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A wedding cake made of cheese?

In cake on July 3, 2009 at 9:31 pm
A wedding cake with a difference

A wedding cake with a difference

Say no to the  white icing hegemony. Reject the conservativism of the sponge. Turn your back on marzipan.  Have a cake cutting ceremony without cake…

Bring on The Cake of Cheeses.

With a cake of cheeses you can have the drama of tiers without the associated overload of sugar.

The Haldon cake of cheese from The Cheese Shed - £199

The Haldon cake of cheese from The Cheese Shed - £199

Decorate your cake of cheese with flowers, ivy, fresh figs, cake toppers or even cherry tomatoes. You can go to town on decoration, because a cake of cheese could never be seen as twee.

Go  for black and white cheese reels for ultimate drama.

Go for black and white cheese reels for ultimate drama.

Plan on needing about a kilogram of cheese per 10 guests. It seems to work out at £20 for 10 guests, from looking at cakes from The House of Cheese, Fine Cheese and The Cheese Shed.

Decorate in olives and other cheese-friendly edibles.

Decorate in olives, grapes and other cheese-friendly edibles.

Five rounds of cheese looks pretty impressive. Start with something harder and less expensive for the base – like a nice Cheddar. Stick mainly to harder cheeses if you want to avoid a squished, stinky cheese mound. Then have soft goat’s cheese at the top.

Mix up your Wensleydales with your camemberts for lots of texture

Mix up your Wensleydales with your Camemberts for interesting textures

Then all you need are some crackers and a selection of chutneys and you’re ready to go.

You could even source local cheeses if you want to lower your carbon wedding footprint, like this lady.

And the best bit of all – you get to use the gag

“You may now cut the cheese…”

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The ultimate wedding cake bake-off

In cake on June 28, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Homemade wedding Cake from 2000dollarwedding

Homemade wedding Cake from 2000dollarwedding

The wedding cake. Expensive and often not that tasty. Certainly not as tasty as my mum’s cherry cake or my friend Suzy’s lemon drizzle cake. So why pay some baker to create you some white marzipan encrusted monstrosity? No, this is your chance to have (drum roll)… THE ULTIMATE WEDDING CAKE BAKE OFF.

Bring on the bake-off

Bring on the bake-off

Not only do you avoid astronomic wedding cake costs, but you create something totally individual, collaborative and a mini-event in itself. Ask close friends and family to bake and bring along their favourite cake.For extra competitiveness pitch the bride’s family against the groom’s family. May the best bakers win.

Finally, instead of a cake cutting ceremony have The Bake Off Awards. Award prizes to all the bakers (Best Carrot Cake Award, Best Coconut Cake with Lime Buttercream Award etc.) Appropriate prizes could be a silver cake fork or an apron.

Decorate cakes with flowers

Decorate cakes with flowers

One final advantage is Cake Diversity – you end up with lots of different cakes, so guests are likely to at least like something. Here’s the top ten most requested cakes according to the New York magazine:

10. Chocolate-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and mocha buttercream

9. Banana cake and chocolate buttercream

8. Coconut cake and lime buttercream

7. Hazelnut-almond cake, chocolate ganache, and raspberries

6. White cake, lemon buttercream, and raspberries

5. Chocolate devil’s food cake, chocolate ganache, and praline buttercream

4. Lemon cake, lemon curd, and vanilla buttercream

3. Yellow butter cake and chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate ganache

2. Chocolate devil’s food cake, vanilla buttercream, and raspberries

1. Chocolate devil’s food cake and vanilla buttercream

And to avoid last minute panics, encourage your trusty bakers to bake in advance. Once the cakes are cooled wrap them in clingfilm super tight, then wrap in foil just in case, then pop them in the freezer. Then the night before just defrost, add fillings and decorate.

Bake your cakes in advance, wrap tightly in clingfilm then defrost the night before

Bake your cakes in advance, wrap tightly in clingfilm then defrost the night before

Keep decoration simple. – There’s no need to get OTT about decorations. Some whipped cream for fillings, a little icing sugar on top, followed by a handful of berries or a flower can look marvelous.

Wedding cake for the Nouveau Poor

In cake on April 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm

If you don’t fancy handing over a wild amount of crisp notes to a wedding baker, then a home made cake is the way to go. The secret is to avoid the traditional…

1. The Rainbow Cake – Cut through the white icing to reveal rainbow sponge. This is modern day genius.

OMG, simply the most awesome wedding cake on the planet.

OMG, simply the most awesome wedding cake on the planet.

Making rainbow cake

Making rainbow cake

Find out how to make it here.

2. Big balloons, tiny cake. The cutting of the cake isn’t really about cake. It’s about drama. Create an exciting cake environment, and no one will notice the frugality of your actual cake.

Big balloons, tiny cake

Big balloons, tiny cake

3. No cake. Really, you wont spontaneously combust if you don’t have cake.

4. Sweetie Bar. Or, as the Americans say, a candy bar. You could sack off the cake, and have your photo taken opening the Sweetie Bar by cutting a ribbon with an ornate pair of scissors. It could be called The Opening of The Sweetie Bar Ceremony.

The Sweetie Bar a.k.a The Candy Bar

The Sweetie Bar a.k.a The Candy Bar

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In cake on March 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Cupcakes are the wedding cake's smaller cuter little sisters.

Cupcakes are the wedding cake's smaller cuter little sisters.

The wedding cake a particularly flagrant waste of money. Here’s how not to end up spending all your hard-earned pounds on icing:

1. Use a non-weddingy supplier. Jane Elliott in London is apparently very reasonable.

2. Doughnuts. On a tiered cake stand. You can even get a Krispy Kreme version.

Krispy Kremes for your wedding cake?

Krispy Kremes for your wedding cake?

3. Mum’s help. Get your mother to make one for you.

4. Cupcakes. Crumbs and Doilies do amazing ones.

Antique rose pink wedding cupcakes

Antique rose pink wedding cupcakes

5. Don’t have one. No one ever eats them anyway.

6. Fake cake. Have a real cake on the top tier and plastic replicas on the lower tiers. They’re iced with a gummy fondant. Some people have the whole thing fake, with just one edible slice which they cut around. Find them at Cake Rental in the States.

A faux cake from Cake Rental

A faux cake from Cake Rental

In the UK, there’s an Ebay seller doing them for £150 for four tiers.

Real icing over plastic foam

Real icing over plastic foam

7. Supermarket cakes. Marks and Spencer do an ivory coloured three tier sponge cake simply iced for £75.

Marks and Spencer wedding cake

Marks and Spencer wedding cake

8. Decoration by guests. Get guests to decorate cupcakes with a choice of hundreds and thousands and chocolate drops.

Found by the ingenious Budget Bride

Found by the ingenious Budget Bride

9. DIY Decoration. Decorate your cake yourself, with fresh strawberries, silk flowers or edible pansies.

10.Have a sweetie bar instead.

A wedding sweetie bar courtesy of Stickers and Donuts

A wedding sweetie bar courtesy of Stickers and Donuts