yoruba people. ere are three types of traditional aso oke worn by Yoruba people 
  1.  Alaari - a rich red aso oke 
  2.  Sanyan - a brown and usually light brown aso oke
  3.  Etu - a dark blue aso oke.
Aso oke fabrics are usually worn with aran, a brown velvet with concentric designs. Its with this beautiful qualities that incorporating it into a wedding cake will definitely make it stand out. 

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5. "Lace"Material Inspired Wedding Cake

Lace materials usually connotes wealth and elegance at weddings. They are very sophisticated pieces of fabric and are usually expensive. This beautiful lace inspired wedding cake beams class and elegance and it is a must-imbibe wedding idea.

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  1. The manager suggested doing a signature cocktail during cocktail hour, which turned to be a huge hit. There is a full bar close to the entrance area of wedding venues nyc, so we were covered there too. Dessert was a presentation of cookies (all looked homemade) and my favorite was the white chocolate, macadamia nut.