Since Queen Victoria introduced the idea of a lavish, tiered wedding cake to the world; we have all be obsessed. The wedding cake is a huge focal point at the reception, and is usually proudly placed on a table surrounded by plates and other nibbles. However, not everyone shares a fondness for the taste of wedding cake, with fruitcake not being the most popular type of cake in the world.
That’s why today we are going to take a look at some of the unique alternatives people have come up with, making the simple wedding cake into a much broader term.
Pretty much everyone loves cheesecake, it’s one of those desserts which you can make into any flavour and make it your own. You could create an impressive tiered design by laying cheesecakes on platters of varying heights, you’ll get the same ‘wedding’ effect, but without the fruitcake.
Naked Wedding Cakes
No, we aren’t talking about anything untoward here; we are simply talking about a wedding cake with no fondant icing. Not everyone likes fondant icing, and with many of us becoming more health conscious, the thought of eating a chunk of sugar slightly loses its appeal.
Naked wedding cakes are tiered like a normal wedding cake, but instead of covering the whole thing in sugar roses, they use edible flowers to add a splash of colour and a delicate touch to the dessert. Another popular topping is fresh fruit, making this wedding cake feel quaint and natural.
If you aren’t into puddings, then a savoury option such as a tiered pork pie ‘cake’ is a great choice. You could even decorate it with some tomatoes and a dusting of parmesan for a little flair.
If you’ve ever seen a French style bakery, you’ll have probably marvelled at how delicate and beautiful macarons look in the shop window. If you want to make a statement at your wedding with these stunning creations, you can create a tower with different colours and flavours.
Fudgy, gooey, messy… not necessarily the words you’d associate with a wedding, especially near your white dress. But brownies are irresistible at the best of times, building a tower of them might make you rethink who you say your vows to on the day.
Mini Cakes and Cupcakes
If you can’t pick a flavour for your cake, or you just don’t want to stray too far from tradition; cupcakes are a really great option to have at your wedding. You could choose 2 or 3 different flavours and stack them up to make an impressive display for your guests.
If cake isn’t your thing, why not make a Ferrero Rocher Pyramid? Your guests will love it, and you will no doubt have some left over at the end of the night. If not, you could always make a platter with different desserts on to suit everyone’s tastes. Cupcakes, mini cheesecakes, millionaire shortbread etc… the sky’s the limit.