The options for your wedding cake or cakes, is absolutely endless! Although some people still want a traditional fruitcake, others are leaning towards delicious sponges including the likes of vanilla, lemon, red velvet, chocolate, mocha (mmmm). So what are your options for a non-traditional wedding cake?
What I would say is to try and use no more than two of your favourite flavours within the one cake. Think about what flavours you love as a couple and also what works with the seasons. For example, lemon is a lovely light sponge for spring and summer weddings. Remember you can even ask you cake maker to add dummy layers if you’re looking for a more dramatic, higher tiered cake without the added cost.
More and more, couples are deciding against a single cake and opting for buffet style ‘sweet tables’ instead. A fun and pretty addition to your wedding, a dessert table dressed with cookies, macaroons, miniature cakes, cupcakes, profiteroles and other sweets is a great way to get your guests interacting and they double as lovely, sweet take home favours. There’s lots of little baking finishing touches you can pick up which will compliment you theme.
For smaller, informal weddings, you can opt for either a smaller tiered cake or miniature cakes or cupcakes. Styles can vary from the traditional/classic and vintage varieties to modern/quirky/arty (adorned with fresh flowers, sugar flowers, hand painted, ribbons). Lovely!
Why not design your own cakepops? The new trend for young couples who want something completely different, cake pops instantly inject a feeling of fun to your wedding day. So, what are they? A bite-sized morsel of cake coated in chocolate and stuck on a lollipop stick, that’s what. We’ve even found a little recipe for you here in case you’d like to try to make them yourselves.
One of my personal favourites (as a lover of cheeses) was the ‘cheese cake’ I had at a recent wedding. Instead of a sweet selection, the bride and groom had chosen a cake made with different layers of cheeses including Camembert, Brie and Yorkshire blue alongside other less well-known types. Surrounded by a bed of grapes and crackers – it was really something special!
Top tip: Your cake designer should guide you on the different flavours and fillings that are available. During the tasting, make sure that the cakes are moist and bursting with flavour. You certainly don’t want to have a cake that looks good but is dry and tastes of artificial ingredients.
Good luck choosing the most delicious element of your big day,