How to Make A Charm Cake

By Natalie T.
December 12, 2011

Bundt Cake
The charm cake is an old Southern tradition. At the bridesmaid luncheon, the bride presented her bridesmaids a cake. Inside or under the cake, the bride has hidden a number of silver charms and attached them to ribbons.

The bride would have each of her bridesmaids (as well as other important women in her life) pull a charm from the cake before it was cut.  It was believed each charm had a special meaning, a bit of advice, or would foretell the future in luck, romance, fortune, etc.

The charms can also nest between the cake layers while the cake is being frosted.  You can hide the charms under plastic film to protect the cake decoration, but we went a little more rustic and messy.

Many stores online sell charm packets and include fortunes. Some brides serve the charm cake at their wedding. There are several variations to the tradition and we love them all.

We have included three methods on how to make a charm cake.

Method 1: The Bundt Charm Cake

You will need:
your favorite cake recipe
a bundt cake pan
the same number of charms as bridesmaids
pieces of satin ribbon, cut to about 12 to 14 inches
powdered sugar, cocoa powder, your favorite glaze, or frosting*
* Our favorite is a simple lemon sugar glaze made with 2 cups of shifted powdered sugar and 3 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

1. Bake your cake as per the cake directions.
2. As the cake cools, tie the ribbons to the charms.
3. Place the cake on the serving platter.
4. Drop the charms into the center of the cake and arrange the ribbons so they hang over the edge of the cake.

Method 2: Charms under the cake

You will need:
your favorite cake recipe
your favorite cake pan
the same number of charms as bridesmaids
pieces of satin ribbon, cut to about 12 to 14 inches
your favorite frosting or glaze

1. Bake the cake as per your recipe’s directions.
2. As the cake cools, tie the ribbons to the charms.
3. Place the charms towards center of the plate and let the ribbon hang about four to six inches over the edge of the plate.
4. If frosting the cake, cover the edges of the plate with strips of wax or parchment paper. This should protect the ribbons from getting dirty.
5. Place the cake on top of the charms and frost.
6. When you’re ready to serve the cake, remove the strips of paper carefully.

Method 3: Charms in the Cake

You will need:
your favorite cake recipe
your favorite cake pan
the same number of charms as bridesmaids
pieces of satin ribbon, cut to about 12 to 14 inches
your favorite frosting and glaze

1. Bake the cake as per your recipe’s directions.
2. As the cake cools, tie the ribbons to the charms.
3. If frosting, line plate with strips of wax or parchment paper.
4. Arrange the cake on the plate and frost and decorate.
5. Allow the frosting to set for a few hours.
6. Right before serving, carefully push each charm into the cake. To make sure the charms are evenly spaced, place the second charm on the opposite side of the cake. Place the third in between the first and second and so on and so forth.
7. Remove the paper.

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