The great cake debate

By Bride and Groom 10 October 2019

Traditional weddings are certainly not a thing of the past, but with some of the increasing millennial ideas that a cake doesn’t have to be the ‘be all and end all’ of a wedding comes a wave of delicious creations taking its place.

Jenaya Bell from One Sweet Baker said there is an increasing demand for custom desserts such as macarons, cheesecakes, cookies and cake popsicles. With that in mind, here are some wedding cake alternatives that won’t fail to deliver a delightful kick to the taste buds.

Jenaya's creations​​​

Macarons: The ‘king of French pastries’ has seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the past few years with every boutique bakery and kiosk stocking the mini meringues. The visual appeal in the array of beautiful pastel colours they come in means a technicolour line-up of the light and airy treats is sure to catch the eye of your guests.

Cake popsicles:  Although it may sound like a fusion of two of the most delectable desserts out there, in essence it is a cost-effective, charming way to satisfy your guests. Cake crumbs are mixed with icing and the resulting mixture is shaped into balls. The end product is a no-fuss, low-mess treat that is both mouth-watering and practical.

 ​​​Churros: Ever since coffee has made the switch from a high frequency bean juice to garnering all sorts of aesthetically pleasing associations, their delicious counterpart has up-scaled in style as well. The Portuguese rendition of a doughnut is a far cry from the traditional tiered cake but will certainly not lack in satisfying guests’ sweet tooths.

Cupcakes: The perfect substitute for heavier wedding cakes. The beauty of cupcakes is that they can be baked in different stunning colours and flavours to match any theme. As well as their flexibility in flavour, they can be a great alternative for those with dietary requirements.

Other ideas

‘Cheese cake’: If sweets aren’t your thing, a savoury centrepiece can provide more of a rustic feel if that is what you are searching for. An assortment of fine cheeses assembled in a layered fashion accompanied by crackers and fruit are setting the trend for modern weddings of late. And the kicker for this is they aren’t especially tricky or expensive to make, so you can do it all yourself.

Sweet/savoury fondue: While the chocolate fountain scene from Bridesmaids may not inspire much confidence in this idea, it is a fun way to engage guests with the Swiss tradition that is both cultured and delicious. It simply elevates your gathering.

Gelato cart: While ice-cream is always hard to beat as a sweet treat, gelato is the fashionable older brother with less fat and more flavour.  Whether it is the refreshing kick of a lemon sorbet or the smooth notes of a salted caramel, nothing instantly improves a hot summer day like savouring a scoop or two of gelato. Accompanied with a stylish artisan service cart it can really add panache to your reception.

Grazing table: And if you simply cannot come to a conclusion on the ‘sweet or savoury’ debate, why not provide guests with a wide selection of both. A banquet table dressed with fresh fruit, appetisers and cheeseboard essentials are a great way to keep the picky eaters content.

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