Tuesday 23 July 2019

8 alternatives to traditional wedding cakes

Spanning elaborate French croquembouche and tiered 'cakes of cheese', discover eight alternatives to traditional wedding cakes that are perfect for adding your own flair to your special day.

With its simple yet elegant appearance, range of fillings and diverse decoration possibilities, tiered white cakes have long been a traditional staple at weddings.

But, more recently couples have been branching out from the time-honoured choice and experimenting with different creations, which are ideal for injecting your own personality and tastes into your wedding day.

Whether you’re looking for quirky or chic, sweet or savoury, SoGlos has eight alternatives to the classic cakes to help inspire your wedding planning.

1. Croquembouche

Who says you have to skimp on elegance if you forego traditional cakes? This incredible French dessert, made from choux pastry balls piled into a cone shape, is both delicious and visually stunning, and can be made to your height and style specifications.

Stay effortlessly chic and choose to have it decorated with the classic caramel threads, or for even more wow factor add sugared almonds, chocolate, pastel-coloured macarons or edible flowers.

2. M’hencha

For an exotic twist, opt to have a Moroccan m’hencha cake, a spiral-shaped sweet pastry that’s similar to the north African specialty baklava only without the syrup.

The M’encha Company is a Cotswold-based artisan bakery run by Sophie Brown who makes the delicate and fragrant cakes, with flavours including citrus, rosewater and pistachio, and orange, cinnamon and date. The cakes can be served individually or stacked to mimic the classic tiered wedding style.

3. Wheels of cheese

If sweet just isn’t your thing at all, why not opt for a stack of your favourite cheeses instead? The tiered ‘cakes’ stack wheels of cheese to create a fabulous and visually stunning centrepiece that’s perfect for your evening buffet.

Mix up your cheeses so there’s something for everyone, and instead of decorating with flowers, adorn it with fruit, such as figs, grapes and apples, for a rustic and truly delicious alternative to sponge or fruitcake.

4. Cupcakes

If you’re struggling to decide on a favourite sponge flavour or fancy a different look, opting for beautifully iced cupcakes might be the perfect alternative for your wedding cake.

Treat your guests to a range of flavours, such as salted caramel, raspberry and lemon, or Red Velvet, with a combination of icing colours arranged on tiered trays evoking that classic wedding look yet adding a more modern twist.

5. Dessert bar

If you and your husband-to-be are foodie mad, then don’t just settle on one pudding choice, go for a decadent dessert bar instead and have all your favourite sweet treats on offer.

From mini puddings and ice-cream stations, to sugary doughnuts and dainty tarts, the choices are endless allowing you to include literally any confectionaries and treats you like, plus it makes for gorgeous decoration and photo opportunities too.

6. Pies

Whatever season you tie the knot, sweet pies can make a mouth-watering alternative to cakes, offering an array of scrumptuous fillings to impress your guests with.

Opt for a zingy citrus tart with summer fruits to complement a sunny outdoor wedding, while blackberry, apple and cinnamon is perfect for cosy autumnal celebrations.

7. Piñata cake

If you want to impress your guests without having a tiered masterpiece, choose a piñata cake and surprise the wedding party when you cut into it and reveal hidden sweets.

These playful cakes are perfect if you want to add a touch of fun to your wedding and would be a huge hit with younger guests, while an actual piñata would provide great entertainment during the evening do.

Macaron tower

Delicate, delicious and seriously pretty, macaron towers make a delightful alternative to cake, with the endless flavour combinations and a choice of contrasting, ombre or single tone colours giving couples plenty of options.

The crispy French treats can either be displayed on a stand, while the more complex croquembouche-style macaron tower is idea if you really want to pull out all the stops.

By Anna Bailey

© SoGlos
Tuesday 15 November 2016

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