Cake Charm Meanings

A Comprehensive List of Meanings for Traditional and Trendy Cake Charms

A Victorian tradition, cake pull charms foretell the fortunes of the wedding party. Set of six sterling silver charms available from Etsy vendor Kelly Lynn Designs.

Traditionally, cake charms are made of silver and sold in sets of 8, 10 or 12, although many vendors will allow you to build your own set.

An old Victorian rhyme notes that:

The ring is for marriage within a year;
The penny is for wealth, my dear;
The thimble is for an old maid or bachelor born;
The button is for sweethearts all forlorn.

Once baked into the cake, the charms are now tied to a satin ribbon.

Although white is the typical color chosen, any ribbon color is available upon request to match the wedding color scheme. Many vendors provide a keepsake card with each charm to explain the meaning. You can always request custom printing or create your own cards if you want to assign another meaning to the charm. Depending on the sentiments you want to express and your cultural background, you can even have the charms custom made.

Lucky in Love

  • Anchor: You will find love that is steady and true.
  • Castle: You will live happily ever after.
  • Entangled Hearts: You will have everlasting love.
  • Fleur-de-Lis: You will live a life of prosperity. A traditional symbol among Acadian communities.
  • Flower: New love is blossoming.
  • Key: Love holds the key to your heart
  • Ring: You will get married within one year.
  • Wishing Well: Make a wish for true love and it will come true.
  • Heart: You will know true love in your life.
  • Crown: You will meet the man of your dreams.
  • Claddagh: You will have eternal love based on loyalty and friendship.

Good Luck

  • Angel: A protector to watch over you.
  • Coin: Good luck in money.
  • Dime: Riches will be yours.
  • Dollar Sign: You will acquire great wealth.
  • Corkscrew: You will soon have something to celebrate.
  • Star: Your greatest wish will come true.
  • Four Leaf Clover: Good luck will find you soon.
  • Horseshoe: Good luck will find you soon. A traditional Irish symbol.
  • Kite: Something fun is about to happen.
  • Red Bean: Good luck is heading your way. A common symbol in Louisiana and South America.
  • Telephone: Good news will soon come calling.
  • Wishbone: Your wish will come true.
  • Bird: A new opportunity will soon present itself.

A Fortunate Life

  • Key: You will have a secure life.
  • Shoe: May you always find one that fits.
  • Sun: Your future is bright.
  • Picture Frame: A lifetime of memories.
  • Popsicle: A lifetime of sweet surprises.
  • Sunglasses: You will lead a life of leisure.
  • Saxophone: Your home will always be in harmony.
  • Wreath: You will have a contented life.
  • Nautical Star: You will always find your way.
  • Golf Clubs: You will enjoy a life of leisure.
  • Pen: You will be famous.
  • Cross: You will have a life filled with peace and tranquility.
  • Seashell: You will have a life of timeless beauty.

Fertility

  • Baby: You will have the next child.
  • Baby Bottle: You will be blessed with many children.
  • Pacifier: Your child will have a peaceful life.

Adventure

  • Airplane: You will have a well-traveled life filled with adventure.
  • Motorcyle: You will lead a life of excitement.
  • Hot Air Balloon: An adventure in the air awaits you.
  • Ship: An adventure on the high seas awaits you.

Personality Traits

  • Garden trowel: You are nurturing and caring.
  • Butterfly: Eternal beauty.
  • Mermaid: You are a free spirit.
  • Dolphin: You have a playful soul.
  • Recycling: You are an asset to your community.

Bad Luck

Although many modern brides opt to forgo the unluck charms so that they do not hamper the joyous mood of the day, historically the cake would contain at least one ill fortune.

  • Thimble: A life of hard work.
  • Button: You will never marry.
  • Penny: A lifetime of poverty.