The wedding cake is often considered the centrepiece of a wedding feast, however, whilst the traditional tiered fruitcake remains popular, it’s not always to everyone’s style or taste. There are plenty of alternatives available to stay within tradition, but adding your very own special twist.
The cake is a symbolic part of a wedding with various customs surrounding it. In the middle ages, wedding guests brought buns along, which were stacked to make the wedding cake – the more tiers the more popular the bride! The cutting of the cake originates from the Greek tradition and it was believed to ensure a happy and fertile marriage.
If you are looking for a wedding cake with a twist, here are some alternatives you may like to consider:
1. Macaroons to swoon. These wonderful little creations come in a seemingly endless number of flavours and colours. Stack them with fruits and flowers, you have a vibrant and not to mention, mouth-watering centrepiece.
2. A stack of… What makes a wedding cake look spectacular is often its shape and size. If you want to be creative, you can go to town with your favourite sweet pastry, biscuit or cake. It may just be a mountain of brownies accompanied by strawberries and flowers, nevertheless, make it extravagant and use Belgian chocolate, toffee or confectioners glaze to keep it altogether.
3. Drizzle with… If you’re a lover of waffles, stack them high and drizzle with syrup and fruit. Or create a donut feast: these simple tasty delights, elegantly decorated with some edible gold can be transformed into a celebration masterpiece fit for a special occasion.
4. Croquembouche. A dessert made from profiteroles, or choux pastry balls, these are piled into a cone and bound together with caramel. It’s often served in Italy and France for celebratory events.
5. Chalkboard cake. Not too sure what you want on your cake? Then cover it with a special chalkboard exterior. This can be decorated by an artist or get creative yourself! The happy couple, or even their guests, can decorate, draw, write, and create elaborate designs to their hearts content.
6. Think beyond the ‘fruit’ cake. Ponder with pastry and create a wedding cake made from pies. Meringues are another option: go extravagant with a huge pavlova filled with luscious fruit or go mini and have small individual meringues placed together on a stand. Cheesecakes laden with fruit can also be alternative that works well with different sizes stacked high.
7. A summer wedding. The perfect accompaniment would be a wild woodland summer wedding cake with edible flowers and wild strawberries. Otherwise, abandon the cake altogether and create a waterfall of fresh fruit. 8. Anyone for ice-cream? If it’s a beach wedding, or you simply want to bring to your celebration the vibes of being at the seaside, nothing says it more than ice-cream. Whilst an ice-cream cake may need some careful attention, it can look spectacular, taste great and cool your guests down on a hot day.
9. Make it icy! Going even cooler than the ice-cream wedding cake, this is a cake made out of ice. Team it with miniature bottles of liquor or shot glasses, or even miniature desserts, and it’s a toast and dessert in one.
10. Don’t like it sweet? Take the cheese cake to a new level with a cake made from only real cheese. Dedicated to cheese lovers, this is not a cake made from flour and eggs. There’s a wide range of cheese to select from, provided they come in a round or wheel shape. A large wheel of Dutch Edam or Gouda at the bottom, topped with a circle of Emmental, perhaps a ball of blue cheese, finishing at the top with smaller rounds of softer cheese such as Camembert and Brie.
When it comes to the moment of cutting your alternative wedding cake, you will have the option to slice into one that not only brings much happiness for the future, but also lots of smiles on the day.
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Written by Lisa Kesteven